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The Sisters Chase Hardcover – June 27, 2017
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“Thoroughly surprising…In an era of inflationary cheap praise, in which every run-of-the-mill thriller is advertised as some sort of Nobel-worthy combination of Shakespeare, Scott Turow and, inevitably, Gone Girl, The Sisters Chase is that rare thing, a slow burner that conceals its cunning and sneaks up on you unawares. . . The novel’s best creation is Mary herself, as complex, interesting and flawed a heroine as you could hope for, equal parts Becky Sharp, Scarlett O’Hara and some ineffable and winning quality peculiar only to herself. One of the people she most reminded me of, in the end, was Sylvie, the unforgettable protagonist of Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping, with her pathological restlessness, her inability to settle into anything resembling a conventional life. Mary has this, too, and a self-destructiveness that is all the more poignant because she is fully aware that it exists inside her.”—Sarah Lyall, New York Times
“The Sisters Chase hits all the right marks. Wonderful characters, so believable that it still surprises me they aren’t real people, a heart-wrenching story about love, loyalty, and bonds that can’t be broken, and the true nature of survival. This is the kind of book that you read late into the night, eyes heavy, and wake up thinking about until you’ve finally finished the last page.” —Chevy Stevens, author of Those Girls and Still Missing
“The Chase girls, aptly named, are always, it seems, on the run, chasing a better life, a place where they’ll be at home, be safe and where the secrets of their past won’t come crashing down on them. Sarah Healy has created, in Mare and Bunny, characters so real and flawed my heart ached for them, and I so, so wanted them to find that safe place called home. The Sisters Chase is exquisitely written and full of surprises, love and loss; it is clearly the work of a writer at the top of her game.” —Jennifer McMahon, author of The Night Sister
“Absorbing…. Healy takes every opportunity to surprise her reader as Mary and Hannah grow up and into themselves. The sisters' relationship—and their resilience—makes this novel powerful.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Sarah Healy’s The Sisters Chase will stay with me for a long time. It’s a heart-rending tale of survival filled with deftly revealed surprises and twists. In less skillful hands, Healy’s deeply flawed young protagonist, Mary, might have been unlikeable, but here she’s redeemed by her love and compassion for her younger sister Hannah. In fact, I ached for Mary as her plans to save herself and Hannah fall apart and tension builds. Each chapter ends on a note of suspense and surprise that demands you turn the page. An exciting read!” —Diane Chamberlain, author of Pretending to Dance and The Silent Sister
“A beautifully written family drama with a mystery at its core, The Sisters Chase is a layered and lovely book about the bonds of love crashing up against the rocky shore of the world. Mary Chase is thorny and fractured and fascinating, and I will not forget her or her struggle to bring her sister to a place of peace and safety that she only half believes in. Sarah Healy’s novel, wise and fierce and bittersweet, broke my heart in all the best ways. This is one you’ll want to pass along.” —Joshilyn Jackson, author of The Opposite of Everyone and gods in Alabama
“Captivating...Mary is an unforgettable protagonist—a fierce and unstoppable force of nature caught in a storm of her own making. Healy delivers a heartbreaking story of love, loyalty, and secrets that can never truly be outrun.” —Publishers Weekly
“Part mystery, part road novel, part family saga, The Sisters Chase had me riveted from the first secret to the last revelation. Mary Chase is a force of nature and a truly unforgettable heroine.” —Lisa Lutz, author of The Passenger and How to Start a Fire
“Sarah Healy's The Sisters Chase is the deeply moving and thrilling portrayal of three women driven by love, loss, and the deep desire to make things right. This is a story that stayed with me long after I turned the last page.” —Carla Buckley, author of The Things That Keep Us Here and The Deepest Secret
"A striking, heartbreaking story about love, motherhood, and family, with a powerful and elusive protagonist at its heart." —Library Journal
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This is a hard review to construct for fear of giving away even a hint of the outcome. Any reader of this story must take this journey with Mary and Hannah and unweave all the details for themselves - trying to unravel what makes Mary do the things that she does. In all honesty, I didn't care for Mary at the beginning, but I had to admire her passionate attitude toward life and the risks that she took to try to provide for Hannah after the death of their mother, Diane. As I continued diving deeper into the story, I was totally on Mary's side cheering her on and wanting her to succeed in not only finding what her heart desired, but the peace she so much deserved - even if the path to get there was a bit unconventional.
The Sisters Chase is a breathtaking novel encompassing family, loyalty and love and the need to protect it all at any cost. The writing is spot on and the way the plot unfolded was pure ingenious. The characters had such an incredible depth, I couldn't help but build a connection with them. This is one story that will stay with me for quite some time and is well deserving of a five star rating.
This book has on my mind since the moment I read the blurb. I just knew that this story would touch me deeply, and I wasn't wrong about that. The first part of the blurb sums this book up perfectly: "A gripping novel about two sisters who are left homeless by their mother’s death and the lengths the fierce older sister will go to protect her beloved young charge." This book was about family and the strong bond between sisters. Mary is just 18 when her mother dies in a car accident and she is left to care of her four year old sister Hannah. I just knew that their journey wouldn't be easy and that they would have to overcome so many obstacles. Mary sacrificed so much of herself to take care of Hannah, and she did it with no contempt against the most precious person in her life.
I loved their relationship so much, and the author did an incredible job in bringing their story to life. I was pulled in from the start and I just couldn't put the book down. I needed to know how their journey would go and eventually end. I was feeling everything Mary was feeling, when her heart broke, mine broke as well. I was able to fully connect with her and that is one of the reasons why I loved this book so much. There were so many heartbreaking scenes in this book that made it impossible for me to keep my eyes dry. There were also so many beautiful and uplifting scenes that had me smiling. I also loved how the author added a touch of romance to the story, I think that added an extra layer to the story. The Sisters Chase is a story I won't forget for a long time, and it is definitely one of my favorite reads of the year. I do advise you to keep tissues close by because this book will have you on an emotional roller coaster. I still get tears in my eyes when I think of this book, it will take some time for me to recover.
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