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.
**I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
Sometimes I’m hesitant to try new authors. You never know what you are going to get. But Laura McNeill’s style quickly convinced me to get comfy and be ready to read.
Right away, I loved how this story was told. Not to mention, I loved the story itself–the synopsis had me intrigued. But I loved the clear voices of the three main narrators, Allie, Emma, and Caroline, with the occasional voice of the Sherrif. The plot was twisted enough that I kept wondering how everything would work out, or rather what actually happened on a fateful day that impacted all of their lives.
Another thing I loved was watching this story unfold by what was currently happening, but also through flashbacks. This novel weaves the two timelines together flawlessly and I enjoyed that immensely.
My one disappointment was at the end. I felt like there was one too many coincedences, almost leading to an eye-rolling type moment. But, the book overall, was good enough that I’m willing to look past that.
A small caution with this novel, there are a couple of short scenes that are a bit more passionate in nature as well as a couple instances of language.
About the Author:
After six years behind the anchor desk at two CBS affiliates, Laura moved to the Alabama Gulf Coast to raise her family. Her accolades in broadcasting include awards from the Associated Press, including Best News Anchor and Best Specialized Reporter.
Laura’s writing awards include those from William Faulkner-Wisdom Writing Competition, Writer’s Digest, RWA, and the Eric Hoffer award. Center of Gravity was published in July 2015. Sister Dear will be released April 19, 2016 by HarperCollins. She currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama.
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