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The Sisters Chase by Sarah Healy
Mystery

The Sisters Chase

by Sarah Healy

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Quick take

Mary is clearly emotional and impulsive—or is there a method to her madness, a reason for her choices?

Synopsis

The hardscrabble Chase women'”Mary, Hannah, and their mother Diane'”have been eking out a living running a tiny seaside motel that has been in the family for generations, inviting trouble into their lives for just as long. Eighteen-year-old Mary Chase is a force of nature: passionate, beautiful, and free-spirited. Her much younger sister, Hannah, whom Mary affectionately calls 'œBunny,' is imaginative, her head full of the stories of princesses and adventures that Mary tells to give her a safe emotional place in the middle of their troubled world.

But when Diane dies in a car accident, Mary discovers the motel is worth less than the back taxes they owe. With few options, Mary’s finely tuned instincts for survival kick in. As the sisters begin a cross-country journey in search of a better life, she will stop at nothing to protect Hannah. But Mary wants to protect herself, too, for the secrets she promised she would never tell'”but now may be forced to reveal'”hold the weight of unbearable loss. Vivid and suspenseful, The Sisters Chase is a whirlwind page-turner about the extreme lengths one family will go to find'”and hold onto'”love.

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The Sisters Chase

From chapter one:

I was in the grocery store the other night waiting to be checked out, and in the line next to me were these two girls. They were nineteen, maybe twenty years old. And as they stood there, leaning on their cart, they let their heels slide out of the backs of their clogs and picked at their chipping nail polish. One flipped through a gossip magazine while the other looked on. When they straightened up, you could see then indentation of their belly buttons through their T-shirts. They were just girls, Mare. And I wondered if you ever got to be a girl like that.

Then a song came on. It's big right now; you would know it. And as soon as they heard it, these two girls look at each other, and without a word, they let their heads drop back and they opened their mouths and you should have heard the voices that came out. You should have heard how beautifully these girls sang. Now everyone was looking at them, not just me. And for a second, I could have sworn you were there. That you had come up quietly behind me.Listen to them, Bunny, you'd say.I'd turn and you'd be smiling, your lips apple red, the hood of your sweatshirt pulled up like a cloak.

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Why I love it

How far would you go to protect your younger sister? Which secrets would you keep, and what crimes would you commit?

When their mother dies in a car accident, the Chase sisters are left unmoored. With the deed to their sleepy Jersey Shore motel worth less than the paper it’s written on, and no other family to turn to, it falls on 18-year-old Mary to take care of her younger sister Hannah. With no reason to remain at the motel, they embark on a cross-country road trip, looking for a new home. But Mary makes increasingly erratic decisions which land them in dangerous situations and ultimately threaten their lives. Mary is clearly emotional and impulsive—or is there a method to her madness, a reason for her choices?

As Mary tries to outrun her past (impossible!), secrets old and new follow the Chase sisters and threaten to shatter the bonds of their small family. Will the sisters ever be able to settle down, or are they destined for a life of road trips, quick escapes, and broken dreams?

Healy’s portrayal of Mary and her doting little sister pulled on my heartstrings, and despite Mary’s questionable judgment, her love for Hannah shines off the pages. Should you decide to distrust Mary or simply give yourself over to her? You must decide for yourself. I found myself rooting for the sisters Chase to get a happy ending the whole way through the book.

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Member ratings (3,451)

  • Ashley P.

    Trenton, TX

    I absolutely loved this book! I stayed up into the wee hours the night to finish it, I could not put it down! It was poetic writing. There were some many times I just had to stop and ruminate over thebeautyofthewordsonthepage

  • Hope C.

    Klamath Falls, OR

    Throughly enjoyed the close relationship Mary and Hannah had. The ending of the book caught me by surprise and loved that Stephan came back into the picture to be there for Hannah. Absolutely loved it

  • Jean V.

    Simi Valley, CA

    This was a sweet, but sad book. I enjoyed the story, but was upset with the ending. I fell in love with girls and would recommend this book to all. Another good book that will remain in my library.

  • Amber B.

    Savannah, GA

    This book had me captivated almost immediately. It's all at once hilarious and heartbreaking. Beautiful prose throughout. The ending caught me completely off guard and left me satisfied but in tears.

  • Alexis C.

    Port Charlotte, FL

    I really connected with the characters in the novel and the writing was well done! I was quite impacted by the negativity of the overall story, but I really enjoyed the more realistic outlook on life.

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