Author: Courtney Summers
Genre: YA Mystery/Contemporary Thriller
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.
Sadie by Courtney Summers is the second book I’m reading by this author, the first one being All the Rage. Whereas the latter was a jarring, impactful read about rape culture, this book didn’t quite make its mark.
The premise of Sadie is so interesting, so good. I picked up this book with high expectations, hoping to be blown away with it. This story is about Sadie and Mattie, sisters who grew up together without a father and not much of a mother. Mattie is killed (how, is still unknown) and that pushes Sadie into a dark place – until she goes missing too. A radio personality – West McCray – takes on this case, tries to find Sadie and turns the story into a podcast.
The best thing about this book is Sadie and Mattie’s relationship. I love to read about siblings in books – and I felt that the portrayal of the sisters was so realistic and endearing. Their relationship – especially Sadie’s love for Mattie – was really well portrayed and it touched my heart. The ups and downs, the fights and the misunderstandings – it was all just really well done. I loved Sadie’s character – I thought that the emotions portrayed through her were very fitting and realistic and added a lot of depth to the book.
Courtney Summers has a very compelling style of writing. I really like her writing, it’s engaging and it’s extremely readable. She writes in a way which evokes emotions in you and certain things really impact you.
What my problem with the book was that the story itself didn’t engage or impact me that much. It’s interesting, yes. But it’s the not the powerful, emotionally-driving book I was expecting it to be. We follow Sadie in one part of the story but her story wasn’t the most interesting or engaging. It was sad, yes. A lot of terrible things happened and the book discusses important things like rape, child abuse, assault but the way the story was crafted just didn’t impact me that much. All the Rage by the same author made me uncomfortable, it was that strong and real and raw. All the Rage made me angry and fearful and yet SO sure that certain things have to be fought. This book, not so much.
I was interested in the podcast element of the book, and it was pretty enjoyable! The book is written in two different formats for each alternating chapter and I liked the format of the podcast!
All in all, the book was good – it’s an important, well-written book but honestly, there are quite some better books out there dealing with similar topics and issues.