Genres: Young Adult Thriller, Mystery, Contemporary
When Sadie finds out her sister Mattie has been murdered, her world falls apart. There was precious little in her life to make it worth it, and now with Mattie gone, nothing will stop her from getting revenge on the man who killed her. Told in a podcast style as the journalist West McCray investigates and tells the story of Sadie and Mattie, its unique story-telling is great to listen to.
Sadie was a book I had both high and low expectations on: I’d heard the audiobook was amazing, but I hadn’t heard more on the blurb than that, so I hardly knew what the book was even about when I started it. It took me a good third of the book to really get into it – while the narration IS fantastic, Sadie’s character starts out as basically nothing but anger and thinking she’s super dangerous and is going to kill a man, but nothing in her really inspired me to believe she WAS dangerous or anything more than her anger. But as the book progresses, and her character gets fleshed out a lot more, along with the complicated, imperfect people in her life telling their sides of the story, my heart started aching for her, for all she went through and all she lost.
Sadie isn’t my favorite character in this book, but that did not stop me from enjoying it and being absolutely hooked. It was mind-blowing and I got chills from listening to it. I really endorse everyone’s suggestion that you get it as an audiobook, the full cast does a great job. I have to say I was surprised to find so much empathy in my heart for her mother and other characters I didn’t expect to care about much. Sadie shines when it comes to empathizing with the imperfection of being human, causing pain and surviving pain.
I can’t stop thinking about that ending. This book is explosive, full of hurt and anger and does not flinch away from the ugliness of abuse, of being a missing girl, of being completely alone.
Trigger Warnings: child abuse, pedophilia, murder, violence, drug abuse, alcoholism, child abandonment.