About the Book:
Book: One Little Lie
Author: Colleen Coble
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: March 3, 2020
It started with one little lie. But Jane Hardy will do everything in her power to uncover the truth in this gripping new romantic suspense.
Jane Hardy is appointed interim sheriff in Pelican Harbor, Alabama, after her father retires, but there’s no time for an adjustment period. When her father is arrested for theft and then implicated in a recent murder, Jane quickly realizes she’s facing someone out to destroy the only family she has.
After escaping with her father from a cult fifteen years ago, Jane has searched relentlessly for her mother—who refused to leave—ever since. Could someone from that horrible past have found them?
Reid Bechtol is well-known for his documentaries, and his latest project involves covering Jane’s career. Jane has little interest in the attention, but the committee who appointed her loves the idea of the publicity.
Jane finds herself depending on Reid’s calm manner as he follows her around filming, and they begin working together to clear her father. But Reid has his own secrets from the past, and the gulf between them may be impossible to cross—especially once her father’s lie catches up with him.
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It was just one little lie how bad could it be?
I’m an avid reader of Colleen Coble’s books, and I look forward to each one as they release. I wasn’t sure exactly how I felt about reading this one considering the mention of a cult. One Little Lie is the first book of a new series, Pelican Harbor, and takes place in the deep south. It follows Coble’s signature style of keeping the main villain a secret, even if the reader figures out the henchmen along the way. One thing I have always appreciated about her books is the lack of gruesomeness. A perfect example is in this book when they find an upper torso without head or limbs inside a cooler. While the reader knows the scene would be horrific, this is not described in detail and is only mentioned with plain wording. One Little Lie is also part one of Jane Hardy’s story- unlike many series, Jane’s story continues into the next book, instead of switching to a new main character.
Regarding the “cult” that I mentioned before, this is also handled with much tact, and doesn’t go into detail about their beliefs or evil practices. It leaves these things up to the reader’s imagination, only referring to it in vague descriptions. I can’t even imagine the horror and the sense of being trapped that these kinds of religions must bring upon a person in the name of “god.”
I love the fact that Coble didn’t wrap up this story with only one book, making it feel rushed and forced. The characters have too much pain and bitterness to resolve so quickly, and I’m looking forward to following all their stories in the remaining series. (I’m hoping several side characters will also continue their stories in the next book.) The romance is minimum in this book, building much more slowly across the series, I expect.
I highly recommend this book for lovers of Christian Romantic Suspense, especially ones where the plot builds over a series, instead of wrapping up in a single book.
About the Author:
Best-selling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. You can visit her website at http://colleencoble.com.
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