Friday, November 17, 2017

Best of: Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

Originally Posted: July 15, 2016

Sister DearSister Dear by Laura McNeill
My rating: 4.5 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.

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.

Her books are the type of books that not only reminds me why I love reading but it also serves to show me that it's been a few books since I've truly truly enjoyed reading.

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