Can’t Wait Wednesday – BIG LIES IN A SMALL TOWN by Diane Chamberlain


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll just be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is BIG LIES IN A SMALL TOWN by Diane Chamberlain.  Last year I read and fell in love with The Dream Daughter, which was my first Diane Chamberlain book.  Ever since then I’ve been wanting to read more from her and have ordered several titles from her backlist.  As soon as I saw she has a new book coming out in January, I knew I wanted to read it as well. They mystery angle sounds very compelling and I love the dual timeline as well as the small town North Carolina setting.


BIG LIES IN A SMALL TOWN by Diane Chamberlain

Publication Date:  January 14, 2020



From Goodreads:

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?


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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

22 replies
  1. verushka
    verushka says:

    These are such different timelines and women — i am curious to see how they all both come together with this author.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I’m curious too. She did a wonderful job with the dual timeline in The Dream Daughter so I hope this will be equally successful.

  2. Angela
    Angela says:

    The Dream Daughter was my first novel by Diane Chamberlain, too, and I loved it. This sounds like it’s going to be an amazing read!

  3. The Candid Cover
    The Candid Cover says:

    Books set in small towns are ones that I really enjoy reading about as well. This author does sound like one that I will enjoy reading as well. I will have to check some of these books out. Thanks for sharing this! 🙂

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Same here! Her last book was so good. I really need to check out her backlist too because all of her books sound incredible.

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