Read this gripping novel about the depth of a sister’s love with an ending 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.
The storytelling is beautiful but the storyline is a beast. Sadie by Courtney Summers broke my heart! This is my first Courtney Summers’ read, and I still can’t let it go.
Sadie is nineteen and pretty much alone in the world. May Beth Foster has been a surrogate grandmother to Sadie and her sister for years, but she is still alone. Mattie, Sadie’s sister was murdered and she knows who did it. She will stop at nothing to get revenge, even if it means losing her life.
The story is told through alternating chapters – the podcast that is taking place about the search to find the missing girls and Sadie’s account of tracking down the man who murdered her sister. West McCray, the producer of the podcast is an awesome character. He hesitates at times because of where the story takes him, but is relentless to find out the truth about the girls.
This book is not for the light at heart. I read a lot of thrillers and realistic fiction, dark stuff that is haunting. This one really got to me. The emotional and powerful writing left me raw and I couldn’t get past Sadie’s loneliness and isolation. This book is a subtle reminder that the true monsters are the humans in our lives.
The structure and the writing will move you through this novel quickly, but I have to say I put it down a few times to read something lighter. Needless to say, I was able to quickly get back into the pacing once I restarted it.
My thoughts are truly torn about this one. I wanted so badly to absolutely LOVE it, but for some reason— it fell short.
The synopsis gave me so much hope. Sadie’s sister is murdered and now Sadie is out to avenge her death. The quote they even used gave me goosebumps:
“I’m going to kill a man. I’m going to steal the light from his eyes. I want to watch it go out. You aren’t supposed to answer violence with more violence but sometimes It think violence is the only answer.”
Come on, that quote alone sounds like a book that is going to leave me with nightmares and often checking over my shoulders while reading, unfortunately for me, that was far from the truth.
I took a couple weeks to write this review hoping I’d gain some perspective and try to pinpoint what didn’t work for me, but the time I gave myself didn’t help in any way. The writing was just so slow and sporadic at times. I truly understand what the author was doing— giving very little in hopes to keep you turning the pages and anticipating what’s going to happen, for me though, it just made me want to put the book down between every “chapter”. I really enjoyed the ending, but I think I was so bored and exhausted throughout the story that I couldn’t appreciated how the author left it.
So this one, for me, was just “meh”. It wasn’t the worst book I’ve ever read, but it definitely let me down. But please read this one for your self. I’ve seen so many amazing reviews so I know that a lot of you will love it.