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Reviews hinted at hidden depths to "The Sisters Chase," and indeed the revelations start early and never stop. It's well written (and superbly read) and it does peel away layer after layer. The nonlinear storytelling works well. Sadly, though, the last third of the book runs out of engaging plot developments and just sort of meanders on and on to the end without interesting new involvements to challenge the characters. And the poetic and abrupt ending ... whaaaaaaaaa??? Very disappointing. Had I been her editor, I would have ask for a rewrite from about two thirds on. Two of the most interesting characters disappear and should have been given more than a coda. Still worth reading for the first two thirds, but you might want to increase Audible speed to plow through to the inexplicable climax.
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What would have made The Sisters Chase better?
An editor, character development, better dialog, better pacing, better writing overall.
What do you think your next listen will be?
Every Last Lie, by Mary Kubica
What does Rebecca Gibel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
She did a decent job with poor material.
What character would you cut from The Sisters Chase?
I would cut the boyfriend in CA, he was a poorly developed plot device. His presence is necessary to the story, which is another reason why this book is so bad.
Any additional comments?
Did this book have an editor??? I am amazed I made it through this book. The structure is terrible, going from details about trivial things, to rambling on and on about unimportant elements. There are full scenes that have nothing to do with the story at all. The very few times my interest was peaked, it was followed by drivel. This story moved in an almost stuttered pattern, picking up a tiny bit of steam, then grinding into drudgery. Mary and Hannah were never fully developed, and Hannah basically played the role of a prop, serving only to be the reason for Mary's reckless and unpredictable behavior. Unfortunately, even having Hannah in the prop role, the emotions and flaws behind Mary's decisions were never fleshed out. The statement, "Mary (and several others) let her head drop to the side" before speaking, was over-used and one of the scarce humanizing descriptions. Also, the obsession with the characters' breath was annoying and over-used. And the dialog? Ugh, it was absolutely terrible. The author needs to find another way to say "he said" and "she said". This was a poorly written, poorly paced book filled with a ton of nonsense and unimportant events.
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