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Saturday, December 26, 2020

Book Review: Sadie by Courtney Summers

Sadie by Courtney Summers
Genre: Young Adult (Contemporary Mystery)
Date Published:  September 4, 2018
Publisher: Wednesday Books

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.

Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page. 

Sadie by Courtney Summers is told in a unique way. You have Sadie's point  of view. Then, you also get the story told to you as a podcast by a man who is investigating Sadie's disappearance as he interviews many different people in Sadie's life. I listened to the audio version, which was also unique in that each character had a different narrator voicing them. This story pulls you into Sadies world quite effectively, only to leave you hanging in the end. I was very put out by this ending. We had all this build up only to be completely shut out of what happened in the climactic final moments. This book has many fans, and I'm clearly in the minority, so if you were wanting to read this, don't let my 2cents worth turn you off.

Courtney Summers is the bestselling author of several novels, whose career in writing began in 2008, when she was 22. Her work has been released to critical acclaim and multiple starred reviews, received numerous awards and honors including the Edgar Award, the John Spray Mystery Award, the Cybils Award, the Odyssey Award, the Audie Award, and has enjoyed the recognition of many library, state, 'Best Of' and Readers' Choice lists. Courtney has reviewed for The New York Times, is the founder of #ToTheGirls, a 2015 worldwide trending hashtag, and in 2016, she was named one of Flare Magazine's 60 under 30. She lives and writes in Canada. Her new novel, The Project releases February 2nd, 2021 from Wednesday Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press.

To learn more about Courtney Summers and her books, visit her website. You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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