Book Title: Sadie
Author: Courtney Summers
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Fiction
Published:September 4th 2018 by Wednesday Books
As a big fan of crime podcasts, the setup on this book is EVERYTHING! Open this book and fall into a transcript of a crime podcast. The chapters (unnumbered) alternate between the transcribed crime podcast titled THE GIRLS and that the story or a young girl named Sadie who is on the hunt for a man who may not be who he says he is. This is one of those books that hooks you in and make you really think about what you have read. I couldn’t help but question everything along the way. What is she looking for? What will she find? Who is she looking for? Who will she find? These are the questions I ask myself over and over and the answers were satisfying.
Due to the nature of this book, I would not have categorized it as a YA novel. I am not a YA reader, but I am glad I picked up this book. I would say this read is more adult than young adult, but then again, I have rarely read anything in this genre and don’t really know what the kids are reading these days.
I’ve heard raving reviews of Macmillan Publishers audio production of this novel, so I went ahead and purchased it when it was released. Let me tell you, you need to do the same! This audio book is impeccably done. One of the best I’ve heard all year. I will say that some of the “interviewee” voices come across as robotic but that didn’t bother me as they are small snippet’s in the story.
This is one of my favorite reads for 2018 and I really enjoyed the book and audio book. I’m hopeful that this story continues.. Sadie, if you’re out there, please let me know, because I can’t take another dead girl. Same.
Many thanks to Courtney Summers and Wednesday Books for the gifted advanced readers copy.
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 meagre 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.