Thursday, May 5, 2016

Gone Girl with a Twist

Thank you to Thomas Nelson for giving me a copy of Sister Dear in exchange for an honest review.

I have followed Laura’s career as a writer from the beginning. Her books have always been enjoyable and have been great reads!  The story in Sister Dear is different from the past but in such a good way.


Allie Marshall is getting her release from prison, and her freedom back.   Once she is out she can go about investigating who really committed the murder she went to prison for?  This crime has cost her ten years of her life.  Allie has no relationship with her daughter Caroline.  Her only visitor has been her sister Emma.  What happened?  Will Allie find the answers she is looking for and prove her innocence? Will Caroline be willing to give her mother another chance?

My Thoughts:

What a story!  I could not put it down.  Laura has such a way of crafting a story that makes you want to find out what will happen next.  She created a character in Allie Marshall that readers will empathize with as they read. They will also want to fight for Allie as she strives to find the truth. She is the protagonist.  Emma who is the antagonist in this story is steadily revealed over the course of this novel.  The story is told through five different characters points of view.   These characters are Allie Marshall, Emma Marshall, Caroline Marshall, Sheriff Boyd Gaines, and Natalie.   The description of the setting made me want to visit the Brunswick area where it was set.

I titled this review Gone Girl with a Twist because it had a similar feel to me.  I did not read the book but I have seen the movie.  The concept of forgiveness in a Gone Girl type plot is interesting but not what we would typical see as readers. One lesson about forgiveness is that it is more about you than others.  Secondly, it is about letting the one that wronged you go.  Thirdly, it is about letting God be in control.
Laura McNeill is definitely one to watch!



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  1. Jencey, I loved reading your review and I agree - this book is brilliant!