One Little Lie

One Little Lie

by Colleen Coble

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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.

“Colleen Coble always raises the notch on romantic suspense, and One Little Lie is my favorite yet! The story took me on a wild and wonderful ride.” —Diann Mills, bestselling author 

  • Full length romantic suspense
  • Includes discussion questions for book clubs
  • Part of the Pelican Harbor series
    • Book One: One Little Lie
    • Book Two: Two Reasons to Run (available September 2020)
    • Book Three: Three Missing Days (available June 2021)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780785228455
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 03/03/2020
Series: The Pelican Harbor Series , #1
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 4,234
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Colleen Coble is a USA TODAY bestselling author and RITA finalist best known for her coastal romantic suspense novels, including The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens, and the Lavender Tides, Sunset Cove, Hope Beach, and Rock Harbor series. Connect with Colleen online at; Instagram: colleencoble; Facebook: colleencoblebooks; Twitter: @colleencoble.

Customer Reviews

One Little Lie 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
amybooksy 9 days ago
I love Colleen Coble’s writing and I was by far from being disappointed with newest release, One Little Lie. It begins her new series, Pelican Harbor. Readers are introduced to the town of Pelican Harbor, Alabama. Jane is the sheriff and finds that she has to find out why her father is charged with murder. She has to find out if he is guilty or why someone is wanting to falsely accuse him. I thoroughly enjoyed One Little Lie. It was full of suspense that had my consistently holding on to my seat to find out what would possibly happen next. I had to keep turning the pages to find out how it would end. I had it read in one sitting. It is that good. I am giving One Little Lie five plus stars. It is among my favorite books I have read by Miss Coble to date. I highly recommend it for readers who enjoy clean, romantic suspense. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Lindsey Brown 3 days ago
Coble packed this novel full of intrigue, twists, and turns. More than once I questioned the tangle that must be her mind – and as she’s a talented mystery/suspense writer – I mean that as a compliment. There was so much to unravel in this novel and the pace just didn’t stop. It was gripping, emotional, and had me wondering until the very last page. The romance element was a little lacklustre, but I think it has potential. As the story continues through a three-part series, I have hope that this aspect will develop throughout. The characters and plot as a whole are well constructed as a suspense. with cults, law enforcement, murder, conspiracies, and a small coastal town, the romance takes a back seat to the overall quick moving insanity of the murder plot. I received a complimentary copy of this book courtesy of Thomas Nelson Fiction. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
DKStevens119 4 days ago
Oh boy! It started with one little lie. But Jane Hardy will do everything in her power to uncover the truth in this yes… gripping new romantic suspense that kept me guessing and wondering and telling these interesting characters to just say it! I’m wanting to read more of this authors stories! I was gifted a copy,no review was required. My review is voluntary.
Jaquelyn 4 days ago
Colleen Coble got me again. One Little Lie is a one of a kind story starting in a cult and then fighting to find the truth of her father’s guilt or innocence. From the first page I found the book impossible to put down. I had no clue what could happen next and Coble kept me on my toes. Imagining being in a cult was scary, and yet the way she wrote it made it seem so real. I could imagine thinking that it was the way to live, and feeling like you weren’t safe once you left the compound. Escaping with her father Jane learns life can be better. When her dad steps down as sheriff her dream to be chief comes true. Only now it seems that her little town isn’t so safe anymore. Too many people are ending up dead, and the killer keeps leaving something at the crime scenes. Unfortunately no one seems to know what it all means. Reid following her around was annoying at first, but even she can learn to appreciate having a man around. The tangled web of danger and mystery won’t be an easy one to escape. Can Jane and Reid get out with their lives? Or will hidden motives come to light and tear them apart? I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romantic suspense. I had fun guessing who could be after them and playing detective right along side them. I can’t wait to see what happens next. I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishing and was in no way forced to post a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
5643437 6 days ago
If you want a book that will pull you in with cults, kidnappings, murder, and more, you should definitely check out this book for yourself. From the time I began reading the prologue, I could not put this book down. Having a son she believed died right after birth, Jane’s story broke my heart. This book took many twists and turns that made it interesting to keep up with the storyline. With a past that she believes she knows Jane attempts to make a future for herself. I have to say some twists in the book, I was prepared for, but others I could not believe. Reid was a character who also pulled me in, and I was glad to finally read the lines that made his actions make sense. So if you enjoy reading suspense novels, check out this book for yourself.
ARS8 6 days ago
Starting off with a dramatic prologue, we are instantly on the scene as a young girl of fifteen is about to give birth. Her parents are there rooting for her and all of this is part of a cult that her family is a part of. From those first few pages I was hooked. The story picks up 15 years later and that girl is now a woman and a cop. And she's very smart and a tough cookie. Watching her work you would hardly guess her background. But others know, some good some bad. There is a lot of moving parts in this story. There are what appears to be vigilante murders. Police officers who seem to be hiding things. A father who will not open up to Jane about their past. And a really good looking but annoying documentarian by the name of Reid who will just not leave her alone. I admit as I was drawn into the intricacy of this well thought out mystery, I had my guesses. I really hoped I was right with some of them. It just made the story deeper and more complicated, in a good way. This is a really good read by author Coble and it was an experience. I am looking forward to the next in this series and seeing how the larger story arc plays out. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
BrittanyMc 6 days ago
This was such a fantastic book! It is probably my favorite Colleen Coble book yet and I have read many of this author’s works. The story started off with a glimpse of the main character’s past and I was simply fascinated from that point on. The murders and trouble that Jane had to deal with as Chief of Police kept the book moving swiftly, while the feelings that began to slowly develop between Jane and Reid kept things very interesting. This was a multi-layered, very intriguing story. Be prepared that while many of the problems are resolved in this novel, there are still some unresolved situations that will lead directly into book two of the series. I really look forward to reading what happens in that book. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
CarolP 6 days ago
Really good story of a young woman Jane who becomes Chief of Police after her father retires, only to be overwhelmed by dead bodies and her father getting arrested for theft. Jane is further frustrated in her efforts when the mayor allows a reporter Reid to film and interview her for a documentary that he's working on. Reid brings his son Will along as photographer. The story carries you through all of the troubles of running a small police force in a small town.
THouchin1 6 days ago
Wow! I don't know how Colleen Coble does it, but this book is amazing! This is the first book in a new series, The Pelican Harbor series. This story was so interesting! Jane Hardy is the Police Chief of a small town. She is investigating a series of murders and her own father is implicated as a suspect. She tries to do her job and find the killer while a man films her for a documentary he is doing. Seems like her father has a secret (or a lie, depending on your perspective) I loved this book! I can't wait for the next book in this series. Colleen Coble is such a talented writer.
Witchy1 6 days ago
There was a lot more than one little lie in this story! Jane, the new police chief in this little town (taking over from her Dad) has to deal with murder, spousal abuse, kidnapping and evil everywhere she turns, along with having a journalist/documentarist following and videotaping her every move along with his son Will. It seemed like an awful lot of trouble for one little town, and Jane has her own secret, she and her Dad were cult members for 15 years before escaping. Actually kind of a fun whodunit if you could suspend your disbelief for a couple of hours! Thank you to #NetGalley for this copy.
Kathae 7 days ago
This book was action-packed, and full of layers to discover. The action kept me turning pages, and trying to figure out who was committing the crimes. I was amazed at how newly-appointed police chief Jane Hardy was able to keep level-headed with everything that was going on. Throughout the book, I could see growth and stability in her character. I also appreciated the way that different characters dealt with the trauma that occurred during their childhoods, and how they were still in process, even fifteen years later. Lack of honesty and anger can hurt people for a long time. What I loved about this book is that the story line will continue in the next book of the series. Although the mystery was solved, there is still so much story left for Jane, Reid, Will, Charles, Olivia, and the other characters in Pelican Harbor. Readers who love mystery and suspense or police and crime drama will surely want to read this book, and those following. I highly recommend it! I received and ARC of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
ibjoy1953 7 days ago
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK  I am so happy I was able to read and review One Little Lie. Colleen Coble is one of my favorite authors, so I knew I was in for a ride through a suspenseful thriller that would grip my heart and not let go for a while, and for sure, I was not disappointed. Jane Hardy being appointed as sheriff, she never expected her father would be arrested or implicated in a murder while she was serving as the sheriff. And budding for his documentaries, Reid Bechtol is excited his new project is covering Jane’s career and film her every move as a sheriff. What will these two characters learn as they follow a journey that will take them on a ride of their lives. Wow, I didn’t want to put this book down, but there were times I had too for a few minutes. As always when reading a Colleen Coble book, she captured my interest reading the first page! The fast pace suspense is so incredibly intense, with amazing characters that do their job they develop throughout the story. There is so much happening in this story it is impossible to fully describe it in this review, which means you need to read One Little Lie for yourself. As always, I appreciate how Ms. Coble weaves her faith and the christian life in the life of the characters she has created. The message that God can and will ease our painful past, the pain as we discover things we need to deal with. And He is a God we we can trust, no matter what. And she does so in  nice subtle way. The author also deals with the issues of Jane and her dad’s cult background, Reid’s secret past, And the big one, the lies. But through it all, we can also witness the love and forgiveness so well written here. And in reality, this entire book is so well crafted, and incredibly written, as we always see from Colleen Coble. I highly recommend One Little Lie for your reading enjoyment and entertainment. And I can’t wait for book two in this series, coming in the fall! A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Jeannie3doxie 8 days ago
Wow! Another outstanding book! I have read Colleen's books for years but these last two are over the top! This one is such a great book! Thank you so much, Colleen Coble, her Publisher, and NetGalley for the chance to read this amazing book and review it!
Stardust_Fiddle 9 days ago
“Something disturbing was going on in her town, and she wasn’t sure how to solve the puzzle.” Always on the lookout for well-written Christian suspense books, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read “One Little Lie.” This is the first book in the Pelican Harbor series, and I love it when I’m able to hop aboard a new series as it’s releasing. I also realized that this seems to be the first Colleen Coble book that I’ve read, and after this experience, it won’t be the last. What harm can there be in telling one little lie? The ripple effects are devastating and leave a trail of pain and destruction in their wake. Not only that, but a group of people find their lives inextricably linked by the falsehood, because trials usually cause people to draw apart from the world in general, and especially their faith. During times of difficulty and uncertainty, let us not ever forget that it is on Christ the solid Rock we stand. In “One Little Lie,” relationships play a prominent role in the plot. Father-daughter, father-son, and even that between a mother and her children, as Jane Hardy reflects on her own boy, whom she lost briefly after giving birth to him, and as her relationship with her father becomes challenged as untruths keep piling up. Circumstances threaten her heart against trusting, but she can’t walk this path alone. A fast-paced work of romantic suspense, this book will have you questioning everyone’s motives in the quest for the truth. It does contain some graphic details regarding crime scenes, as well as mentions of domestic violence and abuse, but neither is overdone. My favorite character is, admittedly, Parker the golden retriever because I love dogs and have a great respect for working dogs, which are all heroes in my book. I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
Mama_Cat 10 days ago
It all started with one little lie. Just one that compounded unforeseen interest over time. First in the new Pelican Harbor series, this exciting novel is a successful combination of engaging, likable characters, breath-taking suspense, and a fresh infusion of faith and spiritual lessons. I enjoyed the Alabama Gulf coast and meeting Jane, Olivia, Reid, and Will. Jane Hardy’s father recently, suddenly retired as police chief of Pelican Bay. A highly skilled detective, Jane was appointed first as acting chief, and now, chief. What timing, as one thing after another begins to happen until Jane is not sure if she is cut out to handle these crises. Jane has not been on speaking terms with the Lord for many years, due to her upbringing, so she is only relying on herself as she tries to stem the sudden crime wave in town. When she and her father moved there and he began working for the police department, Olivia, the head dispatcher, immediately befriended her and grew to be like a mother to her. Olivia is the only person who knows the secrets of behind Jane and her father and has prayed for years for Jane to come to faith. Olivia, like Jane, doesn’t know about that one pesky lie. We meet the delightful 70-something Alfie and his hard-working teenage helper, Isaac when they are out shrimping. Their last haul for the night was extraordinarily heavy. Inside the net was a huge Grizzly cooler. Inside the cooler was a dead body wearing a wedding gown. There are no means to identify the person. Two clues are left behind, one of which indicate the “vigilante” is behind this death, even though to date, the vigilante has not killed anyone. Until a woman is found “punished” and dead in her front yard. Amid these events, Reid Dixon, a well-known documentary filmmaker, arrives in town. He is doing a documentary on small town police chiefs and has permission from the mayor to follow Jane on all her duties. The last thing Jane wants is to be filmed, especially since there are some people she really does not want anyone to see her. Reid has an ulterior motive, to get close to and learn about Jane. Against either of their plans, they become tentative friends with potential for more. Reid’s son Will likes the small town and wishes they could stay there rather than return to their New Orleans home. When it seems that things could not get worse, including the serious illness of a loved one and the detective who wanted to be chief trying to prove Jane incompetent, her dad is framed. He is accused of killing the man in the ice chest and stealing and selling a small fortune of drugs and other items from the evidence room of the police department. This intense, complex novel is everything that I have come to love about suspense novels by Colleen Coble. Lies, secrets, crimes that seem impossible to solve, and a heroine determined to do all she can to save her father and her town. I love how the author gently weaves the right amount of faith and spiritual lessons to encourage Christians while not preaching. The characters are well-defined. Whether there is one bad guy or multiple people behind events adds to the excitement and complexity. I was very surprised to learn the whodunit(s)! I did guess what the lie was and am looking forward to seeing how it plays out! I highly recommend this novel to fans of well-written Christian suspense with great characters and a potential for romance. From a thankful heart: I received a complimentary copy of this from Celebrate
GailHollingsworth 11 days ago
One little lie? Oh there were so many! One played on another and so forth. The story was mesmerizing and I wondered how such a multifaceted story could ever be pulled together at the end, but yes it did. I loved the characters, even with their secrets. Jane had been promoted to chief of police in her small town right after her father retired from the same position. Was there resentment? Of course. So many bad things seemed to happen at once that Jane became overwhelmed. I personally I would have caved in right at the beginning. Jane is not a quitter though. Add in a journalist named Reid with a teenage son Will, and there is an added element of romance. Suspense, murder, kidnapping, yes those are all here too! I’m from Alabama and have spent many vacations in Gulf Shores, so that was an added bonus. And I have also visited and explored Fort Morgan, so all of that was easy to picture, although the author does a great job of describing the scenery. I am looking forward to the next installment Two Reasons to Run coming out in September 2020. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the Publisher through Celebrate Lit but was not required to write a review.
KendraNeal 11 days ago
Colleen Coble has been a favorite author of mine for many years. I was excited to see a new series coming out. One Little Lie is the 1st book in the Pelican Harbor series. This series will be a mix of Suspense and Romance. The main Character is Jane Hardy, who was recently appointed to be the Interim Sheriff, replacing her father who retired. She immediately has a BIG case on her roll that becomes a big Mystery. She feels her past has come to the present and may be behind the recent crime she is investigating. In the midst of her Crime Solving, a well known Journalist, Reid Bechtol comes to town wanting to do a Documentary on Jane's career. Jane is wanting to concentrate on solving the Crime Mystery, but agrees to the filming. Reid and Jane find that they can work well together, but at the same time Reid is hiding a deep secret. Will he reveal that secret? Will Jane and Reid find they have way more in common they they knew? Will it hurt their relationship or grow their relationship? I really found this book to be very intriguing. It is a little bit of a different style of Colleen Coble then I am used to, but I truly LOVED this book. The MANY twists and turns keep one reading the book and make it a "don't put down" book. Definetly a MUST READ!! I am very much looking forward to Book 2 in this series and further!!
Cherylkochbooks 12 days ago
The beginning of this story started out intense. It showed Jane's childhood in a cult. While it was a short moment, it did explain why Jane wanted to protect her father. Reid was introduced in the story maybe as a love interest? I say this as a question because the romance was minimal if lacking. Not that I am complaining as I don't feel like this book needed a romance. Jane has big shoes to fill as a female sheriff. Not to point the obvious that she has a killer on her hands. The killings seem personal as if the killer has something against Jane. With Reid's help; Jane is determined to stop the killer before more lives are lost. I did figure out early on who the killer was. Yet, this did not keep me from stopping reading this book. However, I must admit that there were clues there but to be fair Jane would not have figured out who it was until the reveal. This book is a good start to this series.
MJSH 12 days ago
"The truth is easier to handle than most people think. A lies is a betrayal that hits you where you really live." Colleen Coble knows how to write romantic suspense. I've read many of her books and can confidently say that she knows how to reel her readers in from the prologue and keep us hooked until the very last page. In her latest offering, One Little Lie, the author weaves the lives of a father-daughter duo who escape a cult compound into a small town in Alabama that suddenly sees a multitude of murders and violence. In her trademark style, the author brings in many secondary characters into the plot to add details that only become clear at the very end of the book and to throw the reader off from the true villain. The villain actually does have a voice in the story as well, which is interesting. The plot moves fast with plenty of adrenaline, action, and unforeseen twists; romance between Jane and Reid is subtle. From one little lie in each of the character's past and/or present, their lives spiral out of control and the lies bring them colliding into each other in one brilliantly plotted story. Jane, our heroine, is the newly appointed police chief in Pelican Harbor who still bears the scars from her childhood in a cult. She's strong, independent, intelligent, and compassionate but tends to hold on to her anger tightly. Reid is a documentary journalist who comes into town to create a documentary on small town police chiefs. He's loyal, passionate, protective, and tender but has a secret and an ulterior motive in being at Pelican Harbor which provides a subplot in the story. Both of the main characters, along with Reid's son Will, are incredibly easy to love. When I first started the book, I didn't realize that this series may turn out to be more like the author's Rock Harbor series where the entire series focuses mostly on the main character(s). I'm so used to her series following different sets of main characters who are loosely related to each other that I was slightly confused when critical key issues were not addressed by the time I got to the last chapter. Then I realized that the second book will likely pick up where the first book left off (on an emotional cliffhanger, of course). Can't wait to read what happens next with Jane, Reid, and Will. If you enjoy romantic suspense, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. I received a copy of the book from Thomas Nelson via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
Moonglotexas 12 days ago
“Button eyed the compound’s exit and forced herself to trudge behind her parents as the pain intensified in her belly.” Opening line of “One Little Lie” by Colleen Coble Having read and enjoyed several Colleen Coble novels, I looked forward to reading her latest, “One Little Lie”. At it’s centre, as it’s title suggest, this novel focuses on the way lies weave and twist their way through lives wrecking havoc. Our two leading characters, Jane and Reid, both have a history with cults and are keeping secrets about their pasts. The town has a vigilante on their hands determined to expose the hidden lives of those in Pelican Harbor and the violence is escalating. As the new interim sheriff, Jane works tirelessly to find the culprit whilst being watched by Reid and his documentary camera. The writing is beautiful, as always, but I struggled to connect with these characters. I think perhaps it’s because I couldn’t trust any of them, each is deceiving someone and making choices so contrary to the ones I’d make. I have also now concluded cults are a thread in books I don’t enjoy. The mystery is interesting and keeps the pace up as Jane and Reid race to find a vigilante, a murderer and a kidnapper, unsure if they are the same person. The conclusion wasn’t a surprise for me but if you are interested in cults and the consequence of deception wrapped up in suspense and mystery, this one may be for you! It’s a three out of five on the enJOYment scale.
Denice_L 13 days ago
One Little Lie is most definitely a unique story with some different twists that set the characters up for trouble when they least expect it. A young woman, only 15, escapes with her father from cult life, leaving behind her mother and the baby the young woman has just birthed. Her father convinces her the child has died and they must put the past behind them in order to make new lives. 15 years later, circumstances finds her living a much different life. She is now police chief of a small town, succeeding her father's career as police chief. Multiple crimes keep her busy while her personal life is complicated. Colleen Coble manages to tie up the many story lines into one HUGE reveal that will have you cheering! A good thriller that has many clues that will misdirect your attention if you are not watching.
Andrea_C 13 days ago
It has been a while since I read a Colleen Coble book, so I was glad to have one come across my queue for a review! This one starts out with a bang, gripping you from the first page, as you witness a teenager giving birth and then being ripped away from a cult that had been her life for as long as she could remember. Flash forward another 15 years, and we meet Jane, who has just taken over as Chief of Police after her father's retirement. Most people support her, but there are a few who are not happy she has taken on this role. Add to the stress a person known as The Vigilante who keeps killing people for their sins, and the camera guy doing a documentary on small town police offices who has been instructed to follow her every move. There's a lot going on in this story. A lot of people have a lot of secrets, and they are all intertwined. Some of them you are going to figure out pretty quickly. But some of them, you will not. Pay attention to the relationships as all of these layers are peeled back. It's almost too much at some points. But then all of those pieces do fall together nicely as the case is finally solved at the end. There's no cliffhanger as far as the murders are concerned, but there is one of sorts when it comes to Jane and a certain relationship in her life! How she is going to handle that situation almost felt like a cliffhanger to me. But the author says in her afterword that she felt Jane's story was too large for just one book, and we should get the satisfactory conclusion in the next installment due out this fall. I'm holding you to that, Colleen Coble! lol But overall, I did enjoy the story. I kept my attention during a time of a lot of uncertainty in the world and was a welcome distraction. I gave it 3.5 stars. Thank you to the publisher, NetGalley, and Prism Book Tours for providing me a requested review copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
GrandaddyA 14 days ago
One little lie leads to another and another and another. Soon you find yourself caught in a spiderweb of lies. As is the case with Jane, the lie was not hers. Someone else began the web of lies that led to many more. The sad part was that the lies were started by others but somehow Jane was caught in the middle of them. It tends to make you wonder how she had done so well for herself when lies were swirling all around her. Some of that could be expected since she was a police detective and is handed the job of chief of police in the opening pages of the book. With a huge part of a police officer’s job involving proving what is true and what is not, Jane expected to deal with lies. But some of them were much too close to home for her comfort. I enjoyed the fast pace of the story, the sorties back into a shared history at times, and the electrifying action. A major undercurrent of the story was that her past had shattered her faith in God. She felt she had to handle everything on her own. I appreciated the role of Olivia, the head dispatcher for the police department, and close friend and confidante of Jane. Even as she reveals she has been diagnosed with ALS, her strong faith holds her rock-solid and proves to be a wonderful example for Jane. Every young woman needs someone like that in her life. Jane could count on Olivia being there for her. It will be hard to wait to see what life holds in store for Jane in the next book in the series. The setting for the series, right on the Gulf of Mexico, sounds like it would be a great place to visit, except for the gators and hordes of mosquitos.
Femaleauthorsrock 14 days ago
Colleen Coble is a new author to me and I am so glad to have found her - thank you to Netgalley, Thomas Nelson Fiction and Colleen for the opportunity to read this advance copy of One Little Lie. Jane Hardy is newly appointed Sheriff of Pelican Bay following her fathers unexpected retirement. Not everyone is happy about her new role but this is just the start of her problems. There are two murders for Jane to investigate and the Mayor has told her she must accommodate a local documentary maker shadowing her on the job. This is something Jane could do without, she is a private person with quite a traumatic past. Reed is filming Jane to show how life is for a female in law enforcement but this is not his only brief as Jane will discover...... The characters are likeable and well written. This book has it all; murder, betrayal, extortion, cults and intrigue, sprinkle in a pinch of romance and you have a perfect weekend or holiday read. 5 big stars from me and best of all the author is busy writing her next book in the series and I for one can't wait to read it!!
Becky5 14 days ago
A green police chief, vigilante justice, and a town full of secrets. Mixing these together with Colleen Coble’s compelling suspense and a dollop of romance brings you One Little Lie, a “most excellent” police adventure. I really loved the storyline and most of the characters. The jury is still out on a few of them, namely the mayor, whom I’m trying to figure out. I did enjoy Jane Hardy and Reid and Will Dixon. Will sounds like one very neat teenager. Jane and Reid work together well. I have to wonder about how involved Reid was in the cases, as a civilian. Yet, my mind argues back that real life can be hard to separate into separate columns, and this just solidifies that point. The bay seems to be a little murky and so are so many of the relationships in this faith-filled novel. We see true friendship, bad parenting, misguided parenting, great parenting, and arms that lost the child they should have parented. I can just imagine Jane, if she had a theme song, singing “Lies,” from Jonathan Butler eons ago. The question is, who would she be singing it about? Faith, love, forgiveness, deceit, and revenge all surface in Pelican Harbor. Unfortunately for us, the readers, a neat ending does not. I appreciated Coble’s note that explained her reasoning. I appreciated that we had a “soft” ending, with more to come in the next Pelican Harbor installment ( Two Reasons to Run, coming September 2020), rather than a rushed, messy ending. Definitely a book to pick up, but preferably during daylight hours, with plenty of safe people around. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher through Celebrate Lit via NetGalley. This does not affect my opinions, which are solely my own.