Allie Marshall has life by the tail and everything is going her way. Things in life have come easy for her, much to the dismay of her younger sister, Emma. Emma struggles for everything and she is convinced her big sister hates her.
Emma tries to compete with Allie but she always ends up on the losing side.
But then tragedy strikes and Allie is charged with the murder of the high school football coach. When she is convicted and sentenced to prison her daughter, Caroline, is 5-years old. Suddenly Emma finds herself the favored daughter and the care-taker of Caroline.
Allie is released from prison after 10-years and she has one goal, get her daughter and find out who really killed the coach. Neither one will be easy, but can she do both?
You’ll have to read the book to find out.
My thoughts on Sister Dear by Laura McNeill:
The characters were well-developed and a little over-done. The angst both sisters experience was a little over the top.
Emma’s angst is her “perfect” sister and how no matter what she does, she just isn’t good enough in anyone eyes. Her intentionally keeping Caroline from Allie, and then pitting her against Allie was aggravating to me as the reader. Allie’s chip on her shoulder towards the sheriff was, again, aggravating.
The story is well written, but it wasn’t a story I couldn’t put down. The plot tended to drag on and on and I think there could have been a climax and solution much sooner, making the book more enjoyable.
By the end of the first chapter, the reader understands the animosity between the two sisters, yet every chapter details it further. A few sub-plots would have made this book unforgettable and a GREAT read.
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I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse for the purpose of review.