I’d like to introduce you to Laura McNeill. She’s a phenomenal writer. Honest. I don’t know how much you know about me when it comes to books, but I’m an avid reader and when a book sticks with me I sing its praises whenever I can, wherever I can. I’m thankful she gave me an opportunity to read her book – I love connecting with great authors.
And that’s exactly what happened with Sister Dear (links throughout are affiliate links).
Sister Dear is the kind of story you watch unravel and gasp over things, even if you might have kinda-sorta expected a few of them to happen.
When the book opens we meet Allie. Allie is in prison for a crime she says she didn’t commit. Allie has lost a decade of her life, her relationship with her family – most especially her daughter – and her love. Allie intends to return home to the small town in Georgia where she lived before, but knows that she isn’t exactly going to find the welcoming committee there waiting for her.
I love that McNeill has written this book from the perspective of many characters. We see deep inside Allie’s mind and truly feel her struggle as she tries to adjust to life outside the prison walls. We get some important insight on her sister, Emma, insight that we carry with us throughout the entire book. We wonder what Emma’s goals are and what she’s been up to all these years. We meet Caroline, Allie’s daughter who has been living with Emma for the past decade. Caroline is truly struggling with her mother’s return. She’s just not sure she’s ready for this.
We also meet the town Sheriff. He’s an interesting character, this Sheriff Gaines. He’s absolutely against Allie being released. Like, passionately so. To the point that Allie suspects him of doing the crime she was incarcerated for. The sheriff? Isn’t he supposed to be a good guy? You’d think – wouldn’t you?
And while turning page after page, the best thing about this book is that we’re not quite sure. Not for a while. Like I mentioned, even when we find ourselves suspecting something, we’re never 100% positive that we’ve got our finger on what’s coming next.
That’s pretty much where I need to leave you. I just can’t tell you much more without ruining the story – and I’m not a spoiler giver when it comes to amazing reads. Nuh uh. Not me.
So, click the cover image below and order your own copy of Sister Dear today.
And if you’re looking for some more book recommendations, please come see me at Good Girl Gone Redneck so you can check out my list of 12 Books You Must Read This Summer.