"Relentless & Visceral" Sadie by Courtney Summers Review

Thursday, September 6, 2018

I received an arc from the publisher for review consideration (thanks Wednesday Books!) this in no way affected my review, cross my heart.

Courtney Summers' latest novel follows nineteen year-old Sadie, and her relentless and visceral hunt for her little sister's killer. The story is told through intertwining chapters that alternate between Sadie's point of view and excerpts from a podcast that's trying to retrace her path and track her down.

Synopsis & Details:


Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched read more... police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie's story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie's journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it's too late.

Title: Sadie
Series: N/A
Author: Courtney Summers
Publication Date: September 4th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Young Adult

In switching between the two perspectives, Sadie more strongly retained my attention,


as the different formats: a traditional first person narrative and a more unique script style to reflect the podcast, provided variety to my reading experience. It also helped create a lot of suspense, as often the chapters would end on cliffhangers, which really kept me engrossed in the book, as I'd have to wait till the next next chapter to finally find out what happens next.

I was first attracted to this book because it's true crime podcast element.


I had recently finished binging the Serial podcast, and was hungry for more, and Sadie hit just the right spot. It really manages to capture the essence of a podcast and translates it onto the page quite well. Honestly, I hope this book is made into an audiobook, because it would make such a wonderful audiobook due to it's podcast-esque chapters.

Everything is revealed quite slowly and naturally.


I don't quite know quite how to put this, but all the reveals of information felt like they came at just the right time, and happened organically in the storyline. My only complaint would be that, because of the slow pace at which Sadie revealed crucial information, I was bit confused at points; however, I think this may have been intentional on the part of the author to add to the mystery of the novel.

Rating: 4/5 Stars


Do you like true crime? Any podcasts, documentaries, or novels you'd recommend?