Early Peek at Necessary Lies

Necessary Lies NewI just asked my Facebook readers what they’d like me to post about today and several of them asked to hear about my next book, Necessary Lies. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this book! I feel really confident in saying that if you love my books, you will really love this one. This may not be the final final cover, but it’s close and isn’t it yummy? That’s the North American cover. The one below is the United Kingdom cover. I love them both.

So what is Necessary Lies about? Here’s the story:

After losing her parents, fifteen-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm.  As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give.Necessary Lies UK

When Jane Forrester takes a position as Grace County’s newest social worker, she doesn’t realize just how much her help is needed.  She quickly becomes emotionally invested in her client’s lives, causing tension with her boss and her new husband.  But as Jane is drawn in by the Hart women, she begins to discover the secrets of the small farm—secrets much darker than she would have guessed.  Soon, she must decide whether to take drastic action to help them, or risk losing the battle against everything she believes is wrong.

Set in rural Grace County, North Carolina in a time of state-mandated sterilizations and racial tension, Necessary Lies tells the story of these two young women, seemingly worlds apart, but both haunted by tragedy.  Jane and Ivy are thrown together and must ask themselves: how can you know what you believe is right, when everyone is telling you it’s wrong?

I’ll be sharing much more about Necessary Lies as the pub date (early September) gets closer. I hope you’ll be as excited about it as I am!



  1. Julie Kibler on February 6, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Ohh, I love them both! So excited to hear a little about the book and see the beautiful covers! Can’t wait to see and read the real book! xo

  2. Colleenmalbert on February 6, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    This is a beautiful cover Diane! I like them both, but I’m partial to the North American one the best. It just took my breath away! I cannot wait for the book. Thanks for giving us a sneak peek and something we can hold onto until September. =)

  3. kelly English on February 6, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Today is August 31st – right?? Can hardly wait Diane.

  4. Lindsay Border on February 6, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    I can’t believe we have to wait until September this year! I wish it was in the Spring instead… But I’m sure it will be worth the wait 🙂

  5. Tracy Shayler on February 7, 2013 at 3:04 am

    Wow sounds great, so looking forward to this book Both the covers are wonderful but I was wondering why you have a different one for the UK.?
    Thank you! 🙂

    • Diane Chamberlain on February 7, 2013 at 9:57 am

      Tracy, publishers in different countries design covers they think will appeal best to their readers. There may be yet another cover for Australia/New Zealand. Not sure about that yet.

  6. Sue Walkinshaw on February 7, 2013 at 6:02 am

    Why do you have to have a different cover for USA and UK Diane?

    • Diane Chamberlain on February 7, 2013 at 9:57 am

      Sue, see my answer above.

  7. Margo on February 7, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Diane, this book is going to be a masterpiece…not only do I love the cover and the new title, but I’m thrilled to know its being published in hardcover! Thank you for giving us a preview into this much anticipated novel…even tho we must wait until September, it will be a great way to start the Fall with a new Diane Chamberlain novel. I will be checking Amazon daily and as soon as its listed will pre-order immediately…I can hardly wait! (-:)

  8. Gina on February 7, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I love the US cover.

  9. Margo on February 7, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Everyone, I just checked Amazon and Diane’s new book is available for pre-order! Since we lost our favorite bookstore, I’ve ordered my copy (-:)

    • Diane Chamberlain on February 7, 2013 at 9:58 am

      Thanks for that heads-up, Margo! Hard to believe I have to turn in a whole other new book before this one comes out! Now I’m biting my nails.

  10. Stephanie S. on February 7, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I’m so excited Diane, I can’t wait to read this book!!

  11. Ann on February 7, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Love both covers and know I will love what is written between the covers.

  12. Amy Stanford on February 7, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    I have only recently discovered your books, just before christmas last year, oh what a find! I now have read 9 of them and am just about to check which ones are missing from my library. It is not just that you write about some hard hitting subject matter but that you do it in such a way that as a reader I can really feel the emotion of each charachter.
    I also have some of your much earlier works and am looking forward to reading those,
    Cant wait for your new book and yes the cover is lovely.

    • Diane Chamberlain on February 8, 2013 at 9:39 am

      That’s a great compliment, Amy. Thank you!

  13. Jill N on February 8, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Looking for to reading your newest release. Love the cover!!

  14. Teri on February 8, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Diane, I just love your books! I tell everyone you are my “go to” author. When I need a good book to read I can always count on you. Very excited about your new book, sounds great and the covers are beautiful.

  15. Wendy on February 9, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Both covers look great, but the best bit will no doubt be the story – I can’t wait. I only wish you could write books as fast as I can read them! 😉

  16. Jo C on February 10, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Looking forward to your new book’s release. Great covers! Enjoy the ride to publication! 🙂

  17. Jackie Lane on February 12, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I adore your books and am anxiously awaiting this new book in September.

  18. Kristi Fleming on February 12, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Looking forward to reading your new book. Keep em’ coming!

  19. Rhona Kerr on February 13, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I know I’m not supposed to judge a book ny it’s cover, but I usually do. I would definitely pick up the US cover to read, even before I saw your name on it. I do like the UK one too. But the US one is my favorite.

  20. Kathy on February 13, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Diane, I love both covers ,can’t wait for the new book. I am looking foward as I have with all of your books. You are the best author , I recommend you to everyone who wants a good book. Thank you kathy

  21. Kathy on February 13, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Diane, I love both covers ,can’t wait for the new book. I am looking foward as I have with all of your books.

  22. laura strachan on February 19, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Such a huge fan of your novels!

    • Diane Chamberlain on February 19, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      Thank you!

  23. Cathy on February 26, 2013 at 3:40 am

    I think I have read every single one of your books and absolutely loved each one!!!! I can’t wait for September! When someone is looking for a good book to read, I always recommend yours!!

  24. Frances McLagan on February 26, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Can’t wait for the new book !Just LOVE that you are one of a few authors that can write” stand alone “books.Yes there is the KIss River trilogy but genarally can enjoy without having to wait for 2 or more sections of story!
    Love the U>S> cover

  25. maggie hilton on July 15, 2013 at 8:05 am

    You do not write quick enough for me. Can’t wait for your latest book in September.
    Danielle Steele used to be my favourite author, but you have overtaken her.
    Keep up the good work . Great suspense stories

  26. Barbara on July 30, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Just downloaded The First Lie to keep me going until the new book comes out, very much looking forward to the release.

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