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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  4,949 ratings  ·  654 reviews
“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

The hardscrabble Chase women—Mary, Hannah, and their mother Di
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Elyse Walters
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"The onslaught of the truths would be like relentless waves, knocking and knocking and knocking her down the moment she found her feet to stand back up".

This is a finely crafted novel. It's difficult to put down. Sarah Healy sure knows how to build a page turner. It's haunting-unusual- sad - troubling - compelling - thought- provoking - suspenseful - and just darn good!
It's also highly imaginable. I think it would be a great movie. The characters and story are sure interesting enough. If this
Diane S ☔
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
When their mother dies, Mary is eighteen, her sister Hannah, whom she calls Bunny, is only four, and the two girls are left with virtually nothing. Mary is one determined young lady who will do anything to make sure she is able to take care of Bunny. Their love for each other is a beautiful thing and is what fuels this novel. Takes the reader from the East coast, to Florida and eventually to California and spans the sum of fourteen years. Mary does many things, eventually one that will cost her ...more
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Last book of 2019- got it in just under the wire to hit my goal this year.

I bought this book as part of my BOTM subscription and just never got around to read it. Two sisters who unexpectedly lost their mother have to lean on each other. Mary is 18 and Hannah is 4, so Mary becomes the one to shoulder the burden and raise her little sister. They grew up without knowing who their fathers were and living in a rundown motel in Sandy Bank, NJ. Mary is beautiful and mysterious and uses her looks and
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How far would you go to protect your younger sister? Which secrets would you keep, and what crimes would you commit?

When their mother dies in a car accident, the Chase sisters are left unmoored. With the deed to their sleepy Jersey Shore motel worth less than the paper it’s written on, and no other family to turn to, it falls on 18-year-old Mary to take care of her younger sister Hannah. With no reason to remain at the motel, they embark on a cross-country
Theresa Alan
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully written story of two sisters surviving on the run after the death of their mother.

Eighteen-year-old Mary is gorgeous and survives through hard work that isn’t always legal. She takes care of her four-year-old sister Hannah with fierce loyalty. Their travels take them from the East Coast through the Midwest to California.

The story is told by going back and forth in time from when Hannah was born to different times in Hannah and Mary’s life. In that way it’s a modern histor
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars out of 5

The Sisters Chase by Sarah Healy is a wonderfully enjoyable read. I didn’t want it to end.

When Diane is killed in a car accident early on in the book, she leaves behind two daughters, Mary and much younger Hannah. Finding out that the motel their mother owned owes more in back taxes than it’s worth, Mary has to find a way to keep herself and little sister taken care of. This leads to some interesting goings-on with how to get the money to start a new life and how to survive. But
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgallery-books
4 stars

As often is the case our lives can be broken into times of happiness and times of sadness. For the Chase sisters, there always seemed to be much of the sadness and little of the happiness. Orphaned and destitute when their mother dies, Mary and Hannah Chase leave their bankrupted seaside hotel and travel cross country.

Mary, the older sister, is a free spirit. She is young, beautiful, and determined to keep her sister Hannah safe and close. Mary's ability to survive is well tuned and she
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a pretty good story but it all fell apart for me at the end. Plus, a major pet peeve of mine: Stefan is a critically important character in the story but is never fully written/envelopes character. I was frustrated that he was only present to advance the plot for Mary and Hannah.
**ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**


"The things she did to survive were automatic, reflexive, and once they were done, they were no more than dust in her tracks."

This book has on my mind since the moment I read the blurb. I just knew that this story would touch me deeply, and I wasn't wrong about that. The first part of the blurb sums this book up perfectly: "A gripping novel about two sisters who are left homeless by their mother’s death and the lengths the fierce olde
Lisa-Books Smiles
Jun 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
First, I write reviews that are honest, short, and to the point. I do not feel the need to sit down for an extended period of time to add flowery words and excessive details that in my opinion adds little to a review.

This book had high potential to be an amazing book, yet it quickly turned into an over-all train wreck. I'm completely mind blown as to why people actually rated this book over 2 stars. Open your eyes- this book has several serious and critical issues! I will not list all the issues
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Stories where women are debilitatingly hung up on men just aren’t my thing.
Jul 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
The Sisters Chase is the first book I've read by this author and it may be my last.

I was unsure of how many ratings to give this book.

I wavered between one and two but in order for two stars to make sense, it would mean I liked a part or some parts of the story and sadly, that didn't apply here.

The title of the book is misleading, because its not really about the sisters Chase and their sisterly bond,

The story is painfully more Lifetime than thought provoking, humorous, dark or otherwise or
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
My rating would be 2.5 - which for me equals "a bit over OK". This book gets pretty good ratings so it is me not the book :-). The story line was alright but I just could not like the older of the sisters, Mary. Not liking characters does not usually affect my rating for a book but here it did. She just seemed so unrealistic and unsympathetic, yuck. I did like the ending though so I brought my rating up from a 2. Movin on! ...more
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was not my tea or jam or bread. It started with a flash forward chapter (I dislike these in general) which spoiled the book in a big way for me. And most of it just felt like a melodrama. But I didn't actively hate it, reading it was a chore but not a vile one. ...more
✰ Alexandra ✰
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
June 23: I stayed up until 2:30 to finish this sucker, so you could say I loved it. Review to come!!

I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to both Netgalley and Sarah Healy for this opportunity.

This book was hard hitting because of its material, but one trigger I thought I would mention is mental illness and all around difficult situations/horrible people. This is not one for those seeking good and respectable characters.

You know that feeling when you rea
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
I guess I'm in the minority here... I didn't feel like this story flowed well at all. It took me much longer to read than anticipated. Hoping my next book of the month is a more enticing pick. ...more
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars - this was really good! I had so many "didn't see that coming" moments. Really well written and engaging book. ...more
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The Sister's Chase is a beautifully written, absorbing novel about family, friendship and loyalty in c.1980’s America. Sisters Mary and Hannah have lost their mum in a car accident and there starts a lift of responsibility for Mary in looking after young Hannah whilst making her own mistakes in life. She is, after all, only a young adult herself, but she has so much responsibility on her shoulders.

Mary is what I’d imagine to be a ‘marmite’ character -
Robert Blumenthal
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a lovely and heartbreaking novel, but in a really good way. It is hard to talk about this book without giving up some important spoilers. Let it be said that there is a twist in the plot about halfway through that forces you to reexamine how you view the relationships in the story. I actually figured it out before then, but still wasn't 100% sure until later in the book.

Mary is an exceptionally beautiful and somewhat wild 14-year-old girl when her sister Hannah is born. She becomes like
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: botm
I loved it from beginning to the end, one of the best book I've read recently. I didn't want to put it down, I could've read it in one sitting if I could and I resented every moment I had to stop reading to attend real life. ...more
Jana Tomczak
Jun 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
A shallow, God-awful Lifetime movie filled with bad grammar, terrible cliches and zero character development.
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May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Sisters Chase is an instant bestseller! Yes, you heard it here first. I read and finished this book in a matter of a few short hours. What makes this book such an incredible read? Well, it was Mary and Hannah (Bunny). There story felt so real. I could picture every location they traveled to as well as the people they met. To call them characters would be a disservice. Mary and Hannah were full of life.

The love between the sisters is one that only sisters can share. Mary being much older the
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This may be my favorite book of 2017...WOW
Kate Olson
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some books grab me right away and won't let go, and this one certainly was that kind of book for me. I love books like this that are quietly suspenseful without being shocking and books with characters I just get right away. I connected instantly with Mary and her life of growing up way too early and having to do anything, ANYTHING, to keep her sister safe, fed and secure. While things she did were shocking, I understand her motivation completely. A tale of family, tragedy, and doing the absolut ...more
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
85% | B

You should read this book if you're into:
Contemporary fiction, family secrets, the bond between sisters, well developed characters, books you can finish in a day
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
3-3.5 stars
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I loved this book. I had to review it. I wanted to give it five stars, even more! The first act was achingly beautiful. Hunting and seducing. Absolutely different and though provoking. And then I wanted to give it tree stars, because act two happened, so I settled on four. Nice compromise. Compromising is something this book refuse to do and to an extent that is part of its charm. It’s also its tragedy.

First of all, Mary. Mary is such a refreshing protagonist, she is hi
Sharon Siepel
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Engrossing read impossible to put down.14 year-old Mary, the wild child of Diane's youth isn't ready for Hannah, her sister, to join of their family. Diane can barely support them as it is. Mary's love and devotion to Hannah is truly tested when Diane dies, leaving 18 year old Mary in charge. The tension in the book revolves around Mary's wanderlust, passionate personality and her obligation to Hannah. How these two females survive and the people their lives touch along the way drive the story f ...more
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
I had mixed feelings about this one. I was certainly drawn in to the story of Mary and Hannah and I loved the author’s descriptions of their journeys up and down the coast and then onward to the famous Hotel California. My heart broke for Mary once everything came full circle at the end of the book and the reckless choices that she made throughout their journey made more sense once all was explained. And yet, I closed the book a bit unsatisfied. I don’t know if it was due to the lack of anyone e ...more
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