Review: The Sisters Chase by Sarah Healy

Print Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (June 27, 2018)

From 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 “Bunny,” 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.


My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

This is one of those stories that has characters that are so well developed, and a story-line that is so engaging that to say anything negative about it feels like nitpicking. Unfortunately, my job as a reviewer is to provide my honest feedback on the novels I read so that others may make an informed decision on whether or not they wish to read a specific novel. 

I very much enjoyed this novel, the brutal honesty of having to sink to levels you never thought you would in order to protect someone you care about was hard to read at times, but it dealt with difficult topics and situations head on. I do think the part that I am assuming was supposed to be "the big twist" could have been done in a different way. I had it figured out well before the halfway point of the story which was rather disappointing. I also wish that there would have been a scene of true confrontation with certain details that we didn't get. Sure, we got closure after the fact, but I would have liked to have seen the characters reactions and interactions while it was still a matter of importance.  

Overall, I am sure this story may still appeal to those who enjoy a bit more angst with their stories. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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