Sister Dear REVIEW

I was recently given the chance to review Laura McNeill's book, "Sister Dear." This is a really good book that kept me turning page after page. I took a class in college called Crime and Sensational Literature. We took popular crime novels and picked them apart piece by piece. The classic Who-Done-It, the locked room mystery, etc. This book would have been a GREAT one to have read in that class. You have Allie-the quintessential girl next door type and her sister Emma, the not so girl next door type. Allie has it all-boyfriend/fiance, daughter, good grades, good job, and a promising future. Her sister has a hidden life that no one knows about. One fateful night leads Allie to go after her sister and she winds up arrested and subsequently convicted of murder. She thinks she's been framed, but has no way of proving it. She spends 10 years in prison and comes back home to a family she doesn't know and who tries to avoid her for the most part. The suspense in the book is amazing. 

About the book: 

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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About the author:

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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