REVIEW – The Sisters Chase by Sarah Healy

The Sisters Chase

Published June 27, 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

 

I really wasn’t sure what to expect going into this novel. After reading the description, I was very intrigued. I thought I would read a few pages to get a feel for the story-line and ended up reading it all in one sitting.

THE SISTERS CHASE isn’t a long book. At 285 pages it felt like just the right amount.

The story begins in 1977.  A baby girl has just been born. Up until that point it has always been just Diane and her 18-year-old daughter, Mary. Diane knows it will be an adjustment for Mary, having a new baby sister. But money is tight and Diane will need help Mary’s help. She asks Mary what they should name the baby.

“Name her whatever you want”

She tells Mary that her sister is going to need her. Mary seems unaffected. But when Diane almost slips while holding the baby, Mary instinctively reaches out to catch her. Mary doesn’t love easily. But when she does, her loyalty is unwavering and her love absolute. She sees Mary’s face change as she looks at the baby… “Let’s call her Hannah”.  Diane knows the sisters will be fine.

When tragedy strikes. Mary knows she has to stay strong for her sister.

“It’s going to be okay, Bunny. Mary whispered. You’ve got me. You’ve got Mary”

But there is no money left. How will Mary take care of them? But Mary is resourceful in ways many could never imagine. She makes a plan.

Her mother has a rich cousin in Florida that sent a sympathy card with the words If you need anything at all, we’re here for you. You are not alone”. However, Mary knows this cousin and her mother never got along, that these are just empty words. But she decides to make the trip anyway.

Mary and Hannah don’t spend long with Dackard family, they quickly move on after an incident that will have a fall-out for years to come.

Mary is strong and determined and when she makes up her mind, you’d be hard pressed to change it. But what will she do if the past and her lies finally catch up with them?

“Everyone’s gonna know what you are”

Sometimes the decisions you make come back to haunt you when you least expect it. But the secrets Mary holds, the ones she promised to keep – may need to be told. Secrets seem to have a way of coming out, no matter how deep you try to bury them.

I really enjoyed this novel. The plot was intriguing and the characters well-developed. Love her or hate her, Mary is a compelling character, flaws and all. And though I definitely don’t condone many of Mary’s actions, in many ways I had to respect her resourcefulness.

Although the events take place over many years with flashbacks mixed in, the story flows well and was easy to follow. There were some really good twists. Even though I guessed a few of them, it was still interesting reading what happened and how things were revealed.

THE SISTERS CHASE was a fast-paced, suspenseful read with an excellent plot. The story of the Chase sisters. A story of love, loyalty, secrets but also strength. Heartwarming and heartbreaking, this story is unforgettable.

 

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