Read: August 2018
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.
Thank you to Raincoast Books for a copy of this book for review!
I had been hearing so much about the latest book from Courtney Summers that when it came time to pack books for an upcoming vacation, I had to throw it in my bag. Based on what everyone was saying, this book was a major page turner and thrilling until the very end!
And they definitely weren’t wrong! This book had me addicted within a few pages and I just had to know where the story was going.
I really loved the format this was written in, with the main chapters narrated by Sadie alternating with podcast episode transcriptions. It was a great way to make the novel stand out without it getting epistolary. It was really interesting to get West McCray, the podcast narrator’s, thoughts on Sadie, the murder of her sister, and see him follow the path she took based on the clues left behind.
This novel was super dark and I wouldn’t say that it finished with any great resolution of hope or anything – if anything, it’s left a bit open-ended, which I normally don’t like, but it seemed to work with this book. But there’s nothing really within this story to lighten up the mood – it’s dark and gritty and quite terrifying if you’re a parent (and even if you’re not).
At any rate, it was a nice break from the usual type of thriller I read. Courtney Summers has a great way of telling a story that really gets you hooked.