Sadie by Courtney Summers | ARC Review
Publication: Wednesday Books
Release date: September 4, 2018
How I got the copy: Raincoast Books
Trigger warning: sexual abuse, pedophilia
Sadie is written in part podcast script, which I really enjoyed because just like you I'm loving podcasts at the moment, and true crime podcasts have been huge the last few years. This book actually released podcast episode you can find on iTunes that reads the podcast episodes from the book, how cool is that? I didn't listen to the podcast sections when I read the book but I did check them out and I think it'd bring such a great element to the reading experience of this book.
Sadie is set in one of those small, forgotten, towns in America where you either get out the first chance you get or you stay there forever working at the local gas station or grocery store. And the book starts with the body of Mattie, Sadie's sister, found just on the outskirts of town and fast forward to the podcast episode, Sadie is missing and her car was found on the side of the road, miles from town, with all her belongings left inside.
West McCray, a radio personality, working on another segment in a town nearby overhears about the missing girl and becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Sadie with the help of her stand-in grandmother who desperately want to find her alive.
Sadie is a great young adult suspense novel, I couldn't gauge what Sadie would do next as all she wants to do is find justice for her sister and herself. So she goes after her sisters killer, the town's police were no help with their botched police investigation and Sadie will go to any extent to bring justice to her sister, which is such a frightening but incredible story about sisterhood. As fictional as this story is, it's the reality of so many people and it's so heartbreaking to read.
The murder and violence isn't the only heartbreaking element to the story though, there's mention of pedophilia and moments when we hear about one of the girls being sexually abused. Again, this is only a story but a reality for many children and people. I stand behind voicing these stories to young people for representation, prevention, and to know that you're not alone.
This book is a great mix of all things. It's written in part podcast, part regular style novel, the main character, Sadie, has a stutter, she has taken care of her sister since she was born, and lived with her addict mother, in poverty, and her different boyfriends throughout the years until she left both girls to fend for themselves.
You can listen to the podcast episodes instead of reading those chapters but you'll need to coordinate while reading. Honestly, I saw it as too much of a hassle for me, especially when I currently read the most during my commute to work and some of the podcast episodes aren't very long, but I did find having the different voices did bring the entire story to life.
This is the first Courtney Summers book I have read and I'm interested in picking up another book by her. I'd say if you're interested in picking up a young adult suspense thriller to pick this one up. It'll live up to your expectation.
*A copy of this book was provided by Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review*