Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publish Date: June 4, 2013
eBook, 35 pages
eBook, 35 pages
The First Lie is an interesting first look into the world/history behind Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain that will release in September. It's a quick short story, but poignant and it definitely has me intrigued and ready for another one of Diane's wonderful novels.
It's a short story, but in the few pages (~35) we get to know a little bit about Ivy and her family and also about some of the surrounding families. Again since it's so short, it's not a lot of development, but Ms. Chamberlain does a lot with a short number of pages. I want to know more about Ivy and Mary, but I get a good feeling for them in the short story.
The plot starts off with a bang, where was Ivy and why is she sneaking in late and what is happening to Mary Ellen. But Ms. Chamberlain quickly explains both things and moves the story along. A lot happens in 35 pages. It's a very quick enjoyable read. I felt like things are setting up well for Necessary Lies, yet I read a nice complete story in The First Lie.
If you enjoy books by Diane Chamberlain, then you will want to read The First Lie and it will have you clamoring for Necessary Lies. If you haven't read Diane Chamberlain, what are you waiting for? Dive right in with the short story and get a feel for the world she creates. I love her fiction, such realistic and heartfelt stories and The First Lie does not disappoint. Give it a read and let me know what you think!
My Rating: 5.0/5.0
About the Book:
An e-original short story that sets the stage for bestselling author Diane Chamberlain’s upcoming novel 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.
About the Author (from Goodreads.com):
***I received this book from the publisher for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way except receiving the book for free. ***