Friday, November 16, 2018

Book Review: Sadie by Courtney Summers

Author: Courtney Summers
Publication: St. Martin's Press (September 4, 2018)

Description: 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 Thoughts: Sadie was a book that lived up to all the hype. It is told in two parts. In one part West McCray is a radio personality who hears Sadie's story and becomes obsessed with learning her story and finding her. His section is in the form of a script or transcript of the podcast he creates.

The second part is told from Sadie's point of view as she searches for the man she blames for the death of her younger sister Mattie. Mattie had been Sadie's whole life and reason for living since she was born when Sadie was six. Sadie and Mattie's mother was a drug addict who brought home a series of men and then abandoned her kids when Sadie was sixteen. The girls lived in a dying trailer park in a dying town under the loose supervision of an older woman who rented them the trailer they lived in. After Mattie was found murdered, Sadie lost her reason for living.

Sadie's story gradually unfolds as she follows the trail becoming sadder and more harrowing as each page is turned. Her voice is compelling and engaging. I liked that she righted a number of wrongs along her journey and changed a number of lives.

One of the lives she changed, even though she never met him, was West McCray's. You could feel his initial reluctance to get involved in the story at all and then feel how he was pulled into Sadie and Mattie's story until it became almost a compulsion to find out what happened.

Favorite Quote:
But love is complicated, it's 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.

It can drive us. 
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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