Author: Courtney Summers
No. of pages: Hardback; 320
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller, Fiction
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: September 4, 2018
Date Read: August 7, 2018
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.
Thanks to Wednesday Books for sending me a review copy!
At the beginning of this book, I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to go. The way the story and the setting were fleshed out made me nervous that this was going to be a book that I didn’t like. But then the story truly starts, the plot truly thickens, and Sadie’s story makes it one worth continuing to read.
Sadie follows the story of a girl, Sadie, whose sister is found dead. Sadie believes she knows who the killer is, doesn’t tell anyone, and goes missing to seek revenge for her sister’s death. What’s interesting about this book is that we get to see Sadie’s view in the moment. Her point of view is everything that happens from the time of her sister’s death. But we also get another view by the way of podcast through West McCray trying to find the story by way of interviewing those who knew her and those that met her along the way.
Sadie was such an innovative book. I haven’t read a book before where we not only get the central characters perspective and see their story unfold but then also be able to see what was left in the wake scattered throughout. The book essentially is a back and forth shot of Sadie and the podcast. The podcast helps to see multiple views of the same story, it fills in the blanks of things that were beyond Sadie’s control, and we learn so much more than just Sadie’s view could ever tell. It brought a deeper depth to the story. The one thing I loved about this is that MacMillan has released an actual podcast that leading up to the release, is actually releasing the podcast included in the book. In a way, it brings Sadie’s story even closer to life.
One of the things about this book that really interested me from the start was the reality of the book. Yes, the book and Sadie’s story is fiction. The characters are fiction. The storyline is fiction. Everything in the story is fiction, but the premise of this story, the murder, the hidden secret that Sadie keeps hidden until it’s revealed, it could happen. It does happen. As a thriller, it keeps you on the edge because you want Sadie to find the one who killed Mattie, but at the same time, you don’t want Sadie to succeed because you want to protect her even though she’s clearly beating herself up over not being able to protect Mattie. This book really makes you think about what you would do in Sadie’s situation or what you would do if you were one of the ones that Sadie left behind.
I ended up really enjoying this book. Yes, I cried and no, I don’t regret it. Sadie’s story left such a big impression on me. I can’t wait for y’all to get your hand on this book. It releases on September 4, 2018.