Friday, April 29, 2016

Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

 I really like this well plotted novel. It's an intriguing mystery, a heart tugging exploration of family relationships, and a penetrating look at small town morals.

I like the plot. The novel starts with Allie getting out of prison, having served ten years for voluntary manslaughter. She had been convicted of killing the high school football coach. Allie had had a young child when she entered prison. Caroline had been placed in the care of Allie's parents and then her sister, Emma. Emma had strong ties to Caroline and now with Allie getting out of prison, all that might change. Allie had always declared her innocence and now that she is free again, she aims to find the real murderer.

I like how the plot develops. As a character thinks of an event from the past we are taken there. Little by little the events leading up to the murder are revealed. And the real murderer? I was surprised.

The characters were well developed. I could really feel Allie's desire to see her daughter, her daughter who was so unsure about meeting her mom after all these years. A daughter who was being shunned at school because her mom was a convicted murderer now back in town. Caroline's experiences were agonizing. And then there is Emma. McNeill did a great job of revealing all the aspects of Emma's personality as the novel progressed.

This is a great novel about family and small town relationships. It is a graphic tale of the lengths people will go to get what they want, whether it's a winning football team or another to take the punishment for a crime they committed. I highly recommend it.

I am taking part in a blog tour of this book. You can read other reviews here.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

Laura McNeill was a television news anchor for CBS News affiliates in New York and Alabama. She has a master's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and is working on a graduate degree in interactive technology at the University of Alabama. She lives in Mobile, Alabama with her family. You can find out more at

Thomas Nelson, 400 pages. You can purchase a copy here.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Litfuse for the purpose of an independent and honest review.

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