Sunday, January 3, 2016

Review: The First Lie by Diane Chamberlain

Prequel to Necessary Lies (September 2013).

The First Lie gives readers an early glimpse into the life of thirteen-year-old Ivy Hart. It’s 1958 in rural North Carolina, where Ivy lives with her grandmother and sister on a tobacco farm. As tenant farmers, Ivy and her family don’t have much freedom, though she and her best friend, Henry, often sneak away in search of adventure…and their truest selves. But life on the farm takes a turn when Ivy’s teenage sister gives birth—all the while maintaining her silence about the baby’s father. Soon Ivy finds herself navigating the space between adolescence and adulthood as she tries to unravel a dark web of family secrets and make sense of her ever-evolving life in the segregated South. 

ebook35 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by St. Martin's Press
arc via netgalley

A short and sweet review for a short and gripping prequel.  Necessary Lies was released a few months after The First Lie back in 2013, I haven't read it yet but plan to do does in the not to distant future.  The First Lie though short was a powerful little story that has me anxious to see what the future holds for Ivy, Henry and the rest of the family.  In only 35 pages the author managed to pull at my heart strings and made me care about them all, I want to know what the next chapter of their live brings.

I have been a fan of Diane Chamberlain's since reading The Midwife's Confession,  The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes and more recently The Silent Sister.  Her writing style takes me to another place and keeps me captivated with her stories.

My thanks to St. Martin's press at Netgalley for a copy of this ebook for review purposes.

1 comment:

  1. I've read and enjoyed Necessary Lies. I dot usually do prequels, but this one sounds interesting. Thanks for the heads up.