Sadie by Courtney Summers
320 pages | Published September 4th, 2018
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
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 meagre 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.
Trigger warnings: pedophilia, sexual abuse, violence, drug and alcohol abuse
In Sadie, we follow Sadie as she hits the road in search of her sister’s killer. However, most of the narrative follows West McCray as he investigates Sadie’s departure and tries to find her – alive, he hopes. He starts a podcast in which he interviews everyone that could have been in contact with her, from family members to complete strangers in distant towns.
Let me start off by saying I flew through this book. It must have taken me just about six hours or so to get through it, it’s very addicting. One of the things that makes this a compulsive and addicting read is the format. As I previously mentioned, parts of the book are told from Sadie’s perspective, but the others are a script of the different episodes in West’s podcast. Therefore, I think this book will work perfectly as an audiobook, considering the podcast element. I think it would also work really well as a movie (or even a mini-series) and I hope it is adapted some day. You can actually listen to the podcast for free by going on the publisher’s website – enjoy! 😉
There is stuttering rep in this book, which I have yet to come across in any novel so far. Props to the author for that! I’m sure a lot of readers out there will appreciate that.
Sadie is such a pure soul, but she’s been through so much, has suffered so much that she just shuts down everything around her and pretends that she doesn’t care, that she is dangerous. It’s heartbreaking. And there are constant depictions of poverty and degrading scenarios, such as drug addiction. This book is just filled with pain and suffering, my heart ached for these characters the whole time 💔
One of my favorite parts of this book was the eerie atmosphere. I was so creeped out by the stuff I was reading, and it gave me a feeling that made it seem like it was autumn already – it definitely helped that it was chilly and raining as I was reading Sadie, it complemented the book perfectly 👌🏼
My only issue with Sadie (and the reason I won’t give it 5 stars) is the ending. I do not enjoy open endings, especially abrupt ones, and I felt as though that’s what we get in Sadie. I would have liked to actually find out what happened and not be left to guess it… Still, it’s an amazing read that I enjoyed even more than I expected! 🙌🏼
Overall, SADIE is a gripping, heart-wrenching and pain-filled read that you won’t be able to put down. Finally a good YA mystery novel!
You can find an excerpt down below ⇣
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