Summer Reads: Sadie, A Book Review

Sadie by Canadian author Courtney Summers is a gutsy and terrifying young-adult thriller guaranteed to keep readers tethered to the story from start to finish. Summers offers a fresh style of prose + podcast, showing two sides of the same story that will leave readers breathless for more.

The story Sadie is narrated by two people: West McCray, a popular radio personality who becomes intrigued by the story of a runaway; and Sadie, a 19-year-old teen hell-bent on revenge.

At first, West McCray isn’t convinced there’s much of a story behind Sadie’s disappearance. When McCray’s boss discovers Sadie ran away shortly after her sister, Mattie, was brutally murdered, he orders McCray to uncover what really happened. This spurs on multiple podcasts in which McCray follows in Sadie’s footsteps—interviewing both her family and those she encountered on the road—to find answers as to why Sadie disappeared.

Following Sadie, readers are slowly drawn into her chaotic and action-packed journey of revenge because, here’s the thing: she’s determined to find the person who took Mattie’s life and she won’t stop until she’s taken theirs.

“Looking at the stars is looking into the past. I read that once. I can’t remember where and I don’t know much about it, but it’s strange to think of the stars above as from a time that is so far removed from Mattie and me, from Mattie being dead. From the thing I am about to do.”

Alternating between McCray’s podcast and Sadie’s unwavering pursuit to find her sister’s killer, a dark and twisted story unfolds in which both characters find themselves caught in the middle of something much bigger than they had imagined.

Summers offers an enthralling tale of the need to right wrongs and the danger of asking too many questions. The author pulls readers into the story, making them feel as though they are a character in the novel with her keen eye for detail and excellent understanding of human emotion.

Sadie is a haunting tale about the lengths people will go to protect those they love and the impact an unsolved mystery has on a family. This novel is full of authentic, brave, gritty characters who will warm reader’s hearts with their fierce determination to solve a mystery no matter the cost. Sadie is guaranteed to be liked, loved, and cherished by all readers who can see themselves fighting for those they love, and even hunting down those who threaten them.

A highly recommended summer read that will feel a lot like a summer road trip with much darker undertones.

About the Reviewer: Kaitlyn Sutey lives in Bracebridge, Ontario. She completed a double major in English Literature and Creative Writing in May 2019 from Dalhousie University. Back at home, she spends most of her time reading and writing novels. Kaitlyn aspires to edit manuscripts for a publishing company, and to one day release a novel of her own. See Kaitlyn here

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