ARC: Sadie by Courtney Summers – Review

I would like to thank St. Martin’s Press/Wednesday Books and Courtney Summers for sending me this ARC via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Expected publication: September 4th 2018 by 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.

I definitely was not prepared for this book and all the darkness. I went into it thinking that it would be an easy breeze – oh, I was so wrong. My heart was ripped out of my chest and stomped on repeatedly. I may never recover. If you are seeking a gripping mystery book for the summer, look no further..

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Sadie is a book which will live with me forever. It was that damn good.

I would like to now point out that this book has trigger warnings of Sexual Abuse and Paedophilia!

It’s not possible for me to even begin to fault this book – so let me dive straight into the positives.
Sadie’s little sister Maddie has been found dead after she tried to run away – she was only thirteen. Now Sadie, with belief that she knows who the killer is, sets on a dangerous path to bring down her sister’s killer.

My heart went out to Sadie. The most important person in her life is now gone from the world. She feels as if there is nothing left for her – her mother has abandoned them both and doesn’t know who her father is. Sadie comes from a small town where there’s not much going – for anyone. She does the best that she can and even drops out of high-school, so can work full-time as to provide for Maddie.

Sadie has a real “f*ck you” attitude. Understandable considering everything she has been through. She’s clever and people don’t expect that from her because she has a stutter – they all assume she’s “stupid”.

She was a beautifully written character.  We expect her to be broken, to give up but she always remains strong and determined, for her sister’s sake.

I hated Sadie’s mother. I had an overwhelming desired to slap the awful woman. She abandons her children, leaving them to fend for themselves and quite honestly only cares for herself. It made me so unbelievably furious.

I absolutely loved the way the story was told. Taking alternative turns the story is told from the POV of Sadie and in podcast form by West McCray. By doing this it opened the floor for a new perspective to the story, making it more interesting to read. I adored how the podcast chapters were written – it felt as if I was listening to West McCray.

The pace of the story was consistent throughout and there was never a time where I felt bored. In fact, I devoured this book as fast as I could. The story was so gripping that I was unable to put it down. I had to know what happened next.
I can only describe this wonderful book as a heartbreaking page-turner which will leave you staying up until the early hours of the morning. You must read this book.
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