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Book Review: “Sister Dear” by Hannah Mary McKinnon

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Thank you @harlequinbooks #mirabooks for my gifted copy of “Sister Dear” by Hannah Mary McKinnon! (pub date 5/26) (Click HERE to go to HMM’s Instagram & HERE for her website.)

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.

***Man! This book is GOOD! So good! Dark, twisty, fraught with tension, & addictively unputdownable (yes, those are official book reviewer adjectives), “Sister Dear” grabs you right out of the gate & doesn’t let go! I have always yearned to have a sister. A sibling BFF to gossip, share clothes & secrets with & always be there for each other. But now…maybe I don’t really need one after all.

Sister Dear” is a domestic, psychological suspense novel with characters you will love to hate & a shocking ending you won’t see coming. Highly recommend this book! This one is not to be missed & is available now. Be sure to look for this & McKinnon’s other 3 books (“Her Secret Son“, “The Neighbors” & “Time After Time“) at your local indie bookstores first. They need our sales more than Bezos does. Click HERE to use BookStoreLink, which helps you locate the books you want at independent bookstores. (And now I have to try & remember who borrowed my other 2 McKinnon books & didn’t return them, since they are both MIA, & I haven’t gotten to read them yet…).

Editorial reviews:

A stunning achievement! Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, Hannah Mary McKinnon proved me wrong. Beautifully plotted story with characters that left a mark.” — Samantha Downing, author of #1 International Bestseller, My Lovely Wife

“Loss, love, revenge, buried secrets and greed add up to make Sister Dear an electrifying read. If you think you know where this story is headed, watch out. Hannah Mary McKinnon has a few tricks up her sleeve. A must read!”—Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl and The Other Mrs.

 “A brilliant, breathless thriller that crackles with suspense and heart-thumping twists. I finished this absorbing, creepy and downright sinister novel in the wee hours of the night. And the ending…perfection! Sister Dear is McKinnon’s best book yet.”—Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and Before She Was Found

Sister Dear is fabulous, with a bombshell twist you won’t see coming. I devoured it.”—Kaira Rouda, internationally bestselling author of The Favorite Daughter

“Hannah Mary McKinnon keeps getting better! Her latest domestic suspense ratchets up the tension as one sister stalks another. Jealousy and betrayal go hand in hand as readers try to guess, in this family, who is predator and who is prey.”—Mindy Mejia, internationally acclaimed author of Leave No Trace

“When Eleanor Hardwicke learns that her late father wasn’t her biological father, she embarks on a quest to discover the truth about her family. Hannah Mary McKinnon weaves a tale so twisted and masterful, you’ll be dizzy with exhilaration by the end. Sister Dear is a rip-roaring, page-turning, hold-your-breath thriller where there’s only thing you can be certain of: trust no one.”— Jennifer Hillier, award-winning author of Jar of Hearts and Little Secrets

Here are Hannah Mary McKinnon’s other books to check out:

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How far would you go to protect the ones you love…when they may not be yours to protect?

When Josh’s longtime partner, Grace, dies in a tragic accident, he is left with a mess of grief—and full custody of her seven-year-old son, Logan. While not his biological father, Josh has been a dad to Logan in every way that counts, and with Grace gone, Logan needs him more than ever.

Wanting to do right by Logan, Josh begins the process of becoming his legal guardian—something that seems suddenly urgent, though Grace always brushed it off as an unnecessary formality. But now, as Josh struggles to find the paperwork associated with Logan’s birth, he begins to wonder whether there were more troubling reasons for Grace’s reluctance to make their family official.

As he digs deeper into the past of the woman he loved, Josh soon finds that there are many dark secrets to uncover, and that the truth about where Logan came from is much more sinister than he could have imagined… Tightly paced and brimming with tension, Her Secret Son is a heartbreakingly honest portrait of a family on the edge of disaster and a father desperate to hold on to the boy who changed his life.

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Abby looks forward to meeting the family who just moved in across the street—until she realizes they’re the one couple who could expose her deepest secrets

After a night of fun back in 1992, Abby is responsible for a car crash that kills her beloved brother. It’s a mistake she can never forgive, so she pushes away Liam, the man she loves most, knowing that he would eventually hate her for what she’s done, the same way she hates herself.

Twenty years later, Abby’s husband, Nate, is also living with a deep sense of guilt. He was the driver who first came upon the scene of Abby’s accident, the man who pulled her to safety before the car erupted in flames—the man who could not save her brother in time. It’s this guilt, this regret, that binds them together. They understand each other. Or so Nate believes.

In a strange twist of fate, Liam moves into the neighborhood with his own family, releasing a flood of memories that Abby has been trying to keep buried all these years. Abby and Liam, in a complicit agreement, pretend never to have met, yet cannot resist the pull of the past—nor the repercussions of the terrible secrets they’ve both been carrying…

Have you ever wondered “What if?”
When Hayley Cooper goes to sleep wishing for a different life, then wakes up in bed with her first boyfriend, she can’t believe her eyes. She hasn’t seen Chris in over twenty years – but now she’s married to him. And Hayley is in for a few more romantic surprises . . .

Over a single weekend, Hayley lives her life time and time again, and as each of her former loves resurface, Hayley starts to realise that there’s some truth in the saying ‘be careful what you wish for.’ Yes, the past two years with her husband Rick have been tough, but is the grass always greener?
Time After Time is a fresh, funny novel, which explores the romantic paths that could have been and the ones who (almost) got away. . .

What readers are saying about Time After Time:
‘An upbeat, feel good read that looks at what can happen when you say What If?’
‘The book is billed as Ground Hog Day meets Sliding Doors. I say it would make a great movie of its own!
I enjoyed this book immensely, it was something different, from the normal chick-lit genre, and it had me laughing one minute and in tears the next.’
‘The book was really thought-provoking and quite philosophical, too – the main message being, appreciate what you’ve got, cos the grass isn’t any greener anywhere else. Very enjoyable read. I’ve already recommended it to friends.’

About the author:

Hannah Mary was born in the UK, grew up in Switzerland and moved to Canada in 2010. After a successful career in recruitment, she quit the corporate world in favor of writing. She now lives in Oakville, Ontario, with her husband and three sons, and is delighted by her twenty-second commute. Connect with her on Facebook, on Twitter @HannahMMcKinnon, and on Instagram @HannahMaryMcKinnon. For more, visit her website at http://www.hannahmarymckinnon.com

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