Have any of you seen the movie Double Jeopardy? It’s one of those movies that if it’s on TV, I’ll watch it no matter what part it’s on. It’s about a woman who serves time for a crime she didn’t commit and her setting out to prove her innocence once she’s on parole. While the plot and characters are much different, this book kept me hooked much the same with a woman also trying to clear her name.
All Allie Marshall wants is a fresh start. But when dark secrets refuse to stay buried, will her chance at a new life be shattered forever?
Convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, Allie watched a decade of her life vanish – time that can never be recovered. Now, out on parole, Allie is determined to clear her name, rebuild her life, and reconnect with the daughter she barely knows.
But Allie’s return home shatters the quaint, coastal community of Brunswick, Georgia. Even her own daughter Caroline, now a teenager, bristles at Allie’s claims of innocence. Refusing defeat, a stronger, smarter Allie launches a battle for the truth, digging deeply into the past even if it threatens her parole status, personal safety, and the already-fragile bond with family.
As her commitment to finding the truth intensifies, what Allie ultimately uncovers is far worse than she imagined. Her own sister has been hiding a dark secret—one that holds the key to Allie’s freedom.
First, the descriptions of Georgia made me want to hop on a plane and go to these islands. Her story telling and setting the scene was delightful.
Overall I enjoyed this novel. Instead of one “big” conclusion given towards the end, McNeill dropped pieces throughout the pages and as a reader I was able to put together the puzzle, but I was still curious how the novel would fully pan out in the end.
More than the mystery, I thought this was a story about the paths we all take and the decisions we make. Through it all there’s redemption, forgiveness, and family bonds. So while the mystery wasn’t the strongest I’ve read in this genre, I still enjoyed Allie’s story.
Are you a fan of suspense novels? What’s a must read?
(Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)