Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

Title:  Sister Dear
Author: Laura McNeill
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Release Date:  April 19, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Suspense/Thriller

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 mistake that shook their world, and a chance to the truth that can cause them their lives! Intense and twisted. Sister Dear by Laura McNeill is the kind of suspense that is obvious, yet still gives readers something to look forward to. I mean, just from the title and early on in the story, the cat's out of the bag so to speak. Yet, it's the psychological aspect of the characters' struggles that engross us and kept us reading. The plot is simple, but also intricate in the events and how they played out, beginning from the days when our main characters, Allie & Emma were little.  The characters are not what they seem - disturbing in their minds, and also in yours. Not many "villains" can claim the "hate" word from me, but the one in this story sure stir up some strong emotions as such.  Surprising, it is not, but Sister Dear is well written on all aspects, from character development to emotional grasp and plot intensity.

NOTE:  I received a complimentary ARC of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson through Litfuse Publicity Tours for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.  For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.




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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  1. This sounds really good - I really enjoyed the Serial podcast and the whole innocent/guilty debate in this book sounds a bit similar.
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  2. Thanks Jen! I've always enjoyed your blog. If you like psychological suspense, I think is is one to read.

  3. Nice review.

    I enjoyed the book, but definitely didn't like how mean Emma was to her sister even though it was subtle meanness.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Sister Dear Review


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