About The Book
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: September 4th 2018
Number of Pages: 308 pages, Hardcover
Genre: YA Mystery & Thriller
Trigger Warning: paedophilia, loss of a loved one, bullying, assault, sexual assault, murder, death, extreme parental abandonment and neglect, talk of suicide, drug use, and underage drinking.
A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.
Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.
But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.
When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.
Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.
When this book was released I had heard praises to the infinity for this book. All I knew about the book was that it’s about a dead girl and her sister is looking for her killer. I had not read the blurb, just the infamous quote.
Every person should use the audiobook format to read this book. The audiobook was awesome with a full cast. This being said, let’s discuss the book.
Brutal, Intense and Amazing these are the best 3 words to describe this book.
Sadie follows the story of a 19-year old girl, Sadie, on her journey of revenge to find and kill who she believes is her sister’s murder. Summers added a cleaver element in the book by alternating chapters between Sadie’s perspective and transcript of a true crime podcast by a radio producer West McCray.
I love podcasts/tv shows on true crimes hence for me this book had a cherry on top when I found out that the book is half written in the form of a podcast show.
The story starts with a podcast transcript of events that happen before Sadie goes missing and her sister has been brutally murdered. Just like the beginning of the book, nothing else was sugar-coated. Summers wants her readers to know the brutal reality of the book right away.
The story was so raw, dark, emotional all combined. I was completely absorbed in it. It was impossible to put the book down once you’ve passed a certain moment in the novel because much like West voices everyone’s ultimate fear in his podcast if even Sadie is alive.
There were many characters in this book and each one of them well thought and written. Each of them was given a good amount in the book and had a story to tell and a part to play. Drugged mom, Sadie herself, Grandmom ( pseudo ), cliche teenagers from the internet, multiple Psycho guys, the runaway girl.
Sadie was one of the most well-written characters I have read to date. I loved her. She was so complex. With the path she was at, she still cared about all the girls. She was sarcastic, strong, confident. Her disability to stutter added a whole new level to her which was brilliant. We were reminded again and again that she was just a girl and it made me smile each time she said: “I’m dangerous. You shouldn’t underestimate people, I want to call out. I have a knife.”
Final thoughts section is NOT spoiler free !!
This is an incredible book. It keeps you on the edge of your chair and a definite page-turner. The book was all kinds of heartbreaking. Getting to know Sadie was such an amazing thing. I wish I had a way to find out what happens. I need to know this one detail so bad. And you are all going to love this book. It is dark. But it is worth it. And it is a book that I think everyone should read. Summers shows readers a world that many of us miss, drugs, poverty, abuse, it’s all there. The best part is it’s a story of a sister and how far someone will go in the end. I highly recommend this read.
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Until next time,
Happy Reading <3