DISCLAIMER: Netgalley generously provided me with an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. The following paragraphs consist of my opinion, and my opinion alone.
I can without a doubt say that Sadie is one of the best books I’ve read this year. Perhaps THE best. In this book, everything from the complex characters to the gripping plot was perfectly written. But before I delve into a very (and I mean VERY) passionate review, I’ll give a quick summary for those who are not familiar with the book.
This novel follows Sadie, a nineteen year old runaway, as she tracks down who she believes to be the murderer of her sister, Mattie, who was everything to her… practically the air she breathed.
At the same time, reporter West McCray is scrambling to find the missing girl as he records a series of serial-like podcasts centered around Sadie’s disappearance.
There are so many things I loved about this book.
For starters, Sadie. Now, it’s clear to see Sadie has a lot of problems. Her neglectful mother is nowhere to be seen, the person who might be her father is guilty of an unspeakable crime, and her beloved sister was just brutally slaughtered. How could things get any worse for this poor girl?
You may think that Sadie’s rough life might have morphed her into a somewhat crazy person. And in a way, you’re right. In this book, Sadie walked around with a switch blade, interacted with dangerous people, and basically went out on a suicide mission to avenge her sister’s death. But all these details really contributed to the complexity of Sadie’s character. She was a determined, headstrong individual who went through the ugliest parts of the world but came out alive. I absolutely loved her.
In addition to this, I liked the originality of this book. It wasn’t just a murder story… I mean, we’ve all seen that before. There were so many details that made this novel stand out. For instance, Sadie’s stutter. Throughout the book, Sadie was constantly underestimated because of her stutter. She was laughed at and pushed around. But whenever this happened. Sadie fought her attacker and showed them the kind of person she really was: strong, fearless, and unafraid.
For all these reasons and more, Sadie was a fantastic read. I encourage you to get your hands on this book once it hits the market. You won’t regret it!
Thank you to Netgalley, St. Martin’s Press, and Courtney Summers for giving me an opportunity to read this novel!