Sadie 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.
I’m going to keep this short since Sadie has been out for awhile now and there are tons of reviews. Also, I feel like I could ruin it for those who didn’t read it yet.
Sadie’s sister was murdered and now Sadie is missing. She’s really not though. She left on her own, positive on who killed her sister. And she plans on killing him. The book is told by Sadie and also a podcast. We go back in time quite a bit to everything that led up to these moments. Sadie’s mom isn’t around and she took over as “mom” for her younger sister. She was like her mom already anyways. When Mattie is killed, Sadie blames herself. The ending was pretty much implied, but never said outright. I found the book hard to put down, but it was also tough to read at times. Lots of trigger warnings for Sadie.
I gave Sadie 4 1/2 stars, rounded up to 5 on Goodreads.
Warnings for addiction, child abuse and neglect (sexual abuse), missing girls, poverty, absent parents, blood. I’m sure I’m forgetting some. The book is very much about dealing with abuse and neglect.
Have you read Sadie yet? Is it on your TBR?