Review – Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

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? 


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TITLE:    Sister Dear
AUTHOR:    Laura McNeill
INFO:    Paperback, Fiction, 400 pages
PUBLISHED:   Thomas Nelson, 2016
SOURCE:   Received from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


ABOUT:   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 TAKE:    Sister Dear is an unexpected thrill ride of ups, downs and wild turns. The story is told in varying points of view with a lot of unexpected twists. I was not expecting the emotions that this tale brought up in me. My relationship with my own sister has been strained at times in the past and I was amazed at how I empathized with the sisters, to a point. The author delves deeply into the threads that bind family together as well as threaten to strangle them at the same time.


The mystery of Coach Boyd’s death is very well done. While the book starts out a bit slow, it quickly picks up a few chapters in. The suspense builds and just when you think you’ve figured out what happened, a new surprise is revealed. The main protagonists as well as the supporting characters are quite interesting and I enjoyed the author’s skill in peeling back their layers a bit at a time.


This was a fascinating book that I really enjoyed. I am looking forward to reading more from Laura McNeill.


Out of 5 JEWELS, I give it:

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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