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Sister Dear by laura McNeill

Wrongly convicted, Allie Marshall was sent to prison for a decade. Now that she's out on parole, she's determined to clear her name, even as her return home sends shockwaves through town. As she begins digging for answers, she unearths something worse than she ever imagined---her own sister's dark secret is the key to her freedom.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 376
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0718030923
ISBN-13: 9780718030926

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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.

"This powerful debut . . . is a suspenseful and haunting tale . . . [and] is particularly unsettling as it mirrors the headlines found in newspapers and court cases everywhere."

Library Journal, starred review for Center of Gravity

Author Bio

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.   

Editorial Reviews

'McNeill (Center of Gravity) misfires with this tangled tale of a wrongfully convicted woman trying to reclaim her life. Sheriff Lee Gaines’s animosity, Emma’s subversion (first hinted at, then blatant), and Caroline’s histrionic anguish all become explicable once Allie discovers mysteriously still-intact evidence 10 years after Thomas’s death. Clumsy plotting and shallow characters don’t help. '
'...McNeill kept dangling me above the motivation until she finally explained it to me. I highly recommend this book to everyone.'
3 stars. 'Subtly creepy, McNeill’s latest sneaks up on the reader with its eerie storyline. But some of the plot points and motives don’t really work together. The buildup and eventual reveal fall a bit flat in the scope of the book. Overall, it’s an original twist on the wrongly accused victim trying to exonerate herself, and will keep readers interested throughout.”

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  1. Musicgirl66
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Well Written
    December 6, 2016
    Musicgirl66
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Sister Dear is a well written quest to find the real killer to a murder for which Allison went to prison. If I had not received this book to read and review, I might not have finished it. Family discord is something I don't enjoy in a book. The crime was solved, along with other surprising developments.
  2. Jeanine
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Sister Dear has plenty of twists and turns
    December 4, 2016
    Jeanine
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Sister Dear is the story of a woman wrongly accused and convicted of crime she didn't commit. After being in prison for 10 years, Allison Marshall is finally able to come home. But home is not what it once was. Ostracized by most of the people in town and trying to rebuild her life, she expects to get help from her family. Her sister Emma has spent the last ten years taking care of Allison's daughter, Caroline. Now Caroline is a teen and having her mother back isn't the best news in her opinion. Everyone at school is talking about her and her best friend no longer wants to be around her. This story has twists and turns as each character deals with the past and tries to bring healing to their broken lives. But there is still a question to be answered; who killed Coach Thomas?
  3. Kym
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Is the truth worth the pain?
    November 1, 2016
    Kym
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Ten years ago Allie Marshall was convicted of a crime and sentenced to prison. For ten years she has been determined to clear her name. She did not do it! Now that she is being released on parole she is determined to do just that, and to reconnect with the daughter she barely knows. Returning home, however, and even more so, trying to uncover the truth, could shatter her life forever. Is it worth the risk?

    From the first page to the last I was hooked. The author, Laura McNeill, had me glued to the words, the story, the lives of these people. The webs, the twists and turns. It was a story that surely entertained me and kept me guessing. I had never heard of Laura McNeill before and I am glad I was given this book to read for review. I will definitely be checking out her other works.



    *I received this book from Fiction Guild and Thomas Nelson free in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts*
  4. vickimarie2002
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An incredible story!
    October 18, 2016
    vickimarie2002
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Such an incredible book! I was rooting for Allie the whole time but there are so many twists and turns in the storyline. I loved the bouncing back and forth between present day and the past until we find out what really happened to the Coach. Laura McNeill is an awesome writer and I can't wait to read more books by her!
  5. Chas Ray
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Riveting
    October 4, 2016
    Chas Ray
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Sister Dear is a new suspence realease by Laura McNeill. It's said that blood is thicker than water but what if water could give you everything you ever wanted, everything you thought you could never measure up to with your family. Get ready for a wild ride that will leave you guessing up until the very end.

    Allie Marshall had it all. A bright future as a med student, a beautiful little girl, a man, Ben, who was desperately in love with her and who loved her daughter, Caroline as his own. Shock reverberated around the communtiy of Brunswick when Allie was charged with murder of the town's beloved coach, Boyd Thomas. Sure she wrote an expose where she all but accused Coach Thomas of giving the football players seteroids and beating them when their performance wasn't up to standards, but a killer? Really? Despite the fact she was found trying to recessitate the body when the sheriff found them, Allie still maintains her innocence, even now all these years later she is convinced that someone else killed him, mainly Sheriff Gaines.

    Emma Marshall always looked up to her older sister, Allie, and wanted to be just like her. She knew she could never measure up, Allie was perfect, and Emma, well she was the black sheep. A little, ok a lot, permiscuous and not nearly the student Allie was. She was content to waste her life away. Then Allie gets arressted and convicted of murder and Emma sees this as her chance to become the "good sister". She puts aside her rebellious ways and takes full responsibility of Carloline, raising her as if she were her own. She makes sure Caroline has everything she needs and tries to shield her from as much of her mother's oredeal as possible. But, when Allie gets early parole what will become of this happy little family Emma has worked so hard to maintain and control?

    I wasn't exactly sure what to expect with Sister Dear. I have never read one of Laua McNeill's books, until now, so I wasn't sure how engaging it would be. Let me say, I was thoroughly suprised. Just when I thought things couldn't get anymore intense McNeill would throw another curve ball. There were times I gasped out loud, earning me weird looks from my dog, because I just couldn't beleve things could be so twisted.

    I love how she took something so common as sibling rivalry and added a few things to take readers on a ride they won't soon forget. I love suspence books because I try to figure out the twist, the who done it if you will, but I could never have expected the conclusion of Sister Dear. I'm hoping they make this into a movie because it is THAT good! If you're a fan of suspense novels or even if you aren't, I highly suggest giving Sister Dear a try.
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