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Told from the alternating perspectives of nineteen-year-old Sadie who runs away from her isolated small Colorado town to find her younger sister's killer, and a true crime podcast exploring Sadie's disappearance.
Publisher: New York :, Wednesday Books,, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250105714
Characteristics: 311 pages


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Aug 03, 2020

I picked up this book as something different than I usually read, and it delivered. The podcast format works quite well, and the writing lends well to the mystery and suspense.

Aug 03, 2020

I listened to the audiobook for this for most part, and it was such a delight (especially the radio show parts, which I actually enjoyed far more as audio instead of reading). Here's my review from goodreads —

On a more serious note though, wow. This was stunning. I can't believe how much effect this book had on me and I'm not sure how I'm sleeping tonight. What a masterpiece. I absolutely ADORED the back and forth between Sadie's perspective of the past, and our radio show host retracing her footsteps in the present. The audiobook was an even better experience because you could hear different people's voices and it gave them so much character. I loved this. I adored how we unravelled the story little by little (and yet, the ending left me ??)

Sadie's character, her grief, her desperation to avenge Mattie, and the sheer adrenaline of wanting to eliminate Keith that she was running on was in a twisted way relatable. I have a sister eight years younger to me and my blood boils thinking of things like this happening to little girls. I could feel Sadie's raw emotions and in a weird way, I understood her.

Each character we talked to in this story had such a different voice, such a different reason, such a different way of looking at things — it was amazing to learn about all of them through the radio show.

Also can we talk about HOW CREATIVE OF A WAY THIS IS TO TELL A STORY? I loved all the radio show sessions. Every time my audiobook went 'The Girls, Season 1' I was literally so excited because I loved all the perspectives I was getting and the way it was paralleling the host tracing Sadie's steps which were revealed in Sadie's POV originally, or would be in the future. It was such a delight, and I love, love, loved it.

Overall, this is such a solid book and the only reason possibly it doesn't have five stars is because I'm still salty over that ending (although, admittedly, that's what made this book even more powerful and ingrained in my brain for years to come). Such a beautiful story I'm so grateful to have had a chance to know, and, just, wow. Wow. I'm blown away and would recommend this to absolutely anyone I meet. Wow. You know what? I'm wrong. I'm changing my rating to 5 stars because this was just out of this world. Beautiful. So well written, so well conveyed. What a story. I know I'm going to think about this a LOT.

First thoughts after ending book — (spoiler)
HOLD UP. WAIT. WHAT? WHAT? No, excuse me, what? WHY? WHERE IS SHE? WHAT HAPPENED? TELL ME. YOU CAN'T LEAVE ME THERE. Keith deserved so much worse. What happened to Sadie though? Where is she? Is she alive? Is she alright? What in the world? (spoiler over)

ArapahoeTanya May 28, 2020

I loved the audiobook version of this mystery/crime novel. It is told in alternating points of view from the missing Sadie and a podcast (with a full cast of characters) that is trying to find her. I could not stop listening to this book and it kept me on the edge of my seat! One of my favorite books of all time.

Sep 04, 2019

100% listen to the audio book version of this novel. A huge chunk of this novel is set up almost like an interview/ podcast show, so the wide range of voice actors just bring this novel to life. Also the main character Sadie has a speech disorder, so the audio book just really grasped and brought her character to life! If you are a fan of murder documentaries like "Unsolved Mysteries," then you will LOVE this book. The whole book is filled with 'interviews' and flashbacks, etc. just like a true crime episode. I will say that this novel is about a very hard topic. The main theme around this book is Child Molestation. The main character Sadie is molested as a child by her mother's boyfriend 'Keith' and years later when her sister Mattie turns up dead, she is hell bent on getting revenge. This leads her on a cross country trek trying to track down the man named 'Keith.' Sadie knows it in her bones that he is responsible for Mattie's death. When Sadie never comes back home, West McCray a Podcast host is determined to follow the clues and to find Sadie. ...This book deserves ALL THE STARS! Everyone should read this novel. More people should be talking about this book! Someone read it so we can talk about that stunning and justice filled ending! I will say that I have never read anything like this, it had such a unique plot line and writing style. This book was a psychological thriller and it was tragic and riveting in so many ways. I wish I could go more into detail, but I just don't want to give too much away!

Aug 28, 2019

I really enjoyed this book! I was unsure of how well the use of podcasting as a narrative device would play out, and was pleasantly surprised. I've been binging YA crime fiction lately and this one was the best of the bunch, hands down.

Aug 28, 2019

Sadie is a 2018 young adult, mystery novel written by Courtney Summers. Being an intense read, "Sadie" follows a broken girl's journey of revenge. I very much loved this book's format of switching perspectives, and the back and forth of events that happened then explaining them in the present time. Summers really excels in keeping her audience interested, leaving this novel one not to miss. Though there are some triggering topics discussed, (suicide, abuse, etc..) they don’t seem excessive and for the most part, details are inferred and up to the reader. Definitely recommend, and would read again. 5 Star. @Ruby_Tuesday of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
Sadie is a story about a girl who runs away on a mission to find the person who killed her sister. The chapters switch between Sadie’s point of view and a podcast that tells Sadie’s story months after she ran away. Sadie is following every lead to get revenge on her sister’s killer, but nobody else knows that’s where she went. West McCray, the host of the podcast, follows leads to find out where Sadie went and what happened to her. This story is very exciting and has many cliff-hangers, with some chapters ending without you ever finding out how it ended. This book was darker than typical teen stories, and Sadie’s life was not easy or glamorous, so I would recommend it for an older or more mature crowd, such as 15 or older. I would rate this book 9/10 stars. @bookaholic of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

ArapahoeTiegan Aug 05, 2019

A haunting tale of a teen searching for her younger sister's killer. But there's even more to the story than you might think. Told in alternating points of view - Sadie and a podcast that details Sadie's journey and how she got there. The ending was beautiful and will leave me thinking for a good while.

ArapahoeAsia Jul 28, 2019

An intense mystery/thriller that takes place in Colorado! Sadie is great for both teens and young adults looking for an edge-of-your-seat story.

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.

Pippi_L Jul 02, 2019

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!

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