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Sadie by Courtney Summers



But love is complicated, it’s messy. It can inspire selflessness, selfishness, our greatest accomplishments and our hardest mistakes. It brings us together and it can just as easily drive us apart.

It can drive us.

Title: Sadie
Publication Date: 4th September 2018
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Genre: Contemporary / Thriller / Investigative


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 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.


Sadie is the first book that I have picked up written by Courtney Summers, I have seen everywhere that Summers is “no newbie” to the genre of contemporary thrillers. Courtney Summers really wrote an amazing story when she put Sadie out there for all of us to read. Written in a format I have never read anywhere, “The Girls” (yes, you can listen to it!) podcast opens the story for us with. I found this so intriguing and was one of my most favourite things about the book! We also read from Sadie’s perspective and how she sees the events unfolding while the podcast chases along behind her. These alternating perspectives really added deep levels to the storytelling and was a refreshing format to read.

The characters were written about and developed throughout the book with incredible attention and care. Summers added layer upon layer to her characters and how they transformed throughout the story. It felt like I was reading a true story, the characters were incredibly relatable, I had had a similar childhood to Sadie (poor, drug addiction, alcoholism-related trauma) and it felt like I knew her. Sadie really showed her strength, love and her resolve whilst facing life-changing trauma. I was drawn in by her story and her love for her sister Mattie. Summers really brought to life the characters and the landscape of the midwest/rural regions of America.

Sadie is an incredible story of a young woman and her love for her sister. I loved how realistic the story felt. I listen to a lot of true crime podcasts and investigative journalism podcasts so this really piqued my interest. I was engrossed in the story and it just felt like I was reading the sad story of girls spoken about in podcasts whilst also getting to read their perspective as well. I thoroughly enjoyed Sadie, it might have been the first story that I read by Courtney Summers BUT it certainly won’t be the last.



Please be advised that there are quite a few triggering issues that are discussed throughout the book. I do recommend that individuals who are sensitive to topics such as violence, child abuse, rape, drug addiction, and alcoholism take heed and read the synopsis before taking on the novel.


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