Sister Dear Laura McNeill

41L7MvPxtlL._AC_US160_Pub: 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.

Allie is fresh out of prison after serving ten years of a sixteen year sentence for murder. All she was to do is re-aquatint herself with her daughter Caroline and prove her innocence.

Caroline is beautiful and popular. The last thing she wants is a convict mother spoiling the life she has she doesn’t want to explain her mother’s release to her friends.

Emma, Allie’s sister has been a rock to Caroline, she is the mother Allie isn’t and obviously couldn’t be, and all Emma wants to do is ‘put things right’ for everyone.

This is a fabulous read. Laura McNeill manages to write a convincing tale of love and revenge. Emma isn’t the kind of person you cross and if you do BEWARE.

Sister Dear is a dark and intense thriller.  It also gives an insight to how people cope when faced with events that can turn your life upside down.

Allie is a lovely character, and the reader is on her side from the start. She is judged and has to overcome many obstacles in her quest for the truth. But  is it the truth she wants to hear?? Who can she really trust?? and why is the person she needs the most, is the one she needs the least??

Riveting and dramatic, Sister Dear would make a fabulous film.

4*/5

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