Title ~ Sadie
Author ~ Courtney Summers
My Rating ~ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre ~ Suspense Thriller/Mystery
Publication 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.
First Thoughts ✨
When first starting Sadie on audio, I had no idea what to expect. All I knew was that this was supposed to be an amazing, full-cast audiobook. I didn’t know of the story, or it’s genre – but it was a short book, and I knew I would listen to it in a day or two, so, I picked it up. Sadie started a little bit slowly for me, as I imagine thrillers do, we were just getting introduced into what has happened in the story and that Sadie (the main-lead) has disappeared, after the death of her sister. I loved that this book was written in dual-perspective. We were basically reading the same thing from another perspective (The podcast one), but it was written so well, and so enticing it was incredibly interesting reading West McCray trying to figure out where Sadie is. It was also infuriating at points, as all I wanted to do was be like – Sadie is there, just go there – as you could feel the desperation in West’s inner-monlougue.
Overall: A bit of a slow start, but I love the dual perspective.
The story and plot elements of this book were fantastic. This was a story and character driven story, which I find really rare, – as it’s normally either one, or the other – and when it’s done well (which it was in this book) I become elated. The premise of this book is Sadie trying to avenge her sister, she knows who the killer is and now, she must find them. The way Sadie travelled through this story was so interesting and incredibly immersive. It felt like you were there, with her. Likewise, with West. It felt like you were with him discovering clues, you all ready knew about. This book has the best story, I’ve read so far, this year.
Overall: This was both a character and plot driven novel. Best story I’ve read this year.
Sadie: This book’s name-sake, was such a fantastically written and complex character. She was so clearly damaged by the world, and the people in it. She was broken from her sisters death, and all she wants is vengeance. I really enjoyed that Sadie had a stutter, because it added a sense of reality to her and it was great representation of a community that I don’t think gets represented enough. Sadie definitely wasn’t a warm, nice nor kind character but you felt so much for her. She was just so in need of a hug and I really felt the story through her – you embodied her, during those chapters that she was leading.
Overall: Sadie is a broken character, who’s written fantastically and shows great representation.
West: I don’t really have a concise thought process of West – I felt like West was a fundamental part of this novel – but I just felt like he was the guy telling you what was happening. He very much felt like, what he intended to be, which was a podcast host. You feel for the story the host is telling, not the host itself, if you know what I mean. He was a great addition to the story, and I know this book wouldn’t be the same, without him and his chapters illustrating the people in Sadie’s life, but I just don’t have an opinion on him as a character.
Overall: He was just what he intended to be, a host of a podcast, so I didn’t feel like anything towards him, except the feeling of I need to help you, but I can’t.
Last Thoughts 💭
The end of this book was the suspense part of suspense thriller – there was so much happening and I was so worried for Sadie, and I really hoped she would be ok. She had went through so much that I just wanted a happy ending and did I get that? Well, you’ll have to read to find out. Trigger warnings in his book include: Child Abuse, Drug Misuse & Rape.
Overall: great ending, but I need a second book.
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
i hope you guys enjoyed my review of Sadie – i really enjoyed this novel, and it’s definitely a favourite of the year! thanks for reading, and i’m sorry for my posts being so sparatic, i’m working on a schedule currently! – nick