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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

This was a creepy one but the cover could be a bit more lively (my feelings here! as I am a sucker for covers).

Allie Marshall has just got released after ten years in prison. She was serving a sixteen year sentence and she herself cannot believe that she is now free. Under parole of course with strict regulations governing her behaviour. She is coming home to her daughter Caroline, her sister who has looked after Caroline single handedly and to her parents.

Her homecoming is not that joyful even on the family front. Her sister is obviously making an attempt to welcome her, her father is stilted, her mother shies away from any obvious reference to any unpleasantness and her daughter is disastrously not merely indifferent but angry that her mother has returned to her life and upset the even keel it was upto now.

Allie knows that she has to try extra hard to make a go of her life from now on. Getting a job, then getting to grips with Caroline's feelings, trying to handle people in the community who make no bones about their dislike for her is all hard.  Added to that is the fact that Allie knows she is innocent, and she was framed. She is still determined to get to the bottom of that.

The whys and hows of this thriller were convoluted to be sure. Half way through it was possible to know which way it was going though it did not detract from the story. It emphasized what love does to people - it can actually make a very sane person so off balance that they do not know what is right or wrong and can justify their most harshest actions accordingly.

The book was sent to me by Netgalley courtesy of Thomas Nelson. 

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