BOOK REVIEW: SADIE BY COURTNEY SUMMERS
Title: Sadie Author: Courtney Summers Publisher: St. Martin's Press Release date: September 4th 2018 Genre: Young Adult Mystery
I received this book in exchange for an honest review
This book tells the story of Sadie, a girl that never had it easy in life. But then, everything that’s in her life comes tumbling down when her younger sister is found murdered. Her story is a dark one, it’s a sad story with a lot of violence and a lot of injustice that no one should ever go trough, this is especially true for a child. Summers succeeds in painting a brilliant, dark story that never feels “depressing”. I really don’t like depressing stories, I read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and The Girl on the train by Paula Hing. So, although this story certainly isn’t a happy one, it’s not so dark that I got depressed from reading it. It’s a gripping story and it’s a real page turner.
The story is told from two different points of view. The first point of view is, of course, Sadie. She goes looking for the killer of her younger sister and we follow her throughout her journey. The other point of view is a true crime radio show. This was an unique way of telling a story I hadn’t encountered before! It made the story that much more interesting. many things that were told on the radio show were things we already knew, but because we got a lot more background info through it and because people often tell different stories to different people, it was never boring and it made the story more real and lifelike.
It’s a bit heavy for a young adult book, I don’t mean it’s inappropriate to call it YA, because that’s definitely what it’s supposed to be categorised as. It’s just a lot more dark than I’m used to in this genre. Which makes it a surprisingly fresh and unique read. The darkness compared with the lighter feel that a YA novel always has (at least for me that’s the case) make it a great read.
The ending completely wrecked me. I can’t say anything more without giving away to much. I’m just going to say that I hated it and loved it at the same time. Such a powerful story about love and what people are willing to go trough for their loved ones. This book is certainly a must read!