Sadie – Review

img_8451Many thanks to Wednesday Books and Netgalley for the chance to read and review this novel early.

It seems like Sadie is everywhere in the book world right now, with rave reviews being given right and left. I just knew it would be my kind of read – I can’t get enough of vengeance-seeking females. I crave justice in this world more than anything, but can’t find a way to right every wrong of the world, especially the wrongs done to children, so I depend on fiction to give me the satisfaction of seeing people get their just desserts. The world can be cruel to women, many of us end up broken in irreparable ways before we even enter adulthood. Sadie takes readers to the hard and heavy parts of a female’s world, without being overly descriptive in the details. I really appreciated the author’s ability to convey some of the worst things that can happen to a woman, without making the story graphic or difficult to read. One knows, without having to know.


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.

The writing in this story is spectacular. I can’t begin to convey how enveloping the whole story was. I felt like I was on the road with Sadie, when she was uncomfortable in the car for hours on end, I was uncomfortable; when her hands ached from holding the steering wheel tightly, my hands ached; when she was utterly exhausted, I felt it, too. I was able to imagine without being inundated with tedious description. Sadie was lost and didn’t want to be found, but still craved human connection and love. She was made hard and cynical but still had a softness in her soul, despite the terrible things she had experienced. She had a soul-hollowing loneliness about her that was incredibly heartbreaking to behold. Yet, I truly loved everything about her character and was rooting for her throughout the story.

“Sometimes I don’t know what I miss more; everything I’ve lost or everything I never had.”

I especially enjoyed the changing perspectives between Sadie’s point-of-view and West McCray’s podcast as he interviews Sadie’s friends, acquaintances, and family. This allowed me to get to know a variety of characters without having to delve fully into their minds, giving a viewpoint I haven’t experienced in a novel before. I was incredibly impressed with how well-done the podcast part of the story was done. It kept the mystery alive as we followed weeks behind Sadie’s actions.

This was a slightly slower read for me, I think because it was so incredibly immersive and heavy, yet I couldn’t get enough. Even as the story ended (and that ending!!!), I wanted more! I was torn between four and five stars, so I decided a half star was in order here. This was thought-provoking and one of the most realistic works of fiction I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. If you’re into darker reads and broken characters, I can’t recommend this book enough.

Purchase on Amazon!


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