Big Lies in a Small Town

Diane Chamberlain

06 August 2020
496 pages


A decades-old disappearance, and a quest to find the truth . . .

From the bestselling author Diane Chamberlain, Big Lies in a Small Town is an emotional novel about two women connected by a painting that holds many dark secrets.

'Excellent' – Jodi Picoult, author of Small Great Things

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 Centre. Her dream of a career in the arts 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. 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 for 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?

‘Fans of Jodi Picoult’s style will love how Diane Chamberlain writes’ – Candis

From the author of The Last House on the Street.

Chamberlain puts so much grit, emotion and drama into her books that it’s impossible to stop thinking about the plot
Totally amazing. I love Diane’s writing
Diane Chamberlain’s gift for storytelling never fails