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Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain

Necessary Lies

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Selected by Sarah Broadhurst

A powerful and thought provoking family drama centred around a chilling real life example of the abuse of power. 1960’s North Carolina. Newlywed Jane desperately wants a career as a social worker but with rural poverty finds it shockingly different from her middle class upbringing. Then she uncovers a shocking secret causing a moral dilemma that threatens every part of her life. Definitely one for fans of Jodi Picoult.

If you like Diane Chamberlain you might also like to read books by Dorothy Koomson, Joshilyn Jackson and Rowan Coleman.

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Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain

North Carolina, 1960. Newlywed Jane Forrester, fresh out of university, is seeking what most other women have shunned: a career. But life as a social worker is far from what she expected. Out amongst the rural Tobacco fields of Grace County, Jane encounters a world of extreme poverty that is far removed from the middle-class life she has grown up with. But worse is still to come. Working with the Hart family and their fifteen-year-old daughter Ivy, it's not long before Jane uncovers a shocking secret, and is thrust into a moral dilemma that puts her career on the line, threatens to dissolve her marriage, and ultimately, determines the fate of Ivy and her family forever. Soon Jane is forced to take drastic action, and before long, there is no turning back.


'We're big fans of Diane Chamberlain here at Bella and her latest novel doesn't disappoint ... This well-researched story is based on real events, which makes the sense of mounting unease all the more disturbing.'

'It's an incredibly moving story very sensitively told, rich in character and atmosphere. I truly couldn't put it down.'
Susan Lewis

About the Author

Diane Chamberlain

Award-winning author Diane Chamberlain, was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey, and attended Glassboro State University. She also lived for many years in both San Diego and northern Virginia, where she still resides.

Diane received her master’s degree in clinical social work from San Diego State University. Prior to her writing career, she was a medical social worker at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego and Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. She also was a psychotherapist in private practice in Alexandria, Virginia., working primarily with adolescents. Diane’s background in psychology and her work in hospitals has given her a keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as the background necessary to create real, living, breathing characters.

Several years ago, Diane was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which has changed the way she works: she occasionally types using voice recognition software. She feels fortunate that her arthritis is not more severe and that she is able to enjoy everyday activities as well as keep up with a busy travel schedule.

Diane has three married stepdaughters, three grandchildren and two shelties. She lives with photographer John Pagliuca in North Carolina where she's at work on her next novel.

Author photo © John Pagliuca

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1st August 2013


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Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan


352 pages


Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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