Author: Courtney Summers
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Source: Boston Public Library
Release Date: September 4th, 2018
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.
This was a hard book for me to read.
I don’t usually go for books that deal with such dark, realistic subject matter. I knew going into this book that it wasn’t going to be a happy one, and I think that made it easier to handle. If you are looking for any amount of fluff or any kind of happy ending, look elsewhere. But if you are in the mood for a gut-wrenching, page-turning, heart-pounding realistic thriller, Sadie is the book you need.
“How do you forgive the people who are supposed to protect you?”
Half of the story is told through Sadie’s perspective while the other half is the transcript of a radio show in which West McCray follows Sadie’s footsteps in order to solve the mystery of her disappearance. Through Sadie, we are shown a depressing and all-too-real portrait of the American lower-class while also experiencing the determination and unflinching voice of the main character as she hunts her sister’s killer. I won’t go into too much detail, but I will say that the message in this story is incredibly important and Summers’ writing is phenomenal.
“People don’t change. They just get better at hiding who they really are.”
I’m so glad I gave this book a try. It’s the kind of story that packs an emotional punch that you will still feel long after you have finished it.
Trigger warnings: child abuse, sexual abuse, substance abuse, parental neglect, violence
On the subject of podcasts, I’ve recently attempted to start listening to them and have found a few that I really enjoy!
Welcome to Night Vale – A weird, funny, and frightening podcast that I’m kind of geeking over. Night Vale is a fictional small desert town where weird and horrific things happen. Each episode is in the style of community radio updates for the town (local weather, news, etc.) told as if the strange occurrences are completely mundane.
Lore – Listen to the darker side of history in this true horror podcast. Whenever I listen to this, I feel like I’m sitting by a campfire!
Let’s Talk About Myth’s, Baby! – Mythology has always been incredibly fascinating to me, and this podcast covers many stories in Greek and Roman mythology.