Thursday, September 26, 2013

"Necessary Lies" by Diane Chamberlain--Good Book Club Read!

This is my favorite of hers yet!
Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain is an interesting read about Jane, a good person, but not so good a social worker. Recently married to a pediatrician, Jane insists on becoming a social worker against her husband’s wishes and soon discovers they should not have gotten married. She constantly is at odds with her supervisor over the rules and procedures that conflict with what she believes is the right thing to do. Jane is so dedicated to helping her clients that she puts her marriage and her job at risk. This book addresses several issues: marriage, teenage pregnancy, poverty, sterilization, and can social work.

I loved this book! I felt bad for Robert, Jane’s husband. I enjoyed getting to know Jane’s clients and trying to figure out who the fathers were, and where and when “Ivy and Mary was here” was carved into a closet. This book tugged at my heart but I was relieved when it had a happy ending.  I thought it was really cool how the author included the epilogue as part of the story! This book is both thought provoking and gripping. I highly recommend this one and think it would be a great read for a book club.

Other books I liked by this author:
The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes
The Midwife's Confession

Have you read this one? What did you think of it? If you reviewed this too, feel free to share your link to your review in the comments. Happy Reading!


  1. This one's already on my TBR list. Glad to hear it's worth the read!

  2. This sounds very good. I've always been interested in social work but I think it's one of those jobs that would be difficult not to bring home with you. So I can see why Jane puts her marriage at risk. I can also understand how Jane wants to help her clients so much that she doesn't adhere to her job's policies and rules. Having worked for the city, I cam understand having problems in that way, too. I definitely think this is a book I'd enjoy.
    Thank you for a great post!


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