Synopsis: 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 is a tough book to swallow. It is so dark and there really isn’t any light, even when you get to the very last guy-wrenching sentence. It hurts your soul to know that these instances and horrors are out there in the world happening every day. That there are girls whose story may never get told. It is heart-breaking.
Sadie’s story is easy to follow, in the literal sense. In the emotional sense, it is absolutely disturbing and raw. You just know deep inside what is happening, yet you don’t want to believe it. I cannot imagine being her or having her life and it breaks you entirely knowing there are girls out there who may have a life like this.
I wanted to punch so many people in this story and scream at the ending. This is not a light story however it is brilliantly done. Courtney Summers is a master at creating a story that steals your soul and I wouldn’t have it any other way.