Author: Courtney Summers
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: September 4, 2018
Page Count: 320
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Read this gripping novel about the depth of a sister’s love with an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.
A missing girl on a journey of revenge and a Serial—like podcast following the clues she’s left behind.
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.
Sadie by Courtney Summers is a young adult mystery that is done in a bit of a different format than normal. The story is told by alternating between a podcast and then chapters told from Sadie’s point of view.
Sadie is a teen that hasn’t had the best of lives. With an addict mother and no idea who her father is Sadie has raised herself and her younger sister Mattie. Sadie was only a child herself when Mattie was born but she did everything she could to make her sister’s life better than her own.
The girls mother left the two on their own and Sadie tried the best she could but Mattie one day took off and that was the last Sadie saw of her. When Mattie was found dead it rocked Sadie’s world and shortly after she took off herself. Hearing about the girls West McCray starts up a podcast hoping to find the truth to their story.
I’m not one that listens to podcasts so it did take me a minute to get used to the style of this book but once it got going of course the story was one that was quite compelling. Sadie is a character that is functioning on the mentality that she has nothing left to lose after her sister was murdered so it’s safe to say following her kept me on edge wondering how far she would go. This darker trip Sadie took is also one that you can’t help but feel for her as she’s only a girl herself and she have been just being a kid so prepare for an emotional ride with this one.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
COURTNEY SUMMERS lives and writes in Canada. She is the author of What Goes Around, This is Not a Test, Fall for Anything, Some Girls Are, Cracked Up to Be, Please Remain Calm, and All the Rage.