Wednesday, March 11, 2020

One Little Lie
by Colleen Coble

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  It started with one little lie. But Jane Hardy will do everything in her power to uncover the truth. 

When Jane Hardy is appointed interim sheriff in Pelican Harbor, Alabama, after her father retires, there's no time for an adjustment period. He is arrested for theft and then implicated in a recent murder, and Jane quickly realizes she's facing someone out to destroy her father.

They escaped from a cult fifteen years ago, and 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 a well-known journalist who makes documentaries, and his sights are currently set on 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 taping his documentary, 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.

It started with one little lie. But Jane Hardy will do everything in her power to uncover the truth.


Kritters Thoughts:  Before reading this book I was already a Colleen Coble fan, so I went into this book with some expectations and she lived up to them!  

Jane Hardy is the interim sheriff for a small town in Alabama when her father retires.  She is thrown into the life of a sheriff and almost immediately she has some crazy cases that hit her desk and one of her detectives believes her father to be at fault and wants to pursue him heavily and she must stay impartial while being a daughter and the sheriff.  

I loved Jane Hardy as a character.  I could tell that this was the first in the series as this book was setting the ground work with the characters for the following books to come.  A lot of the book was character development with the cases taking a back seat to their development.  I didn't hate this fact, just felt a little different from the typical mystery thriller books with such a focus on the main characters.  

Just to warn anyone before they pick this one up, Colleen Coble is a Christian fiction author and some books there are minimal references to her faith, not so in this one, so if you try to avoid books with religious references, you may need to avoid this one.  The plot and everything is so good, so I would still recommend this one, just with the one caveat.  


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


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