My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: September 4th, 2018
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mystery, Abuse, Family Drama, Siblings
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.
Sadie’s sister—the light of her life—was taken from her, murdered.
Now, Sadie is out for blood. She’s going to find Mattie’s murderer, whatever the cost. She won’t stop at anything until she holds the heart of the bastard who destroyed Sadie’s reason to live in her hands and plunges a knife right into it.
I loved Sadie.
This may seem like a shocking statement, but Sadie is a good person. She may have dark thoughts and an even darker past, but deep down she is a human being who suffers 24/7. She didn’t ask to be abused. She didn’t ask to grow up faster than imaginable.
Courtney Summers is an author who isn’t afraid to tackle heavy issues. She’s a hit or miss—BECAUSE of how audacious she is—but there isn’t a book from her that left me completely or partly indifferent. She’s not someone I can shrug off. Her words reach the deepest parts of me.
It’s terrifying. Reading her, that is. I can never know if I’m going to cry, feel helpless, scared or overjoyed. I wouldn’t bet on the last one if I were you. Chances are, when I finish one of her books, I will slowly go to a quiet corner of my room, drop on my knees, and let all the salty water fall from my eyes.
The only part of this book that made me narrow my eyes in incomprehension was the ending. I’m not exactly *surprised* the author did this to us, and part of me—the reasonable one—wants to argue that it’s a realistic last chapter, but I am not satisfied. I like concrete answers. Too much in a human being’s life is unsure, so I am expecting book endings to at least give me what I want.
But that’s not a reason not to pick up this book, especially since it deserves to be read and Sadie will feel as realistic to you as the—what’s deeply twisted?—Twizzlers you just ate.
Follow me on: