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. (From Goodreads)
Thank you Wednesday Books for gifting me a copy of this book, and for inviting me on to the Blog Tour. All opinions are my own.
I rate this book a 5 out of 5 Stars.
Going into this book, I thought I was going to be reading a YA Thriller, but this book exceeds anything I could have imagined. It’s so much more, I wasn’t prepared for this book, and I wasn’t prepared for the subject matter. Once I finished it, I had felt like something inside of me had broken. I had such a visceral reaction to it. I saw myself as Sadie, and Mattie. I knew first hand what they had experienced. I probably shouldn’t have kept reading it, but I couldn’t put it down. I had to follow through, and I had to see where Sadie was. I still can’t get over this book, and every time I think about it, my heart races. When I got to the end, I may have shed a few tears. The story of Sadie and Mattie, rocked me to my core. I think some readers are going to grow an attachment to it more than other readers, but I think everyone that reads it, is going to enjoy it, for many reasons.
As far as the podcast format, I loved it, and I think it was so well done, I also appreciated the alternating chapters between Sadie, and “The Girls” Podcast. I also appreciated the chapters ending in the way you did, each one was like a mini cliffhanger, both leaving me wanting more, and not letting me have the ability to put the book down. This was my first Courtney Summers read, and I feel like now that I’ve read this book, and I have seen the amazing ability she has to pull her readers in, I will be a fan for life, and I will read whatever she has available! This was such an incredible story about the love between sisters, and the primal instinct to take care of someone you love. Having a sibling step in, and raise you in lieu of your own parent is something I am familiar with as well. I think Summers did a fantastic job writing about every sensitive subject in this book, and it made reading it, easier to take.
But love is complicated, it’s messy. It can inspire selflessness, selfishness, our greatest accomplishments, and our hardest mistakes. It brings up together and it can just as easily drive us apart.It can drive us. – Courtney Summers