Results May Vary hits you with a gut punch right off the bat. Caroline, a modern art museum coordinator, learns that her husband has cheated on her. The novel follows her process of dealing with surprise after surprise as she learns that she didn't know her husband as well as she thought she did.
You don't expect a roller coaster ride in what is essentially women's fiction, but it seemed like every time the story hit a lull, Chase would hit us with another twist or revelation. These weren't crazy departures from the story, but were believable and surprising at the same time.
Caroline has a very classic, 50's inspired, feminine style: she never wears pants if she can wear a skirt. A typical Caroline work outfit would be a silk button down tucked into a full, knee-length skirt, finished off with a beautiful belt and a pair of round-toed pumps. And one of the things that helps her get through the long New England winters is the sweaters: she's never met a cable knit, Fair Isle or intarsia that she didn't love.
It would be easy for a novel involving the aftermath of infidelity to turn into a navel gazing, depressing, wallowing sort of story, but that doesn't happen here. Caroline is smart, sassy, and determined to make the best decisions for herself. While the art metaphors were a bit heavy handed at times, more often than not they added texture to the story.
Results May Vary went on sale on 8/9, so go grab a copy!