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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

#ATBR2020 Review: Sister Dear by Hannah Mary McKinnon @harlequinbooks @HannahMMcKinnon @jessmapreviews

Sister Dear 
by Hannah Mary McKinnon 

Publisher: Mira
Publish Date: May 26, 2020
Kindle Edition
368 Pages
Genre: Thriller

Beauty. Wealth. Success.

She’s got it all.

And it all should’ve been mine.

When Eleanor Hardwicke’s beloved father dies, her world is further shattered by a gut-wrenching secret: the man she’s grieving isn’t really her dad. Eleanor was the product of an affair and her biological father is still out there, living blissfully with the family he chose. With her personal life spiraling, a desperate Eleanor seeks him out, leading her to uncover another branch on her family tree—an infuriatingly enviable half sister.

Perfectly perfect Victoria has everything Eleanor could ever dream of. Loving childhood, luxury home, devoted husband. All of it stolen from Eleanor, who plans to take it back. After all, good sisters are supposed to share. And quiet little Eleanor has been waiting far too long for her turn to play.

My Review:

After reading The Neighbors last month, I read this book side eyeing everything.  My mind kept churning and I had to force myself to try and not figure it out because when it comes this author's books, you NEVER know what's going to happen!

The beginning of this book is incredibly sad and had me missing my father and all his dad jokes.  "What do elves learn in school? The elfa-bet."  "What do you call Santa when he takes a break? Santa Pause." tee hee.  🤎

I felt a lot for Eleanor and everything she was going through but I was also highly frustrated with her throughout most of the book.  It took a while for the foundation to get laid with this one and then we get the BOOM in the last few chapters.  I don't know why but I did NOT see that coming.  All these little peeks led to an eye opening revelation and personally, I was here for it. 

I think some people will have issue with her character but gimme all the characters to hate when it's done so humanly.  And that ending... well, let me tell you, I'm one of those readers that love to be surprised and not have it be all tied up nicely in a bow.  Crazy Lifetime movie type of read... GIVE IT TO ME.  This book just brings out the natural craziness that's inside of us ALL … and if you're gonna deny THAT, then you just haven't tapped into yours yet... but don't worry, you will. 😉


Jessica's Review:
This is my third book by McKinnon and she hasn't let me down yet! After reading THE NEIGHBORS last month, I was so ready for another twisty and crazy ride with SISTER DEAR. Her books all have one thing in common, they are so addictive and once you start, you really don't want to have to put it down.

We get an emotional opening followed by plenty to keep you on your toes and she kept me guessing until the end. Eleanor is definitely a character that you can't find yourself loving, but hey, you can't love them all so we might as well enjoy hating some! You do have to feel for her in the fact that she found out some bombshells about her family that turned her world upside down, but it really ends there. It's amazing what jealousy and envy will push a person to do. 

While I would probably classify this as more of a slower burn type thriller, the writing is so absorbing that you'll find yourself flying through it. McKinnon knows how to intricately weave a story and give us little reveals strategically to keep pulling us along. All the family drama and a final reveal I wasn't expecting - she remains an auto-buy author for me and I can't recommend her books enough.

5 stars

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