One Little Lie by Coleen Coble | Book Review

What The Peer Reviewers Say about One Little Lie

“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

What The Publishers Say about One Little Lie

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.

What I Say about One Little Lie

The introduction of the characters was like rapid fire and the plot moved with quick step. From the introduction of the mystery – escape from a commune and the remains of a bride found  by shrimpers, and all the multiple views following related parties – this was quite attention grabbing and the writing kept me fascinated until the resolution.This was truly a suspenseful read and yet, it surpassed the usual genre fiction with its feminist exploration.

I was drawn to Jane’s character. – the cop trying to fill her father’s shoes as chief of police but dealing with overt sexism as she tries to battle her own fears and resolve her personal ambitions. I enjoy a strong female character and it balanced well the introduction of women duped by cult practices. I also enjoyed Coble’s layering of situations to keep the reader guessing and the fact that this is the beginning of a series made me curious about which characters stories will be continued in the next installment. This was a wonderful introduction to Coleen Coble’s work for  me and if you’re interested, here are links to the first book in some of her other mystery series as well:

About The Book

  • Title: One Little Lie
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: March 3, 2020

Purchase Links

Amazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble | Thomas Nelson

Connect with Colleen Coble

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


Thanks to TLC Book Tours for inviting me on this blog tour and providing me with a complimentary copy of One Little Lie in exchange for a honest review.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sara Strand says:

    She has so many great books, its hard not to enjoy her writing, I’m glad you’ve been introduced! Thank you for being on this tour. Sara @ TLC Book Tours


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