Book Review: Sadie by Courtney Summers

Published in Paperback in 2019 by St Martin’s Press

Genre: Young Adult Thriller

Page Count: 308

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Pan Macmillan Australia:

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.

My Review:

Copy of Sadie provided by Pan Macmillan Australia in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.

Let me begin with a quote:

I never got to meet Sadie Hunter, but I feel in some small though significant way, I’ve gotten to know her. Twenty years ago, she was born and placed in her mother’s arms, and six years after that her sister Mattie was placed in hers, and her whole world came alive.

In Mattie, Sadie found a sense of purpose, a place to put her love. But love is complicated, its messy. It can inspire selflessness, selfishness, our greatest accomplishments and our hardest mistakes. It brings us together and it can just as easily drive us apart.’

This book was honestly so raw in its portrayal of emotions, in so many ways and senses. From Sadie, grieving and how she chooses to cope with her grief, having lost her one anchor in this world, her beloved baby sister who she would do anything for.

Mattie, slain too soon, causing Sadie to seek vengeance, fleeing her home and the one that cares about her the most, May Beth Foster, Sadie’s guardian. See, May Beth came into Sadie and Mattie’s life from a promise to her own daughter on her deathbed, to look after her best friend and her daughter, Sadie (this was pre Mattie, of course). May Beth loved Sadie with every ounce of her being, showing her the nurture that Claire (Sadie and Mattie’s mum) neglected to provide Sadie.

Claire had no trouble loving Mattie though, and this causes grief for Sadie. Mattie couldn’t see past her Mother’s faults, her heavy addiction, the fact that she was hardly around for both girls, but Sadie always wanted what is best for Mattie!

All throughout this book, which was BRILLIANTLY weaved in dual storytelling format, firstly as podcast episodes, conveying Sadie’s disappearance as radio personality West McCray tries to find her, after May Beth seeks him out, to Sadie’s own point of view chapters in between the episodes. Both of these elements were utterly superb, and added so much to the story, often intertwining with another, where West McCray will talk to people that we know Sadie has interacted with, and while I was reading these moments, my mind was forever wondering ‘where is Sadie now?’ I so so desperately wanted to give her a big hug and not let her go!

Hands down, one of the most emotionally driven books I’ve read in a long time! Such a thrilling read, the way the author has captured these raw emotions, the detail of her writing! I could hear Sadie’s stutter as she spoke, pictured her determined but scared actions, and just feel everyone’s pain!

If you’ve not read this book already, you MUST! Thank you thank you Pan Macmillan Australia for providing me with this heart wrenching book for review, definitely one of the best thrillers I’ve read in ages, and probably my favourite thriller of the year!

Happy Reading,

Brooklyn.

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