Publisher: Wednesday Books
Published: September 4th, 2018
Genres: YA, contemporary fiction,
My Rating: 5 Stars
This book deals with many adult themes and isn’t for everyone. Although I don’t discuss them in this review, there are many a trigger warning attached to this book. I am happy to tell you what you’re in for if you ask.
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.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a bit, I’m sure you’ve caught on to the things that I like: podcast, murder, sad books, murder podcasts. This book was a perfect combination of the things I like.
This book was amazing. I couldn’t get enough of it. There was just enough mystery to keep in guessing. Sadie’s story was heartbreaking and her story throughout the book is tragedy after tragedy. It’s incredibly compelling and although I listened to it, I would call this book a page-turner. I think the Podcast adds a much-needed break from Sadie’s narrative. This book is very heavy, and although the podcast part is just as heavy, sometimes there’s some backtracking what we know from Sadie’s narrative and background information that gives the reader a bit of a reprieve from just how heavy this book can get.
This was the perfect book to listen to in audio format because of the podcast element. I listen to probably a gross amount of true crime podcasts, both long form– like The Girls–and weekly single case podcasts, so I know a good one when I hear it. If The Girls was a real podcast, I would probably listen to it. The Girls had the same feel as the podcast Up and Vanished.
I found the podcast element an interesting way in intergrate today’s culture with a book. I want to make the comparison to the cassette tapes in Thirteen Reasons Why. I remember reading an interview where the author f that book said he chose cassettes because they were already obsolete when he wrote the book– that way the book wouldn’t age too quickly. Some version of a podcast has been around forever. Podcasts are just radio shows only now they’re done by anyone who wants to make them. Welcome to Nightvale is essentially the same thing as the show Orson Welles did War of the Worlds on in 1938. Featuring a podcast could end up aging this book very quickly, but I don’t think podcasts are going away any time soon.
I think for some readers, this book would be incredibly hard to read. It’s heavy. It deals with all kinds of different traumas and it’s very messed up in places. However, I found it the perfect book for someone like me. Somehow can’t get enough of stuff like this. If you like true crime, or crime shows, and can stomach the hard stuff, pick this one up. I think you’ll like it.
Have you read Sadie by Courtney Summers? What did you think?
Until next time, Internet