Sister Dear by Laura McNeil *Plus Giveaway*

Sister DearI’m giving away one paperback copy of Sister Dear to one lucky reader.  Keep reading to learn how to enter to win.  First, here’s my thoughts on this book.

This was a unique story.  While it was a bit predictable in parts, I still was intrigued by the storyline.  Although it’s from a Christian publisher, I would consider this more of a clean read.  One of the main characters is involved in an affair and there’s a bit of mild language that I wouldn’t expect to see even in a clean read.  The story had potential for some inspirational themes, but the author chose not to go that route.  I liked that it was more focused on the suspense side of the story and had some great twists.  While a love interest was there, it really didn’t start to develop.

Plot:  Allie has just been released from prison on parole after serving 10 years and returns to her hometown to try to get her life back.  Her teenage daughter, Caroline has been under the care of Allie’s sister, Emma, and Caroline’s not ready to have the mother she barely knows come back into her life.  Allie’s trying to reconcile with her family while also trying to figure out what really happened the night Coach Thomas died.

Characters:  The story is told through multiple points of view and also uses flashbacks, making it well-rounded.  Allie is a very sympathetic character, serving time in prison while she’s innocent, then she must fight to get back her reputation and earn her daughter’s love and trust.  The characters were all well-written.  Even the ‘bad guys’ had some redeeming qualities in them, and seeing their backgrounds shows you why they are the way they are.

Recommendation:  I’d recommend this book to those who are looking for a great suspense without romance or inspirational threads.  If you prefer squeaky clean reads, this may not be to your liking.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from the Thomas Nelson Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review.

Now for the giveaway.  Tell me what some of your favorite suspense books are to be entered in the drawing.  Giveaway open to US mailing addresses only, please.  Giveaway ends on June 26th.

 

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