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.
First off I listened to the audiobook for this and while this isn’t something I often mention when I have done so, this case is different.* The audiobook takes this book to the next level with a full cast of talented voice actors everything is 1000% better.
Sadie alternates between chapters of a podcast being done about Mattie and Sadie’s case and the past events from Sadie’s perspective. This was such a fascinating and thrilling read, with twists and turns in it I did not expect. The tone of the two chapter types was a good break for each other and added such a rich depth to the whole story.
This was a lot darker than I expected and only got darker. Gaps in Sadie’s perspective were left open to only be closed later by the podcast. I found myself at times shouting at the podcast sections trying to tell them the information that they needed.
Then the ending happened. and LITERALLY WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK! Courtney dearest, how can you do this to me?!?! I meant that all in the most amazing way ever. I can see why everyone in the bookish community keep going on about this book.
I give Sadie 5 out of 5 stars
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* Another small factor in preferring the audiobook, in this case, is the texture of the paperback is soo gritty and offputting I’m glad I didn’t have to physically hold it in my hands continually. I know… I’m weird!