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Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

North Carolina, 2018: Morgan Christopher’s life has been derailed. Taking the fall for a crime she did not commit, she finds herself serving a three-year stint in the North Carolina Women’s Correctional Center. Her dream of a career in art is put on hold—until a mysterious visitor makes her an offer that will see her released immediately. Her assignment: restore an old post office mural in a sleepy southern town. Morgan knows nothing about art restoration, but desperate to leave prison, she accepts. What she finds under the layers of grime is a painting that tells the story of madness, violence, and a conspiracy of small town secrets. 

North Carolina, 1940: Anna Dale, an artist from New Jersey, wins a national contest to paint a mural for the post office in Edenton, North Carolina. Alone in the world and desperate for work, she accepts. But what she doesn’t expect is to find herself immersed in a town where prejudices run deep, where people are hiding secrets behind closed doors, and where the price of being different might just end in murder. 

What happened to Anna Dale? Are the clues hidden in the decrepit mural? Can Morgan overcome her own demons to discover what exists beneath the layers of lies?

Big Lies in a Small isn’t something I would normally pick up, but I found it on sale and decided to give it a go.

I love a book where the plot switches timelines. Personally, it keeps me – as the reader – engaged. I love to see how the stories play out and connect in the end.

The story starts off strong but slows until the last third. If there wasn’t a built-in deadline in the book, I would have thought we were never getting closer to the end. It really isn’t until the last bit where all the pieces start coming together. It’s a bit predictable, both past and present timelines, but it didn’t deter my interest at all.

★★★★☆

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The provided summary of Big Lies in a Small Town can be found here

★★★★★: Unforgettable, one of a kind. A book that will be hard to forget.
★★★★☆: A good read with little to no flaws.
★★★☆☆: A decent read, but not one I would put on the top of your “To Be Read” pile.
★★☆☆☆: Needs major work, did not enjoy but was able to finish.
★☆☆☆☆: Did not finish.

Book 9/50 for 2020

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