Big Lies in a Small Town Author: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 immediat... more »ely. 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?« less
Very good story. Morgan is released from jail early to restore an old badly damaged art mural that was painted 80 years earlier as part of a nationwide post office mural project. She discovers untold secrets and an old mystery in the small NC town while doing her restoration. Alternating chapters are of the original artist and her story and what happened in the past. Good story, good characters. Morgan is also battling her own past issues while learning about the past of the original artist Anna. Not as much a mystery, but a good fiction with good characters and the dramas of their lives.
Excellent storytelling! This story unfolds bit by bit, where each chapter gives you a little more insight into the mystery and a new piece of the puzzle. Engrossingly told in two different timelines, eventually each bit fits together to a very satisfying conclusion. Leaves you wanting more.