Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

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Photo Credit: Thomas Nelson- 4/19

This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

Sister Dear

Summary from Goodreads:

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.


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

You know how it is when you have a book that is good and you just have to find out what happens next- and who cares if the laundry gets done? That was Sister Dear for me.

I started reading it in my hour-ish designated reading time before bed one night and the next morning, I got up early and said “Read a couple of chapters, get the laundry going, and then do a little housework, and you can read this afternoon.” Nope. Didn’t happen. I let the housework slide that morning, reclined on the couch with one of my cats and got sucked into the story.

What I liked:

-The Cover: Creepy feel. And *ahem* very telling of the sister relationship.

– The area of Brunswick. I’ve never been to that region of Georgia and yet, I felt I could see it perfectly in my mind.

– The mystery. While some of I guessed right away (you don’t watch soap operas and not be able to pick up on some clues, lol!) there was still enough there to keep me entertained (and maybe even a twist that I didn’t see!)

– Emma. Layered characters really work for me- and Emma has layers.


Growing up in the deep South, I also thought Laura McNeill showing the dark side of football was intriguing. Football is a religious experience in the South and people can get nutty over high school football. Laura didn’t shy away from that!

Bottom line: This is a book that should be on your reading list. Characters with dark secrets andΒ  a town that is willing to turn a blind eye to certain happenings!


*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone. Sister Dear is an April Futuristic Friday selection by Traveling With T.*


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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13 thoughts on “Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

  1. Amanda D says:

    This book is on hold for me at the library. After reading your review, I can’t wait to read it. I am definitely picking it up today.

    • I live in FOOTBALL country so I was so intrigued by Laura going there with her story πŸ™‚ Hockey is a sport I know less than nothing about, though! Not a lot of hockey fans around here πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  2. Creepy and who cares if the laundry gets done? Yes! Thank you so much for the lovely review and for highlighting Sister Dear on your website! It’s been such a pleasure getting to know you this past year! xo, Laura

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