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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
Branch Call Number: Y SUM
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 22 cm


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KateHillier Nov 19, 2018

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.

Oct 30, 2018

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.

Oct 17, 2018

"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.

Oct 04, 2018

This book.... I'm going to remember this book for the rest of my life.

ArapahoeAlyson Sep 14, 2018

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.

OPL_KrisC Jul 19, 2018

A riveting tale about a teen who disappears following her sister's death that told through podcast episodes and the teen's own voice.

samcmar Jun 12, 2018

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.

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