Book Review: Sadie by Courtney Summers

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Title: Sadie

Author: Courtney Summers

Format: Hardcover

Publication Date: September 4, 2018

Number of Pages: 308

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Genre: Contemporary Thriller

Synopsis:

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.

Personal Thoughts:

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

In this contemporary thriller we follow the story of Sadie Hunter, a girl who has had a rough life ever since she can remember. Throughout the book, it was established that Sadie didn’t have the chance to experience being a kid and was almost immediately forced to become an adult for her and her sister. Regardless, she loved her little sister more than anything in the world and when she was found dead, Sadie wanted nothing but to find her killer. Thus, her journey to uncovering the truth and making her sister’s killer pay for what they did.

Told through podcasts and Sadie’s POV, this book is beautifully written. There were parts of this book that I found quite hard to read because I know that it has been happening in real life and I just wanted to cry from all that pain — for all the missing girls. Sadie is both compelling and harrowing in a way that I just couldn’t get enough of it despite the painful chapters. The ending really made me sad, yet it ended in a very powerful way.

If you’re interested in reading this book, please research on the content warnings first. Overall, I highly recommend this book and I will surely read more of this author’s works.

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