12 May 2016

Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

About the Book
★★★★★ Goodreads | Amazon
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.

A page-turner full of secrets, lies, and betrayal, Sister Dear will keep its readers up late into the night - it certainly did me. From the start of this book, Laura McNeill grabbed my attention, as Allie Marshall returns home after ten years in prison for a crime she did not commit and determines to finally prove her innocence. Perspectives from a few different characters gradually reveal details surrounding the circumstances and the crime, past and present, showing McNeill knows how to weave an excellently paced and plotted story. The intrigue around the various secrets and motivations is quite gripping and kept me captively reading until the satisfying conclusion. I can easily say that I enjoyed Sister Dear and now highly recommend it.

Thanks to LitFuse Publicity Group, I received a copy of Sister Dear and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own. To read other opinions, be sure to check out what other reviewers think here, and purchase a copy of the book here.

About the Author
After six years behind the anchor desk at two CBS affiliates, Laura moved to the Alabama Gulf Coast to raise her family. Her accolades in broadcasting include awards from the Associated Press, including Best News Anchor and Best Specialized Reporter.

She holds a master's degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and a bachelor's degree in English from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing a second master's degree in interactive technology from the University of Alabama. She is a native of Upstate New York and currently resides near the Alabama Gulf Coast with her two children.

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