by Courtney Summers
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.
‘Sadie’ was a story that was so far from my comfort zone that I genuinely wasn’t sure I was going to read it. But I heard so many good things about it that I was ready to pick it up.
I’m so glad that I did. This book is an amazing exploration of determination, family wanting to protect family and being a survivor. ‘Sadie’ definitely comes with a trigger warning.
I did find portions of the story difficult to read, but I think it was also quite an eye opener and one that definitely drew a lot of emotion from me as the reader.
Sadie is a seriously strong character. She is in pursuit of justice for her little sister Mattie who has been murdered. She is determined to find the person she believes murdered her sister. She is stoic and goes to the complete extreme to stop people that need to be stopped. She is to me the epitome of strength.
Having the story told through both Sadie’s perspective and the perspective of a crime podcast following in her footsteps I found very interesting and important to the story. It really gave the reader the whole story as the podcasters followed Sadie and spoke to her family and the people she interacts with a couple of steps behind. It really gave the story great depth.
‘Sadie’ by Courtney Summers was a book that examined things that are important to be spoken about in todays society. I felt this story deeply and it is definitely one that will stick with me for a long time. I listened to the audiobook which I would recommend to anyone wanting to read and completed it in three days. It left me wanting to know the next piece of the puzzle the whole time.
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 7.5/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10