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May 12, 2016

Sister Dear {Laura McNeill}

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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.

My Thoughts:
This book started so strong for me. Allie is out of prison and determined to prove her innocence after all these years. All she wants is for her daughter to accept her and to get her life back. I immediately felt drawn to Allie’s character and rallied behind her as she began her investigation into the crime that put her behind bars.

From the moment Emma (Allie’s sister) was introduced, I had a bad feeling about her. Almost immediately we see her pull some suspicious moves in an attempt to sway Allie’s daughter away from her mother. Emma’s constant conniving made me feel sorry for Allie and Caroline, and I looked forward to seeing Emma’s true colors come out.

As events begin to take place through the book, I quickly figured out who was responsible for the crime that landed Allie behind bars. Giving away the suspense seemed to make the book fall flat too early for me. The final revelation intended to give readers the shock value did little for me, and I felt the author could have developed the ending much more.

Overall this was a great book; the ending just did not get me very excited.

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.