Thursday, 8 November 2018

Sadie by Courtney Summers

by Courtney Summers

Summary: 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.

I'm not sure how to even begin to review this book. Given the subject matter, to describe it as good or great or whatever -- it just doesn't feel like the right words. But I don't have the right words.

Basically, this was one of those books that cracks you right open. It makes you care and it makes you hurt.

I loved the format of it, the way it did the Then vs Now thing in a different way than I've read before. And I really cared about the characters a lot, especially Sadie. I always love Courtney's characters and these were no exception -- she writes them raw and rough around the edges, and thoroughly impossible not to care about because she makes them feel so human.

The ending of the story bothered me. But I think maybe it was supposed to bother me. In real life, cases like this do haunt you. They do keep you up at night wondering about the what's and the why's and the how's. And this book was like that too -- it left me wondering, and it haunted me a bit. It was more realistic for that, so I can appreciate it even though it was frustrating.

To sum up: this is one of the best books I've read this year (and I've read quite a few good ones), I'd rate it 5 stars out of 5. It proved, once again, why Courtney Summers is on my insta-buy list.


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