Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Title: Sadie
Author: Courtney Summers
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery
Source: Wednesday Books

A gripping novel about the depth of a sister's love; poised to be the next book 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.
Review by Nara

Likely to have been inspired by podcasts like Serial, Sadie follows two timelines: one from the point of view of Sadie, a girl who has gone missing from her small country town after her sister has been murdered, and one from the point of view of West McCray, a podcaster and journalist on the hunt to discover what happened to Sadie.

The main draw of Sadie is that the story is incredibly compelling. It is clear that there is more to the story of Mattie being murdered than meets the eye, and that Sadie is on the hunt for the truth. Having the two points of view was quite a smart idea, as you see the true story being unfolded slowly with information being fed to you from different characters.

A novel that definitely captures your attention the whole way through, I would recommend Sadie to those who love mysteries and thrillers.

Really liked it
Overall: 8/10
Plot: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Cover: 2/5