Sister Dear by Laura McNeill (Blog Tour!)

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.

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Sister Dear is chilling and is bound to keep you spellbound. It’s tight plot is balanced with brilliant characters and suspenseful twists.
I ended up really liking this book. It hooks you in right from the beginning. The writing style was easy to get into and suited the story well. The story is focused on three main-ish characters, Emma, Caroline, and Allie. I loved seeing these characters unfold and develop as the story went one, especially Emma. Emma is probably my favorite of the characters, as she is very complex and most of the story focuses on her.
I also really enjoyed Caroline’s character! She showed admirable courage in the face of what was going on, and was very relatable, despite her circumstances. I loved Dr. Gaines’ character as well and overall, I found the characters to be very well-written.
Now, I did guess who the murderer about 10% in, but maybe that’s just me. Just a thought, to not suspect to be absolutely shocked by the revelation of who the murderer is. However, that didn’t draw away from the suspense of the story.
INTIMACY – A major character sleeps with a married someone for several months and has a child because of it.
DRUGS – Drugging is a major plot point
VIOLENCE – This story is creepy, and has instances of violence or cringe-worthy content.
CUSSING – I don’t recall any??
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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