I received an advance copy of this book for review. This does not impact the content of my review.
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. (Goodreads)
My rating: 5 stars
I loved this book! It’s a must have.
Wow. Just. Wow. Sadie is an overwhelmingly dark and intense novel.
Sadie is not a book I would normally pick up. I prefer happy reads. I prefer lighter stories. Sadie is determined to find and kill the man who killed her sister. She’s on a one-way road trip to track him down. She’s angry. She’s hurt. She won’t stop until she gets justice. Or is it revenge? I could not put this book down. It consumed my thoughts whenever I had to take a break from reading it.
Be warned, there are a lot of potential trigger warnings in this book, including addiction, physical and sexual assault, pedophilia and child abuse. The content is not graphic in nature, but is disturbing at points.
One of the best books of 2018. A riveting read.
Told in alternating formats, the novel allows the reader to both follow along beside Sadie on her hunt and join the ranks of the listeners to the podcast The Girls as its host interviews the people Sadie came across to try and figure out what happened to her. Between the prose of Sadie’s side of the story and the podcast transcript, the story takes shape and reveals more and more painful moments. Courtney Summers knows just when to stop a chapter to create the most gripping moment and make you unable to stop reading.
I’ve never read Courtney Summers before. After this, I will likely read her again. Sadie moves so fast. It is a brilliantly woven story of love, hurt and the quest for justice.
Do you listen to podcasts?
You can actually listen to The Girls podcast based on this novel. Listen to a preview at courtneysummers.ca. Then subscribe on your preferred podcast platform of choice.
Also! Did you notice, Courtney Summers is Canadian! Woot! #readthenorth