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I thought this book was written in an interesting perspective. If you are a fan of podcasts like "serial", where someone investigates an old unsolved case, you'll definitely like this book. The radio investigation in this novel is titled, "The Girls", and it follows the case of a missing girl, Sadie, and her dead sister Mattie. Mattie and Sadie grew up living hard. Sadie lived harder, trying to protect her younger sister, Mattie, from the harsh world she knows. With no father and a mother that battles addiction and brings strange men home a lot, the girls had to struggle to survive. Mattie disappears after their mother decides to leave them, and days later her body is found. Sadie, who suffers from a stutter, will not be stopped on her way to track down her sister's murderer no matter who gets in her way. Her story is pieced together by the radio host, West McCray, when the story in Sadie's perspective, stops. It's a great suspense novel that I devoured in two days.
This is a fast-moving thriller that you won't be able to put down once you've started it. It will make a great summer read!
Really, really good and engaging. Personally, I would have liked a little bit more closure, but over all I just really enjoyed the read.
Courtney Summers doesn't shy away from writing about difficult subjects, as is the case here. When nineteen-year-old Sadie goes missing after leaving home to track down her sister's killer, reporter and podcaster West McCray tries to find out the truth about what happened to the sisters. It's not an easy book to read, but at the same time I found myself not wanting to put it down as I tried to figure out the clues alongside West. Recommended for mystery fans.
** spoiler alert **
Courtney Summers writes tough books. They are raw, brutal, real, and messy. Sadie plays out as a true crime podcast, with all the binge-able obsession of Serial, In the Dark, or Dirty John. It is one of those stories that internet sleuths live for. What happened? How can we help? It is the stuff of message boards and Facebook posts. AS is frequently the case with Summers, this story feels real. The characters and the drama are right in front of our face. These are stories we see everyday. And we are placed into a reflection of the darkness that exists. It is without a doubt a story that will never leave me, as I wonder, "What happened to Sadie?"
If you like podcasts, true crime and young adult fiction, stop what you’re doing and go read this book. I spent Christmas Eve morning doing nothing but reading this.
Since a significant portion of this is presented as a podcast script, the audio is AMAZING. Tough content, but important. This one is going to stick with me.
The two words that best describe Sadie are dark and depressing. The whole novel has a storm cloud type feeling about it and no matter how you try, you just can't shake it off. Sadie is extremely broken, and there seems to be no way back for her from where she's come from and what she's endured. She doesn't want or ask for help at all. I can't identify with her and the decisions she makes. Granted, it moves her along to where she needs to be, but the way she goes about things makes me grind my teeth and shake my head. Sadie's motivations for her journey are clear to her, but as the reader or listener, I can't match her dogged determination in catching up with her sister's killer. We don't learn much about Maddie except for what May Beth and Sadie say about her. We don't get to know Maddie at all or get attached to her, therefore we have no drive for Sadie to exact revenge. Yes, it's extremely sad that Maddie was murdered, but we don't know her as a character. I'm not attached. Maybe that's the point, but I can't find myself getting invested in Sadie's story if I'm not attached to the characters and what happens to them.
The only reason this story probably did so well is because it's half first person and half podcast- the podcast half is a man looking into the disappearance of Sadie. The audiobook version has a full cast and sound effects, the podcast, the whole 9. Unfortunately, as trendy and hip as that is now, it will date this book as time goes on. This made it slightly more interesting to listen to, but not by a lot.
Also, the novel ends on a cliffhanger and we have zero idea what happened to Sadie. We can certainly guess, but there is no indication of exactly what transpired. This type of storytelling device leaves me livid. It's YOUR story, YOU tell me how it ends. If I wanted to come up with my own story, I would write my own. Know going into this that you won't get closure.
I'm sad I didn't enjoy this like most people did, but I think this type of novel just isn't my thing. Back to fantasy I go. I'm leaving this one in the dust.
A must if you like true crime podcasts and mysteries. Sadie's 13 year old sister is killed and Sadie vanishes to take revenge. Sadie's journey is alternated with that of radio host West McCray as he tries to investigate Sadie's disappearance. He's always slightly behind and what is uncovered about the sisters and their relationship and their family life will rattle you.
The book really feels like listening to a true crime podcast while at the same time you follow Sadie and her quest to do one last thing for her sister. Sadie feels very real as a girl who has really only one purpose and that was well before this tragedy. A character puts it best when he describes her as a supporting character in her own life.
This book does deal with some potentially upsetting content so take care of yourself while reading, folks.
This gripping, gritty thriller begins with a missing girl. Sadie has disappeared from Cold Creek, CO after the discovery of her little sister's body in a nearby orchard. When the car Sadie bought off Craig's List is found in Fairfield, CO, her surrogate grandmother reaches out for help after a police investigation fails to find Sadie. Thus begins the podcast, The Girls, hosted by West McCray. In alternate chapters we read the transcript of the podcast and view Sadie's journey to Fairfield from her POV. Sadie's quest uncovers secrets that many wish were left alone. She has a knife and she is dangerous -- if you are on the side of hurting little girls. You will be mesmerized as the timelines converge.
"Sadie" left me raw and heartbroken in the way that only an amazing book can. It's not an easy read emotionally, but the pace is quick. I couldn't put it down even when I knew that the plot was hurtling toward a place that I didn't want Sadie to go.
Timely. Thrilling. Heart-wrenching. This story will definitely stay with me. The narrative alternates between an investigative podcast and the voice of Sadie, the older sister who goes searching for her sister's murderer. I listened to the audiobook, which has a full cast, and it was brilliant.
This book left me devastated - not from the ending but from the whole book. It isn't a "fun read" but it is a wonderful book. Sadie is an amazing character, and I'm still thinking about her weeks after finishing this book.
4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy contemporary thrillers and suspense.
When 13 year old Mattie is found murdered, her older sister Sadie will stop at nothing to avenge her sister's death. She must use the clues that she has to find the person responsible. In the meantime Sadie and Mattie's "grandmother figure" May Beth calls West McCray, a journalist to look into the case. As he explores, his podcast "The Girls" begins. Will they find her or will the secrets of Mattie's death die with her?
I don't read a lot of thrillers, because I find I often guess what will happen and I get bored. That was not the case with this book, and I was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed the format of this novel, the alternation between podcast style chapter and narrative chapter from Sadie's POV was really interesting, and kept me interested in the plot. I also feel like Summers did a great job of making the chapters end in suspenseful ways that had me continuing to flip pages. I thought that the story was gritty and felt real without being too sunny or too depressing. The podcast portion of the book reminded me very much of Serial, so if you enjoyed that you will likely enjoy this book quite a bit. I highly recommend this fast-paced thriller if you enjoy those sorts of books.
A riveting tale about a teen who disappears following her sister's death that told through podcast episodes and the teen's own voice.
Note: I had a chance to read an advance reader's copy of this title.
I have adored every book Courtney Summers has put out. I find the moment I have one of her books I tend to devour it quickly because I get so engrossed in her stories and characters. Sadie is one of those books that keeps you on the edge of your seat, and is unafraid to look at complicated issues regarding sexual conduct and runaway teens.
First off, I loved the dual perspective in this novel. The reader is introduced to West McCray, who has a podcast in the style of Serial as he tries to uncover why Sadie ran away from home, as well as what truly happened to her sister, Mattie. We also have Sadie's perspective, which shows us just how far a young woman can go when trying to seek her own kind of personal justice. Sadie is a character you root for, get frustrated by, but constantly find yourself empathizing with. I felt like when I was reading this book I was constantly her shadow -- looking overhead and trying to see what she would do next. Both these perspectives draw from each other so well, and it makes this thriller have all the more impact.
This story though... it's an uncomfortable one. Sadie's reasons, West McCray's desire to help, all converge in such a troubling way, and I loved it for that. I loved guessing what was happening in the story, I loved getting the perspectives of all the interviewees and trying to figure out if they were telling the truth, and I love how convoluted a lot of the investigation feels. I also loved getting Sadie's backstory, learning about her mother and Mattie -- a lot of it is so heartbreaking and yet, the reader is constantly asking why.
Sadie is a fantastic, unflinching novel that will keep you guessing. The conclusion is satisfying, and it's one of those books where I would love to hear an audio-version in the future. If you loved raw, angry novels, please check out Sadie, and I promise you won't regret it.