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Sister Dear Paperback – April 19, 2016
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'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. ' (Publishers Weekly)
'...McNeill kept dangling me above the motivation until she finally explained it to me. I highly recommend this book to everyone.' (Fiction 411)
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.” (RT Book Reviews)
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.
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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.
After reading Laura McNeills Center of Gravity, I was beyond excited to read this. Sister Dear is full of twists and turns. Also I feel McNeill is very good at suspense. Another thing there is, is there are four points of view in this story. It adds so much more drama and mystery to the story. Allie has been put away for ten years for a murder she didn’t commit.
So I feel having the different point of views adds the mystery. Also I feel the entire book is so unsettling because it feels like any character could just snap. I really enjoyed the book, for the most part it was a very even pace through out the book. But and this is a big but, and happens to be about the end. For the last 30 pages or so it just crams the rest of the story. It was like “wait we are running out of book make everything go faster”. Also the very end like the very end of the epilogue end could have just been deleted. It was such an unnecessary part to the story. Inclosing I really liked the book and I cannot wait to see wait else Laura McNeill will publish.
I received this book in exchange for my honest review from the BookLookBloggers program. [...]
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Lots of emotional baggage, family intrigue and interesting twists.
Never trust those who seems to good to be true.