Thursday, August 30, 2018

#Review - Sadie by Courtney Summers #YALIT #Thrillers

Series: Standalone
Format: E-Galley, 320 pages
Release Date: September 4, 2018
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Young Adult / Thrillers & Suspense

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 can't take another dead girl."

Courtney Summers' Sadie is a young adult thriller that takes readers on a rollercoaster ride of emotions as we follow the story of Sadie Hunter, a 19-year old young woman whose 13-year old sister Mattie Southern is found dead which leads her to track down the person she believes was responsible. The story is told in a variety of ways, but the most interesting is by radio personality West McCray's, who is urged to research and tell Sadie's story by his boss. The story becomes podcasts called "The Girls."

West picks up on the trail of Sadie thanks to a woman named Mary Beth Foster who was more of a mother to Sadie and her sister Mattie than their own drug addled mother who flew the coup and never thought about what would happen she she left. The question we all need to know is what really happened to Sadie? Sadie's journey is hard to take. No, it's absolutely brutal. Here is a someone whose sister was her entire world. Her mother didn't want her, but Mattie was her pride and joy. Mattie was pretty much hers to take care of when their mother left, and she did exactly that to the point of giving up her own future for her younger sister.

But it wasn't good enough. After Mattie is found dead, Sadie's world shatters to the point where she withdraws from society and goes on a Kill Bill type mission after the man she believes killed her sister. Readers will feel the agony and the determination coming from Sadie's voice. Sadie is as real as it gets. She's in a dark place, and every step she takes, takes her to an even darker place where it's hard to come back from. Sadie knows that there is a good chance she will lose herself forever, and not be able to return to the person she was before Mattie's death.

"I’m going to kill a man. I’m going to steal the light from his eyes. I want to watch it go out." 

Thanks not only to West McCray, but Mary Beth as well, readers will follow Sadie's story step by step as she trails after the supposed killer. It's hard at times not to want to hold Sadie. Especially when she has such a hard time expressing herself without her persistent stutter which everyone has teased her about for years. For me, I was praying. Yes, I pray. I don't have to belong to an organized church in order to pray. McCray puts together bits and pieces of Sadie’s story  through various sources. After nearly giving up, West realizes that he must find Sadie before it’s too late.

"If she dies, she will take the truth with her." 

After reading this story, you will come away with a whole lot of feelings: Heart breaking, shocking, disturbed, angry, sad, and appalled that we still live in a world where girls go missing all the time, and it comes such a non-issue with almost everyone from the media to the police, to the parents who believe their child has become a runaway. Sadie is all but a secondary character in her own life. I don't know the answer to the question. We may never know the answer to the question. If you've never read anything by the author before, this is the absolute perfect time to begin.

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