Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: March 03, 2020
Genre: Adult Fiction / Christian Fiction / Mystery
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.
One Little Lie by Colleen Coble is an incredibly quick read filled with suspenseful moments, and it is completely clean for those of you who like that kind of thing. I didn’t realize going into it that this is Christian Fiction, which isn’t usually a genre I read. However, I loved the fact that Coble was able to infuse God into the book without making it overwhelming or preachy, and even if you aren’t Christian I think you could still easily enjoy it. The mystery was a good one and even though some readers will probably figure it out, I did not so it was a surprise to me. I enjoyed the different viewpoints, as well as the snapshots into Jane’s past in a cult.
I loved Jane’s character and she was such a great lead, so I’m excited that this is just the very beginning of her story. I really want to delve deeper into her cult past, and now that she knows who has been keeping secrets from her and lying to her, there will be a lot more than just her past to explore. The name of the book may be One Little Lie, but it’s more like one big lie, and I can’t wait to see what Coble will do with that.
Even though Coble has lots of books out, this is my first time reading her and I was a big fan of her writing style. The pace was very snappy, and I finished this book extremely quickly. I actually listened to the audio and I finished it in a day since I couldn’t stop listening. This was also my first time hearing a book voiced by Devon O’Day, and I was a huge fan of her narration. It looks like she narrates a lot of this author’s novels, as well as Lauren K. Denton who I love, so I will definitely be looking forward to listening to more books she narrates.
I recommend One Little Lie to fans of the Christin Fiction genre, or anyone who is just looking for a good, clean, suspenseful read. The chapters were really short and the whole thing basically just flew by which made it an even more enjoyable experience. I love a fast-paced read and that is definitely what this was. It was very inspirational and even had a bit of a police procedural feel since Jane is a sheriff, which I hope is what she stays in future books. Overall a great start to a new series!