Laura McNeill's "Sister Dear": Suspense and Mystery

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I can NOT imagine being locked up for a crime I didn't commit. I especially could not do this, with a child on the outside. It honestly gives me anxiety even contemplating such a thing. 
But, this is exactly the case when it comes to Allie Marshall, in Laura McNeill's "Sister Dear". And if you're like me and you get emotionally attached to your characters-then your anxiety will heighten to with this read.

This is a suspense/mystery novel with a very slow burn. I consider this a good thing, because finding out the truth is as difficult for the reader as it is for the characters! There are multiple point of views from chapter to chapter, which kept my interest peaked. The writing was really well done. It caught and held my attention from the very first chapter! 

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 is the kind of book you need an entire, uninterrupted weekend to read. It's hard to put down but easy to fall in love with. The characters are well flushed out, and feel as though you're reading intimate thoughts of real people-opposed to made up entities. 

I give this a well-deserved 5 out of 5 stars!

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Laura McNeill 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.

*I received this book in exchange for my honest review*

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