Title: Sister Dear
Author: Hannah Mary McKinnon
Genre: Fiction, Thriller
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Release Date: May 26, 2020
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.
Just before her father dies, Eleanor overhears him say that he isn’t her father. She’s left with just the name of her real father. She follows him and discovers his family. When he doesn’t want anything to do with her, she reaches out to his daughter, Victoria, to design her website. Eleanor doesn’t tell Victoria that they’re sisters while becoming friends with her. Eleanor wants to steal the successful life Victoria has, which Eleanor could have had if her real father had acknowledged her.
This story started out as an intriguing thriller. It took a little while for the real suspense to start. The middle of the story seemed like a light romance, with Eleanor getting into a relationship with her neighbour. In the last quarter of the book, the pacing sped up, becoming a suspenseful page turner.
I was so shocked at the ending. Looking back on the notes that I had written while I read it, I had gotten the story completely wrong. The ending made sense, but it was unexpected. I’m always pleased when I’m surprised at the ending of a thriller.
This was a great, slow burn thriller.
Thank you HarperCollins for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
What to read next:
Her Secret Son by Hannah Mary McKinnon
The Wives by Tarryn Fisher
About the Author:
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.
Have you read Sister Dear? What did you think of it?