So many people had recommended Laura McNeill’s first release, Center of Gravity, to me last year. Unfortunately, I never grabbed an opportunity to read it because at the time I had too many other books I my pile. As soon as I was offered the chance to review her next book, Sister Dear, I jumped at the chance.
Sister Dear tells the story of Allie Marshall, just paroled from prison after 10 years for a crime she insists she didn’t commit, the killing of the town’s beloved football coach, Boyd Thomas. Her sister, Emma, currently has custody of Allie’s teenage daughter, Caroline. Her parents have just sold their vet practice to a new family in town.
Caroline seems to be the most affected by Allie’s return, as her mother was gone for a huge portion of her life and she’s worried about he social repercussions for her as news spreads. To keep herself busy, she chooses to volunteer at the local nursing home after school.
Once this story gets going, readers will have a pretty good idea of who is ultimately responsible for the crime. But what I love about this book is how Laura dropped little surprising nuggets of information throughout. Little puzzle pieces were found every few chapters that started forming the ultimate picture of what really happened. Just when you think you cannot be surprised anymore, you get a new twisty tidbit to keep you reading.
Now I cannot wait to go back and read Center of Gravity and whatever new novels Laura has coming our way. She has an amazing ability to hook you early without a ton of extraneous information. My thanks to TNZFiction, Litfuse, and Laura McNeill for the copy in exchange for an honest review.
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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.