Sister Dear was told in alternating chapters where the author used a handful of characters to investigate who killed the Coach. Allie had been convicted of killing him and upon her release she returned to her home town. The community did not welcome her back, but when her daughter declared she didn’t want to have a relationship with Allie, it prompted her to turn her attention to figuring out who really killed the Coach.
I would call this a family drama rather than a mystery. First off, since the author focused on only five characters it was obvious one of them was the killer. Secondly, Allie’s quest began late in the novel and she figured out the identity of the killer very quickly. Too quickly actually. She barely investigated and I thought if it was so easy to figure it out now, why hadn’t it been that way when her trial was going on? Those decisions made this unbelievable, and not in a good way.
I think the biggest drawback for me was that this was a depressing read. Allie and her sister didn’t have a good relationship, which made her sister an obvious suspect in the murder. Allie’s daughter was taunted at school and also didn’t want to speak to her. Her chapters were really juvenile and didn’t add much to the novel.
Overall, the negative aspects made this a somber read.