Sadie by Courtney Summers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A gripping novel about the depth of a sister’s love; poised to be the next book 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.
And it begins, as so many stories do, with a dead girl.
I must warn you that if you have a heart at all…then this book will absolutely slay you. Seriously, like no coming back from it, can’t sleep or eat until you have finished it, even after you have finished it-it is still with you slay you. REMEMBER…You have all been warned.
This book was horrifically heart shattering. The story is told in two different POV’s. Sadie is a nineteen year old whose little sister was murdered. She has a horrible stutter which she feels completely self conscious about. And she is looking for Mattie’s murderer and will literally stop at nothing to find him. The second POV is West McCray. He is a reporter for the podcast “The Girls” and was hired by Sadie’s caregiver to track down Sadie and try to piece together what had happened to Mattie.
I enjoyed the way Ms. Summers set up the book. We have Sadie giving us a background on their family while setting up to leave to find her sister’s killer. And West’s POV told kind of like we are listening to it on a tape being played back to us via an interview style.
In our last episode, I introduced you to the two girls at the center of this podcast, Mattie Southern and Sadie Hunter. Mattie was murdered, her body left just outside her hometown of Cold Creek, Colorado. Sadie is missing, her car found, abandoned, thousands of miles away, with all her personal belongings still inside it. The girls’ surrogate grandmother, May Beth Foster, has enlisted my help in finding Sadie and bringing her home.
For those of you just tuning in, this is a serialized podcast, so if you haven’t listened to our first episode, you should do that now. We have more story than time to tell it – but I suppose that’s true for all of us.
Sadie’s life has been tough. Her Mom is an addict whom comes and goes. Sadie is left to raise her little sister whom she adores. The love that you can feel while reading for her sister is that of a mother and child. Sadie would walk through fire for Mattie and it is really a beautiful relationship. You would think that the book would be completely plot driven but it was absolutely character driven. These characters made the story and we meet a lot more along the way with Sadie’s Travels.
Imagine having to live every day knowing the person who killed your sister is breathing the air she can’t, filling his lungs with it, tasting its sweetness. Imagine him knowing the steady weight of the earth under his feet while her body is buried six feet below it.
The ending left me wanting so much more!I have never read a book like this and it really blew me away. I enjoyed it but it was also so exhausting. I had to get to the end. The writing was beautiful and I was able to capture the entire story. This one left me haunted and actually dreaming about it that night.
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy in exchange of an honest review.