A true escape. This book was easy to pick up and get lost in. I enjoyed having it in digital format because it was not one that was hard to follow or required much extra brain power. I could pick it up for a few minutes or an hour and enjoy it equally as much. The storyline is a new one to me. I do not typically select mysteries nor have I read anything by Laura McNeill before. Not only was the story a wonderful escape, but I will definitely keep my eyes open for other books by McNeill. I loved that each chapter provided a fresh perspective from the characters. The story itself is about Allie who is convicted while claiming innocence. For ten years her sister, Emily raises her daughter Caroline, and throughout the story the chapters are shared through each of their perspectives on a rotation. You hear from each of those characters and see the story through their experience, additionally Sheriff Gaines’s perspective is equally enthralling.
I was captivated in the first few words of the story and would refer a friend looking for a fun read.
The format alone was interesting on top of a story with twists and turns, unexpected details and a refreshing voice from McNeill.
I found it interesting that this was published by Thomas Nelson, a Christian publisher. I am grateful. While not overly preachy or filled with faith and Scripture references it was refreshing to pick up a mystery void of foul language and sexual content. This book doesn’t necessarily teach an overtly spiritual lesson, but Allie’s story of perseverance and the simple joy that the book was entertaining and clean is truly a gift.
Sister Dear by Laura McNeill
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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