Sisters

Sisters

by Patricia MacDonald
     
 

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Could finding her long lost sister be the biggest mistake Alex Woods has ever made? Having recently lost both her parents in a tragic car accident, Alex Woods is shocked to discover through the family lawyer that her beloved mother was keeping a secret – a baby she gave up for adoption when she had just left high school. But when Alex decides to search for

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Could finding her long lost sister be the biggest mistake Alex Woods has ever made? Having recently lost both her parents in a tragic car accident, Alex Woods is shocked to discover through the family lawyer that her beloved mother was keeping a secret – a baby she gave up for adoption when she had just left high school. But when Alex decides to search for her long lost sister – and finds her – she is in for a terrible surprise . . .  

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Publishers Weekly
On returning home to Chichester, Mass., Alex Woods learns a dark secret about her late mother in this well-plotted domestic thriller from Edgar-finalist MacDonald (Missing Child). As a teen, Alex’s mother had an out-of-wedlock daughter whom she put up for adoption. Alex tracks down this long-lost sister, Dory Colson, who’s serving a prison sentence for the murder of Lauren Colson, the sister in her adopted family. Dory insists she didn’t kill Lauren, but her adopted parents believe otherwise. They warn Alex of Dory’s violent juvenile record, yet Alex remains convinced of her innocence, helping Dory’s lawyer to secure her release and retrial. Once out of prison, Dory begins to display signs of being deeply unstable, and Alex is forced to reexamine her assumptions about a sister she hardly knows. MacDonald’s characters are born solely out of their situations, but constant twists and the lingering question of Dory’s innocence make for an engrossing read. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
A letter from her late mother turns a would-be curator's world upside down. Returning to the Boston suburbs after graduate school seemed a natural step for Alex Woods--or would have seemed natural had both her parents not died in a car crash shortly before her graduation. Now Alex is back, cleaning out her childhood home and looking for work in one of Boston's many galleries. Her parents' attorney has quite a surprise for her. Her mother left a letter for Alex, an only child, telling her that she had a baby when she was a teenager. Mr. Killebrew agrees to have a private detective search for the child, given up for adoption shortly after her birth. But the results of the search shock Alex: Her half sister Dory is in prison for the murder of Lauren, the natural child of her adoptive parents, Garth and Elaine Colson. Stunned, Alex visits Dory and finds her half sister bitter and guarded. Marisol Torres, a law student working with the Justice Initiative at New England Law School, believes that Dory may have grounds for an appeal; her public defender advised Dory to plead guilty without attempting to gather any evidence that might have exonerated her. Alex helps Marisol find evidence that Dory was misrepresented. Getting her conviction overturned, however, is not the same as proving Dory innocent. As the sisters come to know each other, Alex wonders whether she made the right decision to find Dory and help her. Is she putting herself, her new career and her blossoming friendship with college professor Seth Paige at risk for a sister she lived 26 years without knowing she had? The latest from MacDonald, a longtime specialist in family potboilers (Missing Child, 2012, etc.), won't disappoint her fans.
Booklist
“This fast-paced novel of psychological suspense with numerous plot twists pulls the reader in and keeps the pages turning”
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"This fast-paced novel of psychological suspense with numerous plot twists pulls the reader in and keeps the pages turning" - Booklist
"The latest from MacDonald, a longtime specialist in family potboilers, won't disappoint her fans." - Kirkus Reviews
"...constant twists...make for an engrossing read." - Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780727882479
Publisher:
Severn House
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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Patricia Macdonald's darkly hypnotic tales have captivated readers across America, as well as in France, where she is a #1 bestselling author. Her previous novels include "Suspicious Origin, Stranger in the House, Not Guilty, " and the Edgar Award-nominated "The Unforgiven." She lives with her husband and daughter in New Jersey, where she is working on her next novel.

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