Helloooooo, YA librarians!
I’m not even going to waste time with a witty introduction because I’m just SO EXCITED to talk to you about SADIE. But before I begin, just know that you will not be able to put this book down. So carve out an afternoon, get comfy, and prepare yourself for a YA thriller like no other. Ready? Let’s go.
SADIE by Courtney Summers
Available September 4, 2018 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18
Nineteen-year-old Sadie lives in a small Colorado town where she has raised her little sister, Mattie, on her own for years . . . until the day she runs away, on a mission to find the man who killed Mattie. The police investigation was a mess and Sadie wants justice. She throws away almost everything she owns, buys a cheap car, and leaves town following whatever clues she can find to lead her to her sister’s killer.
Four months after Sadie goes missing, West McCray gets a phone call. West McCray is a radio personality and the host of a podcast that investigates American small towns. On the other end of the phone call is May Beth Foster, Sadie and Mattie’s pseudo-grandmother, asking West to look into Sadie’s disappearance because “[she] can’t take another dead girl.”
The chapters alternate between Sadie’s gripping P.O.V and the transcript from the Serial-like podcast trying to track her down. The two sides of the story complement each other seamlessly. Sadie has a dark past—and is definitely angry—but her love for Mattie is what fuels her every decision. West McCray’s POV, on the other hand, is very clinical, offering the facts and not much more. But the people he interviews along the way have stories to tell, and those stories provide him with clues as he tries to find Sadie.
SADIE kept me up at night. I couldn’t stop reading it and stayed up late to finish. When I finally did put it down, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Sadie’s story is heartbreaking and haunting and one that will stay with you long after you close the book. This powerful thriller is perfect for fans of dark suspense novels and true crime podcasts.
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