Hey-o! I is back and I’m on fire! Three post back to back in a week got to be some kind of record for me. Well, today I got a review of a very hyped book and that is Sadie by Courtney Summers. I’ve seen this book everywhere on BookTube which is why I finally decided to give it a chance.
Author: Courtney Summers
Genre: mystery, thriller
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.
This book is very hyped which is something that can be scary for some and by some I mean me. The thing about hyped books is that you set very high standards for them and they don’t always deliver. For example, The Cruel Prince is adored by everyone but I really disliked it. Then there are books like The Astonishing Color of After which is also really hyped but I really liked. Because of this, I was excited to read this book but at the same time, I was highly skeptical about it. Let me just start the review by saying that you should totally listen to the hyped because this book is amazing.
How should I start? Let’s start with the actual story. The story as you read on the synopsis is of Sadie and her search of her sister’s murderer. This is told in various formats. The book begins with West’s side of the story. His story is divided between a podcast he’s recording and conversations with Sadie’s surrogate grandmother. Then we continue with Sadie’s side of the story which is told in the typical novel format. In her narration, we get to see inside her head as she searches for the murderer and as she gets flashbacks to life before Mattie’s death. These flashbacks help the reader understand the story. These flashbacks are also there to cause a reaction as you get more attached to her and her story. The story as a whole is set months apart since West’s investigation is a couple of months behind Sadie’s disappearance. This back and forward works perfectly by giving you clues and then explanations so you can create your own theory of what happened.
This book is big on sister love as Sadie adores her sister with all her soul. She had taken it as her job to raise her sister and her devotion to her was endless. We can see all that she did for her sister and how she would switch places with her if she could. This is why it’s understandable that when her sister’s body is found something in her snaps. Honestly, I think the love and devotion she showed was beautiful and heartbreaking knowing how it ended.
I loved this story. It was so good but surprisingly dark. When I went into it I was not expecting it to be as dark as it was. It was shocking which just made the story more amazing. It makes you feel passionate about the story and it appeals to the soft part in you. This was definitely a page turner and the ending was perfect. Yes, it’s the kind of ending where you want to throw the book against the wall because you need more but to me, it felt perfect.
One of the reasons why I loved this book so much was the audiobook. This was definitely my favorite audiobook followed by Sleeping Giants and Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel. We got a full cast and even in Sadie’s narration we have other actors talking in their character’s part instead of having her say “she said, he said.” I honestly believe more audiobooks should be this way. The actors wowed me with their amazing performance. We also got music and sound effects, like crickets, which gives it a nice ambiance. It’s like watching a movie but better. If you want to give this book a chance I definitely recommend going the audiobook route.
Going back to the darkness of the story I must say that this story is full of triggers. If you’re worried about these go to Goodreads and check for those. I am not adding them just because they can be huge spoilers and not everyone is a fan of that.
This story is amazing and definitely one of my favorite reads of the year. You should totally check it out. I’m telling you that you won’t regret but again check Goodreads for triggers.
Rating: Honestly, I don’t think I even have to write it because I’m sure you guys already know. In case you didn’t, I give this book…
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