Tuesday, May 19, 2020

BLOG TOUR - Sister Dear

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for Sister Dear by Hannah Mary McKinnon.


In Hannah Mary McKinnon’s psychological thriller, SISTER DEAR (MIRA Trade; May 26, 2020; $17.99), the obsession of Single White Female meets the insidiousness of You, in a twisted fable about the ease of letting in those who wish us harm, and that mistake’s dire consequences.

The day he dies, Eleanor Hardwicke discovers her father – the only person who has ever loved her – is not her father. Instead, her biological father is a wealthy Portland businessman who wants nothing to do with her and to continue his life as if she doesn’t exist. That isn’t going to work for Eleanor.

Eleanor decides to settle the score. So, she befriends his daughter Victoria, her perfect, beautiful, carefree half-sister who has gotten all of life’s advantages while Eleanor has gotten none.

As she grows closer to Victoria, Eleanor’s obsession begins to deepen. Maybe she can have the life she wants, Victoria’s life, if only she can get close enough. 



Title:   Sister Dear
Author:  Hannah Mary McKinnon
Publisher:  MIRA
Genre:  Mystery/Thrillers
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   384
Date of Publication:   May 26, 2020
My Rating:   5 Stars

Not only is Eleanor Hardwickes devastated by her father's death, she learns that he isn't her natural father. However, his last words  said was a name. So, Eleanor is certain the name of the man must be her natural father. Eleanor is more than shocked. Why have her parents kept this from her? She manages to locate him, but things do not go well for her. Eleanor learns that she has a half-sister, whom she also intends upon meeting.

I felt a sense of pending doom as the book progressed. Motives definitely came into play for both Eleanor and her sister Victoria. This shocking story reminded me of a Pollyanna situation. All of a sudden, everything was so...perfect. I have read enough books to know that when everything is just right in a story, it is very likely something is going to go wrong.

I really liked Eleanor and wanted the best for her. For one thing, I was saddened by her body image issues that were touched on in his book. And, due to the fact that her relationship with her mother, Eleanor deserved the family bond that should have happened with her and Victoria. However, wanting something good to happen to a protagonist while reading a book doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.

This incredible read was impossible to put down and so I read it from cover-to-cover in one sitting. I loved spending time trying to decide whose side to be on, Victoria's or Eleanor's. The story was fast-paced, the drama seemed true to life and the conclusion was utterly shocking. It will be interesting to see what other readers to get their hands on this book! What an amazing book!

Many thanks to MIRA and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

Please enjoy the following excerpt.

Chapter 1

The police didn’t believe me. A jury wouldn’t have, either, if I’d gone on trial, and most definitely not the judge. My attorney had more than a few reservations about my story. Ms. Allerton hadn’t said as much. She didn’t need to. I saw it in her eyes, could tell by the way she shuffled and reshuffled her papers, as if doing so might shake my lies clean off the pages, leaving only the truth behind in her inky, royal blue swirls.

After our first meeting I’d concluded she must’ve known early on—before she shook my hand with her icy fingers—that I was a liar. Before she’d walked into the room in shiny, four-inch heels, she’d no doubt decided she’d heard my excuses, or a variation thereof, from countless clients already. I was yet another person claiming to be innocent. Another criminal who’d remained adamant they’d done nothing wrong, it wasn’t their fault, honest, despite the overwhelming amount of evidence to the contrary, a wall of impending doom surrounding me.

And still, at the time I’d believed the only reason Ms. Allerton had taken on my case pro-bono was because of the amount of publicity it gave her firm. Reducing my sentence—for there would be one—would amplify her legacy as a hot-shot lawyer. I’d accepted her help. There was no other option. I needed her knowledge, her expertise, saw her as my final hope. I now know her motivations were something else I’d miscalculated. All hope extinguished. Game over.

If I’m being fair, the judgements Ms. Allerton and other people had made about me weren’t completely wrong. I had told lies, some, anyway. While that stripped away part of my claim to innocence, it didn’t mean I was entirely guilty. Not of the things everybody said I’d done. Things I’d had no choice but to confess to, despite that being my biggest lie of all.

But I’ll tell you the truth. The whole truth and nothing but. I’ll start at the beginning, and share everything that happened. Every last detail leading up to one fateful night. The night someone died because of me. The night I lost you, too.

I won’t expect your forgiveness. Our relationship—or lack thereof—will have gone way beyond that point. No. All I can hope for, is that my side of the story will one day help you understand why I did the things I did.

And why I have to do the things I’ve not yet done.

Excerpted from Sister Dear by Hannah Mary McKinnon, Copyright © 2020 by Hannah McKinnon. Published by MIRA Books


Hannah Mary McKinnon 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, and is now the author of The Neighbors and Her Secret Son. She lives in Oakville, Ontario, with her husband and three sons, and is delighted by her twenty-second commute.


  1. I am also on this tour. I am glad you enjoyed it.

  2. Glad to see you liked it, I have this one on my list

  3. This sounds good. I actually read a historical fiction novel with a similar premise once.

  4. This one looks suspenseful. I'm glad you liked it!

  5. I love it when a book is impossible to put down. Great review.

  6. Not to much into psychological thrillers but the cover is intriguing!