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 meager 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.
Major Trigger Warnings for Molestation, Suicide Attempt, Drug Addiction, Murder.
Where do I even begin? This was not what I expected at all and I’m left with so many questions. I do highly recommend reading along with the audiobook as it makes the experience so much better. The narrators did such a fantastic job.
Your MC is Sadie (obviously) her sister Mattie has been murdered. Her mother has drug addiction problems and has left the girls. She is left picking up the pieces of her life afterward and doesn’t know what she’s living for anymore. She goes on a wild journey to find her sisters killer and kill him herself.
Sadie is such a loyal sister even when they were fighting and hurting each other. Sadie looked after Mattie and protected her even if that meant hurting herself in such ways that are so sad but you can’t help but admire her for protecting her sister. It was so incredibly sad to watch her carry all the guilt and bare that journey alone.
The writing in this book is fantastic and so unique with the dual perspective the way the author wrote it.
One thing I enjoyed about the book was the dual perspective. You flip back and forth between Sadie and West McCray each at a similar point in the story but 5 months apart. West McCray’s podcast added such a unique touch to the book instead of reading about a reporters take you get to hear West interact with everyone that Sadie has been in contact with and her family.
Sadie takes you on such a journey and the writing is beautifully done. you can’t help but feel sad for Sadie and hopeful at the same time. What both of these girls have been through is so heartbreaking and is more trauma than one should ever experience in a lifetime.
Now there are some major triggers in this book. 1 for drug abuse as the mom had fought it all the girl’s life and it also mentions boyfriends drug use. 2. Molestation, one of the boyfriends has a bad past and does something that is well quite disgusting. 3 attempted suicide, the mother talks about after she found out about Mattie she tried to kill herself. 4 Murder.
Overall this was way more than I expected it to be and I loved every minute listening to it. I went in not knowing much, but god it was such an experience and journey. I hope you all get a chance to listen to this amazing book.
Have you read Sadie? What did you think?