Author: Courtney Summers
Publication Date: October 8th 2019
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.
This book is my second 5 star read of the year which is saying something considering the fact that I haven’t had that many 5 star reads out of the books that I have managed to read so far this year.
I really only want to talk about Sadie as she’s the titular character of the book and the one we get to learn the most about. Sadie is the older sister I wished I had. She didn’t let anything stop her when it came to her sister Mattie and she was so resourceful. Even though she did have a stutter she didn’t let that get in the way of finding out what happened to her sister. Her journey throughout the course of the book was so gripping and haunting. Sadie is a badass character that you wouldn’t expect but I love her.
The pacing of this book was perfect. I absolutely loved it. I also really liked how this book was written; the way it split between the podcast and Sadie’s point of view was really cool to me. The fact that you could actually also listen to the podcast parts was a neat little thing. However, I personally didn’t listen to the podcast while reading the book.
Sadie was such an interesting story and with each page I was enthralled by what was going to happen next. I did like the ending even though normally I’m not a fan of ambiguous endings. I felt like you knew everything and nothing that happened all at the same time.
This book was beautiful and haunting at the same time. It definitely made me tear up a couple of times as I realized how much Sadie loved her younger sister. After finishing the book I was left thinking about it in a good way.