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Sister Dear
by Laura McNeill


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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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

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 powerful debut . . . is a suspenseful and haunting tale . . . and] is particularly unsettling as it mirrors the headlines found in newspapers and court cases everywhere."

--Library Journal, starred review for Center of Gravity


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780718030926
  • ISBN-10: 0718030923
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publish Date: April 2016
  • Page Count: 400
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Fiction > Christian - Suspense
Books > Fiction > Thrillers - Suspense
Books > Fiction > Contemporary Women

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-02-22
  • Reviewer: Staff

McNeill (Center of Gravity) misfires with this tangled tale of a wrongfully convicted woman trying to reclaim her life. In 2006, Allie Marshall went to prison for manslaughter in the death of high school football coach Boyd Thomas. On her release 10 years later, Allie returns home to Brunswick, Ga., where her daughter, Caroline, who was five when Allie was sentenced, wants nothing to do with her. Caroline has bonded closely with Allie’s sister, Emma, who has been Caroline’s guardian since her mother was imprisoned. Flashbacks to the events of 2006 reveal how Allie became convinced that Thomas was abusive and giving his players steroids. Sheriff Lee Gaines’s animosity, Emma’s subversion (first hinted at, then blatant), and Caroline’s histrionic anguish all become explicable once Allie discovers mysteriously still-intact evidence 10 years after Thomas’s death. Clumsy plotting and shallow characters don’t help. (Apr.)

 
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