Saturday, December 24, 2016

#7 of 2016 - Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

26371025Sister Dear by Laura McNeill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published April 19th 2016 by Thomas Nelson

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.





The 3 Time Returning Author

It's a different kind of mystery, coming from a whole new perspective. It goes beyond the typical "who-done-it?" to a "why-was-it-done? and who-is-going-to-go-so-far-to-keep-it-secret?"

All the characters have so much to them, that chances are each one could have a book themselves. I loved switching chapters between them all, getting a different side of the story from everyone's point of view added so much more to the drama and emotion. You never really knew which way things were going to go.

There are so many unexpected twists and secrets, that honestly? That's all this book is. Twist and secrets. Plus a lot of feelings and emotions.
I found myself getting so caught up in it that I just sped through it needing and wanting more.

At around 400 pages it still wasn't enough. Laura McNeill has a way with story telling that makes you want to jump in and never come out until you get every last detail.



6 Months Later

This is the third year in a row that I've included a book by Laura McNeil in these top ten lists, (last year's Center of Gravity placed 6th and Pie Girls written as Lauren Clark placed 10th in 2014.) Any other repeat authors have only made it twice (including this year's #6 and 5) and I would say not in a row but there's one who made it with the sequel. And then again this year's #5, who I'm surprised hasn't made this list more often. (Technically she might actually have a higher count but we'll get into that some other time. That goes for #6 too.)

But anyway she is still the only author to make this list three years in a row.

Her books are something else entirely. They always leave me feeling like I was in a slump before I read them and that they were exactly what I needed.
But really, repeated mentions on my top ten lists of the year should say it all.

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