The Sisters Chase by Sarah Healy

The Sisters Chase

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Released: June 27th 2017
Received: Own
Rating: 3.5

 

The Sisters Chase is a fun play on words, as the story is about the Chase sisters living on the road and on the run after their mother’s sudden death. It’s a deeply emotional telling about the lengths Mary will go to in order to keep her little sister Hannah comfortable and safe (and most importantly, to Mary at least, with her). Their story is one that makes you question right versus wrong, the truth versus a lie. Everything is so blended together it’s hard to clearly define what is what.

 

Spoiler Warning

The Chase sisters seem to get more than their fair share of bad luck, orphaned at a young age (Mary at eighteen and Hannah at four) they’re left destitute with very few options to choose from. They end up on the road for several years, hopping from campsite to hotel and back again. She tells Hannah wild stories to keep the travels interesting and fun (as opposed to scary and depressing).

It’s pretty clear right from the start that Mary will do just about anything for Hannah’s sake. This includes resorting to less than legal actions (such as blackmail). Her loyalty is fierce and unwavering, at, once earned that is. Mary doesn’t seem to like too many other people, and appears at her most content when it’s just her and Hannah. Their love of water and beaches is truly iconic, and something I think will be remembered anytime I think of the book.

I actually had to take a few days between finishing the novel and writing the review – it was difficult finding the right words to say. Clearly Healy wants the reader to form an opinion of Mary, and let that opinion set the tone of the novel. There are twists and turns that occur in the novel, where the reader’s opinion of Mary will color Mary’s actions (Were they right? Were they wrong?). I think many of the events that occur are ambiguous enough to reaffirm the reader’s opinion, regardless of what they actually feel about Mary. I can’t quite say I’ve ever read a book that handled that so subtly and carefully. Knowing that, I don’t want to say anything to influence anybody’s opinions. Reading the Sisters Chase was an experience, and while I didn’t end up loving it, I truly do not want to deprive anyone else of that.

 

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About Liz

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try and artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. The facts: My favorite color is constantly changing, so don’t worry about trying to keep up with that! I’m in my 20’s, married, and looking to find the perfect job for me (ideally something that can involve my creativity or my love of animals). I have 6 cats (If we’re being technical, I have 2 cats and my parents have 4), a bearded dragon, a parakeet, and two betas. I adore all of them, and they frequently are my photography models. My blog will primarily be consisting of my 365 (366) photography project, updated daily (hopefully). I’m also working on a 52 weeks project, where I try a new type of photography style or technique each week. That will be updated as the photos are processed.
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