Sadie by Courtney Summers (ARC): A Dark and Twisting Thriller with a Unique Format


4.5 stars

Raising her little sister Mattie alone hasn’t been easy on Sadie, especially in a small town where everyone’s focused on keeping their heads above water.

Yet, when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s whole world crumbles and she’s determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice after the police have proven useless. Sadie hits the road and follows a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

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Trigger Warning: Pedophilia & Rape

Wow! What a thrilling read!

I totally did not expect to love Sadie as much as I did, but now I can really see why all the hype exists!

Sadie is a thrilling, intense, and totally gripping thriller novel that will keep you hooked from start to finish.

Sadie is such a compelling main character because even though she’s not perfect (she’s about to kill a man), she’s got a lot of complexities that make you want to discover what makes Sadie tick and why she’s doing what she’s doing.

Even the side characters–from Mattie, Sadie’s little sister who is now dead, to Sadie’s mom and grandmotherly figure–were all really well developed, and I enjoyed that about the novel.

But one of my favorite parts would have to be the alternating Sadie POV and podcast chapters! Normally adding something like a podcast just comes off as quirky and whatnot, but in Sadie, it actually really contributed to the mystery and in building the story up. I loved what the podcast did both in revealing hints and exposing some of the past, as well as keeping up on our toes with cliffhangers at each chapter.

I think all the podcasts were just really well done and I’m looking forward to listening to the real recorded podcasts that were made for this book! I like how they were structured in that they continued the story rather than interrupted what was happening.

Plus, the mystery was gripping! Even though I felt like it wasn’t like a “whodunnit,” but more like a “What happened?!,” it was still interesting, which is more than what I can say for other books of this type.

I wanted to know what happened and kept flipping pages until the very end. I kind of guessed based on some of the clues, but the validation the book provided was what made it so good.

And Summers is really subtle about some things, like she mentions something and you’re like, “Is that…?” and then later she confirms it, which was both gratifying to read and interesting to solve.

I think the content is definitely shocking (and potentially triggering, so keep an eye out!), but it was all so compelling and wrapped up in a way that was really enjoyable for me! I think Summers did a really great job executing this, and it really touches on that interesting small town atmosphere that I ended up enjoying a lot.

Both the podcast and what happened really helped set up that small town atmosphere and how oppressive it can be, and I really felt for the characters, even if they didn’t make the best decisions at times.

Overall, I definitely really enjoyed reading Sadie and found it to be a very well-written thriller novel that kept me hooked and had a unique format that enhanced the narrative. Although I might not have been completely obsessed, this was a really great read and I’m glad I had the chance to read it early!

Thank you so much to Wednesday Books/Macmillan @ BookCon and Netgalley for providing me with a digital review copy and advance reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review!

much love, vicky

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