The Sisters Chase by Sarah Healy
“Mary had always understood her duality, which began at the moment of her conception. Her mother was young and unwed. Her father was a phantom or a devil, or some earthly incarnation of the two. She came into a place and a time where her existence was scandalous, but her beauty was revered. Mary was lovely and terrible. Mary was a blessing and a tragedy. Mary was capable of great love, but only toward a very few.” I had mixed feelings about The Sisters Chase. 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 unsatisfied. I don’t know if it was due to the lack of anyone ever addressing Mary’s mental health or to the feeling that the ending was a bit rushed and I wanted more closure and explanation with Hannah’s situation or if it was the fact that I was expecting more of a mysterious plot. Still, I thought it was an extremely solid, heartbreaking debut. 3.5 heartbreaking stars.