Chasing the Sun by Natalia Sylvester

Chasing the Sun

Andres suspects his wife has left him—again. Then he learns that the unthinkable has happened: she’s been kidnapped. Too much time and too many secrets have come between Andres and Marabela, but now that she’s gone, he’ll do anything to get her back. Or will he?As Marabela slips farther away, Andres must decide whether they still have something worth fighting for, and exactly what he’ll give up to bring her home. And unfortunately, the ...

Details Chasing the Sun

TitleChasing the Sun
Release DateJun 1st, 2014
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreFiction, Mystery, Thriller

Reviews Chasing the Sun

  • Zoeytron
    I do not need to actively like the characters in a book. Indeed, I am typically happier to be able to grab onto a loathsome heavy to keep my interest in a story. Sorry to say, there was nary a person in this tale that sparked my interest one way or the other. Tepidity - that is shaky ground for me.The plot was okay, there was nothing egregious about the writing, but it felt for all the world that I was just going through the motions to read it. T...
  • Melissa Crytzer Fry
    When I met Natalia Sylvester on Twitter four years ago and first read her blog, my immediate thought was, “This is a writer to watch. Big things are in her future.” Her blog posts, from the start, were poetic and laced with beautiful metaphor. And they still are. (It’s not easy to silently weave metaphor into a piece and have the reader not even know she’s reading it until the very end).So it comes as no surprise that her debut novel, bas...
  • Dana
    Chasing The Sun is the stunning debut novel from Natalia Sylvester that I just couldn't put down. It's books like these that really make me appreciate how lucky I am to be able to participate in the Firstreads program. Being given the chance to win an advance reader copy is always thrilling. For a broke student like me who always plays it safe when purchasing books, the giveaways give me the opportunity to go outside of my comfort zone when picki...
  • Jolina Petersheim
    "He is always thinking of the last words he said to her." I was captivated from this opening line in Natalia Sylvester's stunning literary debut, Chasing The Sun, and remained absorbed in the story of an estranged marriage pushed to the limits when a wife is kidnapped. Her husband must then choose to what extent he is willing to sacrifice in order to get her back . . . a woman who left him before. Clear prose, vivid characters, and keen psycholog...
  • Tessyohnka
    This book leaves me a bit muddled. Marabela and Andres are together because they both deceived Elena. Andres and his children are estranged from his parents because Marabela deceived Rolando. Marabela is unhappy that photography is now just a hobby and not her livelihood because Andres deceived her. Elena and Marabela have both suffered at the hands of kidnappers though it seems Marabella was arbitrarily spared sexual assault. There's a hint of s...
  • Lorrie
    Thank you to Goodreads for providing me the opportunity to receive this free book in their giveaway. I, in turn, read this novel and am providing an honest but simple review.The setting is Peru where police can be often unable to provide help with kidnappings, for whatever reasons. This story required the help of an intermediary, someone who could help with the demands of the kidnappers. I was very interested in this story and did find myself una...
  • Lisa Alber
    This debut novel was a perfect balance between a page-turner and a wonderfully written literary novel. In fact, I'd call CHASING THE SUN a literary thriller!Natalia Sylvester paints a portrait of the Jimenez family in Peru that is so specific and so true that the story becomes universal. We can all connect to poor Andres, struggling to do the right thing; to his kidnapped wife, who has been unhappy for awhile; to his daughter, who doesn’t under...
  • Chaitali Sen
    I started this book when I didn't have a lot of time to sink into it, and finally finished it today in a feverish marathon. This book is so full of quiet suspense and emotional heartbreak. It's about a troubled marriage at its most harrowing moment, during a three-week period when the wife of a businessman in Peru is kidnapped. To me this book is about letting go of sentimentality and facing hard truths about one's life - truths about the self, m...
  • Liz
    I had absolutely no expectations with this book, so I was pleasantly surprised that I finished it in just a few days. I got it as a Kindle First book, a month or two ago , and decided to download it yesterday while I was in between books. It was a fast read and I found it fairly enjoyable. Imagine that your marriage is failing, and then your significant other is kidnapped and held for ransom by political extremists. What would you be willing to p...
  • Pam
    Chasing the Sun by Natalia Sylvester held my interest from beginning to end. It is the story of a marriage. A marriage that was already in trouble, but becomes even more stressed when the wife Marabela is kidnapped. Andres must do what he can to get her back. He hires a professional mediator to help him in getting his wife back home. While, he is struggling to do what he needs to do, he has time to reflect on his life, his children, and his marri...
  • Ily Pastor
    loved it, can't wait for it to come out and then a sequel.
  • Bill Wolfe
    Andres appears to have it all. He owns a successful printing company, lives in a beautiful house in a wealthy neighborhood, and is married to Marabela, a beautiful and strong-willed woman who works as a freelance photojournalist and is a devoted mother to their two children.But appearances can deceive. All is not well in the Lima, Peru home of the Jimenez family. Marabela recently left Andres, only to return after four days for the sake of their ...
  • Diane
    Years ago I read Ann Patchett's haunting novel, Bel Canto, about a group of people kidnapped by terrorists at a party at the home of the vice-president in a South American country. I can vividly recall sitting on my porch mesmerized by the characters and the story.When I heard about Natalia Sylvester's debut novel, Chasing the Sun, which tells the story of an industrialist's wife's kidnapping in Peru, I was curious to read it. Sylvester lived in ...
  • Mary White
    In Natalia Sylvester’s debut novel, Chasing the Sun, the curtain rises on a domestic drama involving Andres and Marabela, an upper-class Peruvian couple. Married for many years, they have grown apart and dispassionate. They sleep separately and spend most of their time in their own pursuits. Marabela shows little interest in Andres’s work at the company he built, preferring to shut herself away in the photography darkroom he has provided her...
  • Terri Buchholz
    I usually read only at night as a distraction to calm my thoughts, as a prelude to sleep. But Chasing the Sun was so intriguing, I had trouble putting it down and now that I've finished the book, I'll miss the anticipation of reading it each night. The plot is an interesting and well developed page turner set against the backdrop of politically turbulent times in Peru. But one of the most fascinating elements to me is how the author, Natalia Sly...
  • Ptreick
    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.3.5 stars. Although I admired many things about this book, including the intriguing setting and the author's development of the main characters at the beginning of the book, I ultimately felt that the story could have been stronger. The switch in narrative POV in the second half of the book was distracting for me, because it didn't seem to fully allow me into the c...
  • Diana
    This is a very interesting book to read, but I enjoyed it. I think there is something real and natural about the misery in this book; the realization that you might have made the wrong choice and married the wrong person... but you still want to try. I found myself rooting for Andres, which was strange for me, because I normally always root for the wife. Marabella is such an unlikable character though, and she never changes throughout the book. I...
  • Susan
    Got this free from Amazon Prime. My goal this year is to read the books I already have in my house. I have several on my iPad and a bunch on my shelf. Andres and Marabela are unhappily married. Then she is kidnapped. The first half of the book focuses on Andres attempt to get her back. The second half focuses on the aftermath. I was never completely engaged. The book was well written. I was just not captivated.
  • Wendy
    The plot sounded intriguing..a Peruvian wife of a prominent businessman is kidnapped for ransom; apparently a common occurrence in Lima. But there were all these subplots, and the story got muddied...I finished it because I wanted to see how it all worked out. A little better character development and some tightening of the story lines would have really made this book a page turner. Instead it kind of limped along.
  • Peter L. Boynton
    A GemA GemA deep probe of love, marriage, guilt, loss, friendship and terror, set in the tumultuous 80's of Lima, Peru, when the Sendero Luminoso was at it's peak.
  • Ashley Royse
    Hard to put down!
  • Julie
    Very good book. Well written.
  • Kac31284
    There was a scene in the center of Natalia Sylvester’s debut novel, Chasing the Sun, which so completely transported me into the story that I didn’t even care that I was sitting in a very crowded Starbucks sniffling with tears in my eyes. The scene involves Andres Jimenez, the novel’s protagonist, having to tell his families’ maids, Consuelo and Carla, that he can no longer afford their services. This moment comes on the heels of series o...
  • Everlee Cotnam
    Reading this book was like traveling to another world in every way- I knew nothing about Peru, or the kidnappings so prevalent there during the time period setting, and my favorite kind of books take me to a place I've never been and show me something I've never seen. Sylvester's flair with language and style of writing also just had the ability to transport me and make me feel like I was in a completely different place and time while I was readi...
  • Becky
    Four months ago, Andres's wife left him. They reunited but things have never been the same. So when Marabela doesn't come home one evening, Andres believes she may have left him once again. Then he receives a call: Marabela has been kidnapped. The people holding her want more money than Andres can possibly put together and have ordered him to tell no one about the incident. Desperate, Andres hires a mediator to help but otherwise follows the inst...
  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    "Chasing the Sun" is a fascinating domestic drama set against a very scary and troubling time in the country of Peru's history. During the mid-1990s, Peru went through a time period where there was a lot of unrest and a lot of kidnappings that were incredibly frightening and truly shook up the entire population. This book looks at the story of Andres, a guy who loves his turbulent and confusing wife, Marabela, and how he copes when Marabela is ki...
  • Claire
    When I picked this book up, the title made me think the characters will most likely get blinded. I hadn't considered how important the sun is to the Peruvian culture. However, it seems that the Sun of the title symbolises the worth of Marabela, the MFC who gets kidnapped, to Andres, the MMC who needs to rescue her (i.e. so much more than absolutely anything else in the world). (Edit to note: the author commented " The title did arise mostly from ...