Sadie Review

Title: Sadie
Author: Courtney Summers
Series: Not Applicable
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: 04 September 2018
Source: Netgalley
Format: eBook (ARC)
Pages: 320
Rating: 5 Stars
Reading Timeline: 27 August 2018



Goodreads Synopsis:

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.



Book Review:
Pre-Reading Thoughts:

I requested this book the moment I saw that a whole bunch of people were reading it. I have no real clue as to what this book is about because I read the synopsis a while ago but I am so excited that I finally get to read this.

Thank you so much to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for providing me with a copy of this book. Just a small disclaimer for those reading this review, I have received this book for free. Please note that this does not affect my opinion in any way. All thought are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

I loved the almost mixed format of the book. The one format is of a podcast whilst the other is format is of Sadie's point of view. The timeline between the two is done masterfully and it works so well with this story. The writing just pulls you in from the very first page but it is the content that grabs you.

Plot Thoughts:

This plot was both heartbreaking and anger-inducing. The switch between the podcast and Sadie's point of view allows one to fill the gaps that the other had. It created a steady increase in the tension of the book because you can feel the conclusion coming but it is just out of your reach. The plot carried a lot of the emotion through not only the situations but also in the actions of the people who are interviewed after Sadie meets them. This plot is done with a mastery that comes from time and practice and it is one that won't let you go until the end and then some.

Character Thoughts:

Each character is exactly as they are described as by West, they embody these personality traits. The only person who breaks these labels is Sadie who seems to make it her mission to prove that there is more to her. Sadie is a character that latches onto your arm and drags you across the page with her. Her determination eventually becomes yours and sooner rather than later, you find yourself egging her on.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, this book was nothing that I expected it to be. It is one of the best thrillers I have read, hands down. The writing is done so well that you find yourself trapped in the story unable to leave. The plot is one that won't let you go that easily and Sadie is a character that clutches onto you and never lets you go, not even when it starts to hurt. This book has gone beyond what I expected of it and I highly recommend it. It is definitely one of my favourites of the year. The hype surrounding this book is earned but more than that it is required. Thank you so much to Netgalley and Wednesday Books for providing me with a copy.

Yours in Reading,
Melleny

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