The sisters chase

Sarah Healy, 1977-

Book - 2017

Rendered homeless by her mother's accidental death, 18-year-old Mary Chase takes her younger sister across the country in search of a better life that is further complicated by painful secrets.

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Genres
Domestic fiction
Bildungsromans
Suspense fiction
Published
Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2017.
Language
English
Physical Description
285 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780544960077
0544960076
Main Author
Sarah Healy, 1977- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* The bond between sisters is tested in Healy's (House of Wonder, 2014) gripping and beautifully written new novel. Full of twists and turns, the story begins with the birth of Hannah Chase and follows the course of her childhood through the eyes of older sister Mary. An intriguing and complicated soul, Mary is bold, deceiving, courageous, protective, and constantly using her extreme beauty as a weapon. But Mary's lies are unsettling, pushing all but a few away and forcing the girls into a life on the road. Eventually, this deceitfulness comes back to haunt Mary, and she can no longer hide the truth from Hannah or herself any longer. The Sisters Chase remains with the reader long after the last page, for Healy's writing effortlessly brings to life not only the intricacies of Mary's troubled mind but also the vastness of the girls' nomadic life from coast to coast. In this outstanding balancing act of mystery and love story, lies and truth become hard to unravel as the reader is drawn right to the center of an extraordinary relationship. A truly entrancing and relentless tale of love, betrayal, and sisterhood. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In Healy's captivating family saga with a tinge of mystery set mostly in the 1980s, Diane Chase and her 18-year-old daughter, Mary, struggle to run the Water's Edge Motel in the seaside town of Sandy Bank, N.J. When Diane dies in a tragic car accident, Mary learns that the motel isn't worth the back taxes they owe. So Mary packs up her much younger sister, Hannah, and they take up a nomadic lifestyle that teaches Mary exactly what she's capable of—namely, whatever it takes to provide for and protect Hannah. The sisters eventually settle for a while in Northton, R.I., where Mary reconnects with an old flame. Mary and Hannah are happy for a time, but the past soon catches up with them. Mary is an unforgettable protagonist—a fierce and unstoppable force of nature caught in a storm of her own making. Healy (House of Wonder) delivers a heartbreaking story of love, loyalty, and secrets that can never truly be outrun. Agent: Stephanie Rostan, Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. (June) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"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. The hardscrabble Chase women--Mary, Hannah, and their mother Diane--have been eking outa 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 Chaseis a whirlwind page-turner about the extreme lengths one family will go to find--and hold onto--love"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Left homeless after her mother's death, eighteen-year-old Mary Chase takes her younger sister, Hannah, across the country in search of a better life, but Mary's efforts to protect Hannah and herself are complicated by painful secrets.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Rendered homeless by her mother's accidental death, 18-year-old Mary takes her younger sister across the country in search of a better life that is further complicated by painful secrets. By the author of Can I Get an Amen? 35,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

'thoroughly surprising'The Sisters Chase is that rare thing, a slow burner that conceals its cunning and sneaks up on you unawares.''New York Times  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

Review by Publisher Summary 5

“Thoroughly surprising…The Sisters Chase is that rare thing, a slow burner that conceals its cunning and sneaks up on you unawares.”—New York Times  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 chargeThe 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.

Review by Publisher Summary 6

“Thoroughly surprising…The Sisters Chase is that rare thing, a slow burner that conceals its cunning and sneaks up on you unawares.”—New York Times  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

Review by Publisher Summary 7

'thoroughly surprising'The Sisters Chase is that rare thing, a slow burner that conceals its cunning and sneaks up on you unawares.''New York Times  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 chargeThe 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.