If you get the opportunity to read this, please opt for the audiobook! IT IS FANTASTIC, so much so that I blew through it in less than a day! It’s a great story in itself, but the Audible version takes it to the next level with complex sound production and an ensemble cast.
This is every part as gripping as season one of Serial. The divergent timelines and dual perspectives of the podcaster and Sadie mean that while we know more than the podcaster, we somehow know just as little as the podcaster. Sadie’s able to fill in some of the blanks for us, but we’re nevertheless at the mercy of the author, waiting desperately for Courtney Summers to give us the truth of what happened.
It can be a tough read at times owing to the dark themes, but this is by far the most gripping book I've read all year and is deserving of every bit of praise it gets.
*Thanks to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.* '"And it begins, as so many stories do, with a dead girl." What is there not to love about a beginning like that? Sadie' is a haunting novel about the novel's namesake, Sadie who leaves her small American town of Cold Creek to find revenge and redemption. The novel is told partially via the character of West McCray who is creating a podcast series on small, forgotten towns of America. Sadie is a carefully constructed, imperfect character, who talks with a lisp, can't forgive her mother and loved her baby sister Mattie dearly. At times, I found the plot jumped around a little bit and there were many characters of whom to keep track. However, the haunting beauty of the writing made up for this, which is why I gave it 4 stars.
This is the first book by Courtney Summers that I have ever read. Calling this book entertaining feels wrong and overall I didn't really enjoy it...this book deals strongly with child sexual abuse and if I had known that I wouldn't not have wanted to read it (nothing in the blurb mentioned the abuse part). Overall I found the book extremely dark and depressing with a sad ending. However I give it 3 stars as the style of writing is hard to fault and you can definitely see why Courtney has so many fans as she definitely has talent. If you don't mind dark topics then I recommend this book to read.
Thank you to the publishers for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.