Sister Dear by Laura McNeill (review by Cathy)

Sister Dear


About the book:


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


What a fantastic book!  Beautiful settings, strong characters and a storyline that was engaging from the very beginning.

Allie was a character that I was immediately drawn to. Her sister Emma? Not so much! Admittedly, I was a bit curious about her actions and behavior.

The author kept the story moving at a fast pace and kept me guessing why Emma would betray her sister. Moving back and forth between 2006 and 2016 we find out more about each sister and what led up to Allie’s incarceration.

My heart went out to Caroline and her feelings towards her mother. I found her reaction to Allie quite plausible given the circumstances. The friendship between Caroline and a sweet young guy named Russell is touching and adds another layer to the story.

A definite must read.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and have given my honest opinion.






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