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The Sisters Chase

The Sisters Chase
Sarah Healy
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Adults, Older Teens

From Goodreads:
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.

As I was reading The Sisters Chase, I was thinking about how unique it was. It wasn’t a teen book, a mystery or a romance. I wasn’t sure how I would categorize it other than “fiction,” but usually fiction fits into some kind of sub-genre. Not this one!

Healy didn’t delve into the characters or why they did what they did too much. She simply reported the characters’ actions through her excellent writing skills. It was up to the reader to decide why they acted the way they did. Personally, I think that Mary was a sociopath or something. She did whatever she needed to in order to get what she wanted with no remorse, regret or concern about how her actions affected other people. The only time she seemed affected by anything was when she decided to leave for a new place to live. Whenever I read about Hannah, affectionally referred to as “Bunny” by Mary, I just wanted her to have a steadier life with less moving and more structure. Reading about the tie between Mary and Hannah was sweet, however.

Throughout the book, there were a few “twists.” They seemed more like character secrets rather than twists, really, but they really helped move the plot along. I saw some of them coming, but not in a bad way. Finally, I enjoyed the ending, which was a bit sad, but gave the reader closure on everything that happened.