Sadie by Courtney Summers
Trigger warnings for: sexual abuse, pedophilia, violence, drug abuse, death/murder
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 is just an utterly extraordinary book.
The short chapters and alternating points of view definitely added to the intense, gripping atmosphere, so much that I had to force myself to take breaks from reading.
I loved Sadie so much; she was complex, damaged and morally grey. Female characters in YA are often pigeon-holed as either perfect or completely awful. Sadie defies both of these ideas and I just wanted to reach into the book and protect her. Throughout the book, I was just willing Wes to catch up with Sadie.
Every character in this book is flawed in one way or another, which I loved because it just felt real. They were all allowed to make mistakes and just be human, apart from one person who I won’t name due to spoilers, but I despise them.
Few books have ever made me cry, but Sadie completely broke me. As someone with a younger sibling, I completely understood her desire to protect Mattie and her journey really moved me.
The plot itself is packed full of twists, making it a enthralling and breath-taking thriller.
Also, I really love Courtney Summer’s writing style. She doesn’t shy away from the raw, gritty, dirty side of life and that makes it all the more heart-breaking. Maybe Sadie’s story isn’t real, but how many girls are there like Sadie and Mattie out there? It’s this harsh realisation that just makes Sadie all the more important for me. Five stars.
Sadie is a stunning, thought-provoking book about sisterhood, revenge and the lengths we’ll go to.
Over To You:
Have you read Sadie? What did you think about it?