Mystery/Thriller

Review: Sister Dear by Hannah Mary McKinnon

A thriller about a sister who discovers a family secret - and is ready to take advantage of it.


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Sister Dear book cover

Sister Dear

by Hannah Mary McKinnon

Published April 26, 2020 by MIRA
ISBN: 1488055521

Data from Goodreads

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: Meh… But The Ending Was Decent

The Pros: What worked for me

  • The story moves at a fast pace so there really isn’t much of a dull moment
  • I liked how the author stuck to her guns when it came to the ending; it made this story stand out from the rest.

The Cons: What I didn’t like

  • There was very little, if any, character development. The story rushed along so quickly that I never got the chance to connect with the main character. It also made her run of bad luck seem extremely far-fetched and unbelievable.
  • I also didn’t buy into the whole “terrible mom, terrible sister” story element. Maybe it was because both the mother and sister were more caricatures than fully-developed characters, but there just didn’t seem to be any rationale behind their hatred for Eleanor.
  • The author kept mentioning Eleanor’s weight and I thought this would play some role in the story – but it didn’t. It was essentially useless and added nothing to the story.
  • Maybe I read too many thrillers but I found the plot obvious. It was easy to pick apart(Click to reveal spoiler) the original revenge plot because Eleanor’s character just never showed that level of deviousness required to mastermind something like that. Things were also too much of a coincidence for it to be believable for me.

I think I definitely need to take a break from all of these thrillers because I’m able to figure them out right away. While I loved the story idea, the execution of this novel didn’t work for me. The ending really saved things, allowing me to rate it 2/5 stars. 

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