Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 400 pages
Audiobook Length: 13 hours and 19 minutes
First Published: 2020
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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?
About Diane Chamberlain
Diane Chamberlain is the author of more than 27 novels, including The Dream Daughter, The Silent Sister, Necessary Lies, The Last House on the Street, and Big Lies in a Small Town. She worked in youth counseling, medical social work and psychotherapy before becoming a full-time writer. She currently lives in North Carolina. Visit the author’s website →