How far would you go to avenge the death of a loved one? Would you leave the only home you’ve ever known? Travel across the country alone? Put yourself in danger every minute of every day until the killer is found? In Courtney Summers’ newest novel, Sadie, that’s exactly what Sadie Hunter does and then some.
Sadie’s life hasn’t been the best for most of her nineteen years. But her little sister Mattie was the light in an otherwise dark existence. So when she’s found murdered, Sadie decides to search for her sister’s killer and end his life. While she makes her way to her final destination, a radio personality named West McCray begins a quest of his own. Hearing a conversation about Sadie at a gas station, he starts searching for her on his own, creating a podcast about the sisters, aptly named “The Girls.” The novel jumps between the podcast and Sadie’s own words, weaving a tale that may or may not lead to the truth. Ms. Summers is a deft storyteller, creating characters that get under your skin, for better or worse. Sadie is a character I rooted for early on, even when she wasn’t being very nice. But when you’re looking for your sister’s killer, being nice is not an option.
Sadie is definitely one to pre-order and read immediately. It was one of the most buzzed about books during Book Expo and I understand why. You will not forget this story and after reading it, you’ll want more.
Sadie will be released on September 4, 2018. Until then, you can listen to the podcast based on the novel. New episodes are available every Wednesday and you can find it wherever you listen to podcasts.