Author: Courtney Summers
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery/Thrillers, Mental Health
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication date: September 4th, 2018
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.
CW: pedophilia, sexual abuse, rape, drug addiction.
“It’s a story about family, about sisters, and the untold lives lived in small-town America. It’s about the lengths we go to protect the ones we love… and the high price we pay when we can’t. And it begins, as so many stories do, with a dead girl.”
I didn’t think it would be possible for a heart to break so many times, but I guess there’s a first time for everything, because I feel after finishing Sadie that my heart has gone though fire and hell. This book was one of my most anticipated releases of this year, and I can say now it’s one of the best books I’ve read in 2018 (and I read a lot!). It was dark, and twisted, and so sad and heartbreaking, but it was beautifully done that it’s blown my mind.
My expectations before picking up Sadie were super high, and since I really enjoyed her other book All the Rage, I expected it to be quite dark and talk about some taboos, and I was not wrong. I honestly have no words to describe it, expect that it was such an important read and I highly recommend it to everyone who’s mildly interested in it.
Sadie was one of the best main characters I’ve read in a while. She’s flawed and realistic, and throughout the story I found it was so easy to empathize and connect with her. As you keep reading the story you could clearly see how much she loved and cared about her little sister, till the point where there were times I heard my heart breaking because it was just so sad and pure the relationship she had with her. Her character arc was so well crafted, and she was so complex and had a lot of layers that I can only say I’m so glad I read from her point of view.
“I close my eyes and I let the music own me, turning myself into the idea of a girl, or an idea of an idea—a Manic Pixie Dream, I guess, the kind everyone says they’re tired of but I don’t know they really mean it. The girl nobody ends up loving long or loving well, but nobody wants to give up either.”
Of course this story dealt with so many heavy topics, so be aware of the content and the trigger warnings before picking up this book, because they are there. I don’t know guys, the plot was so well written, and Courtney Summer’s writing has improved so much, and I feel it fitted so well with the voice of the story.
Even though the pacing of the story was more on the slower side, I was so engrossed with the whole plot and the characters, and the whole mystery that I didn’t get bored or find myself not enjoying the book. I think it was that slow for a reason, but in the ending it became so much faster and as the revelations were done I couldn’t put it down.
I wouldn’t say though, that it’s a hardcore mystery, because even though at the beginning we pretty much didn’t know what was going on, we soon find out some revelations that made us know more about the characters and why Sadie had disappear and now they’re investigating her missing. But it’s true that there were some twists that kept me on the edge of my seat and wasn’t expecting, and let me tell you I wasn’t as torn with an ending ever since The Female of the Species, so that’s saying something.
Overall, it was such a well written story that dealt with lots of issues and the characters were amazing. I cannot stop recommending it because even though it was quite a dark novel, it was so worth the read.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This doesn’t change my opinion whatsoever. All thoughts are my own.
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