Saturday, April 18, 2020

Review: Sister Dear by Hannah Mary McKinnon

Title: Sister Dear
Author: Hannah Mary McKinnon
Published: May 2020, MIRA
Format: ARC Paperback, 384 pages
Source: Author

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 thoughts: This is the second book I've read by Hannah Mary McKinnon and I am just blown away by her writing. I loved the last book I read by her, Her Secret Son, but this latest one is even better...she definitely stepped up her game with this one!

I love a good twisty thriller, and this one is just so well-crafted it completely sucks you in. It's dark and wickedly entertaining, filled with obsession, manipulation and just the right amount of devious behavior from our flawed characters. 

I loved the choice of narrators - having Eleanor be the sole narrator was perfect. She is complex, yet not the strongest character you will meet. She is reeling from the death of her father, who she has just found out is not her real dad. Not having a strong relationship with her mother, she is desperate to find a family that may welcome her with open arms. If only that were the case. What follows is a case of jealousy that turns dark and takes on a life of it's own.

This book is completely addicting. Once I started reading it, I had a hard time putting it down...I just had to see what was going to happen next and I could not bear to stop reading it. It's one of those books where you think you know where things are headed but you could not be more wrong - and I love that. I love being proven wrong time and again. And that ending...OMG! That totally floored me, in the best way...and I would love nothing more than to see a sequel come from this book, but then again...maybe not. Maybe we just need to have the ending be that and let our imaginations wonder what happens next.

This is one book I know I won't stop thinking about and will definitely be recommending to all my thriller-loving friends! Hannah Mary McKinnon is absolutely a must-read author for me and I cannot wait to see what comes next from her. Have you read her books yet? If not, what are you waiting for?


1 comment

  1. Thank you so much for your fabulous review, Kristin. I'm beyond thrilled you enjoyed SISTER DEAR. Thank you, thank you!!! xo


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