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Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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.
If you were sent to jail for a crime that you didn't commit, how would you respond? How about if you were wrongfully in jail for a decade, and because of this you become alienated from almost everyone that is important to you? Unfortunately for Allie Marshall, both of the above situations are her nightmare that she is bound and determined to pull herself out of when she is out on parole from jail. 
I found myself truly feeling bad for Allie when she returns to society from being in jail. The book is written very well and I found that Allie as well as all of the other characters were very relate-able. I also loved the tension that the author creates so well throughout all of the battles that Allie faces as she gives her life to prove her truth. You will be rooting for her if not all the way through, certainly by the middle-end of the book. The more that gets uncovered about her sister Emma, the more you will be begging for Allie to get her justice. It is a book about fighting for what is right and just in the world and you will love the ride in this thriller.
4 Stars
Reviewed by Chris
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