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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: Mystery Summers TEEN
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 22 cm


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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!

Feb 19, 2019

Really, really good and engaging. Personally, I would have liked a little bit more closure, but over all I just really enjoyed the read.

VaughanPLKim Jan 17, 2019

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.

Jan 10, 2019

Listen to the audiobook.

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