Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Book Review: Sister Dear by Laura McNeill 
Book Description:

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.


I can't even imagine going back to the town you used to live in after getting out of prison, especially if you know you're innocent, but no one else believes that you are. It would be so difficult to get back to a semi-normal life with all of the hatred and judgement thrown your way. But Allie is a strong person, and she decides to do whatever she can to clear her name, and regain her relationship with her estranged daughter, instead of just running away and starting a new life somewhere else.

As this book goes on, you come to find out that there are a few people in town who are not only bad, but downright psychotic. It becomes a game of cat and mouse to see who can win in the end. Can the real murderer hide the evidence and turn everyone completely against Allie, or will Allie persevere and uncover the real story in the end?

This book does have some sex scenes in it, so I don't know that I would classify it as clean fiction.

About the Author:

Laura McNeil 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. 
Title: Sister Dear
Author: Laura McNeill
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Published: April 2016
ISBN: 0718030923
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for a review.