Sadie by Courtney Summers
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
Disclaimer: Please note that this book touch on sensitive topics such as sexual abuse, violence and murder
Review: I’ve heard about this book last year from Books and Lala, she raved about it in her favorites of 2018 and since then I’ve been wanting to read it. I’ve been pushing it month and month, but October is definitely the perfect month to pick it up. To be honest, although I’m a fan of Lala’s recommendations, I was still hesitant to pick this up because I haven’t really read a book that was formatted like a podcast. However, I’m really glad that I picked it up because it was such an amazing read. I definitely would recommend the audiobook for this, the narrators did such a great job in conveying the emotions of both characters and the way the ‘podcast’ was created sounded like an actual podcast that it was very immersive.
I’m a fan of the two main characters, Sadie and West. Sadie and her story had me at the edge of my seat the whole time and tears in my eyes. I loved every minute of it. I think I especially love the voice narrator that they used. Her voice conveyed so much feelings in the way she told Sadie’s story that I felt that I was beside her during her whole road trip. I don’t usually read books that discuss child abuse, but this one took me by surprise and I was already too far into the book to stop. I do think that Summers handled the topic in a respectable way. I enjoyed Sadie as a character as well, I thought that she was one tough cookie, and I love characters like that. Although she does have a ‘condition’ she didn’t let that stop her from getting what she needed and wanted. As for West, I think the voice actor did an amazing job as well. The only problem is I really thought that West was a teen as well, that really did threw me off. Anyways, loved the part of his story too, it gave us insight to the effects of what happens to a family after tragedy occurred. I wanted the outcome to be different, but at the same time it’s very difficult to create an alternate ending.
As I said before, the podcast format was something different for me. I haven’t really listened to an actual podcast before, but after this, I was a bit more curious. I don’t mind listening/reading a book similar to this format. This was definitely a good read and those who do pick it up should try the audio version. Although I did choose to read this in October, its one of those books that could be read anytime of the year.