There’s nothing better then reading a good book. I love one filled with mystery and intrigue, like Sister Dear by Laura McNeill.
I received a complimentary copy as a member of Litfuse. All opinions are strictly my own.
About the Sister Dear By Laura McNeill:
Sister Dear (Thomas Nelson, April 2016)
All Allie Marshall wants is a fresh start. But when dark secrets refuse to stay buried, will her chance at a new life be shattered forever?
Convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, Allie watched a decade of her life vanish — time that can never be recovered. Now, out on parole, Allie is determined to clear her name, rebuild her life, and reconnect with the daughter she barely knows.
But Allie’s return home shatters the quaint, coastal community of Brunswick, Georgia. Even her own daughter Caroline, now a teenager, bristles at Allie’s claims of innocence. Refusing defeat, a stronger, smarter Allie launches a battle for the truth, digging deeply into the past even if it threatens her parole status, personal safety, and the already-fragile bond with family.
As her commitment to finding the truth intensifies, what Allie ultimately uncovers is far worse than she imagined. Her own sister has been hiding a dark secret—one that holds the key to Allie’s freedom.
My Thoughts On Sister Dear By Laura McNeill:
WHOA! after reading Sister Dear by Laura McNeill I’m kind of glad I didn’t grow up with a sister! There are some terrifying twists and turns in this story as you learn everything her sister, Emma, has been hiding.
At times you feel sorry for Emma. It can be hard feeling like you’re living in someone else’s shadow. But you quickly remember that we are all responsible for our own actions and that momentary feeling passes. This girl is crazy!
I think that Sister Dear has been very well written as far as the mysteries that surround the death of Coach Boyd. The story was dragged out a bit long but there are a lot of different pieces to it making it very complex. I feel like everything went together well and worked to create the story and back story. I like how the story goes back and forth between 2006 and 2016 showing us the backstory of Allie and Emma. There was only a brief mention of something that happened when they were children so I do wish that it had showed their childhood just a little more and not just in their twenties and older. I feel like it would have given us a little more connection to the two as sisters.
I also like how Caroline was written. We get to see how she, as a teenager with a controlling aunt, would handle the situation of her mother being released from prison. Her angst and the way deals with the people around her seem spot on. I remember how confusing it can be just being a teenager. Add in something like Caroline has to deal with and your life will be flipped upside down.
Overall I really like this story. It would make a great movie!
About The Author: Laura McNeill:
Laura McNeill is a writer, web geek, travel enthusiast, and coffee drinker. In her former life, she was a television news anchor for CBS News affiliates in New York and Alabama. Laura holds a master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and is completing a graduate program in interactive technology at the University of Alabama. When she’s not writing and doing homework, she enjoys running, yoga, and spending time at the beach. She lives in Mobile, AL with her family.
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