Author: Courtney Summers
Released: September 4th, 2018
Genre(s): Young Adult, Mystery
Page Count: 311
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.
“People don’t change. They just get better at hiding who they really are.”
Content Warnings: pedophilia, rape/sexual assault, murder.
I feel like I’m the only one that feels underwhelmed with this book. It did not live up to the hype. I’m not happy with this book. I’m giving this book three stars because I enjoyed the audiobook. If you do want to read this book, go the audio route. It has a full cast and the podcast parts are actually done as a podcast. A lot of work went into the audiobook. That’s where the three stars is going.
I was scrolling through Goodreads and felt bad that I didn’t see any negative reviews. Well, I may be one of the few that didn’t like this book. That’s fine. Not everyone has to like everything that’s out in the book community. I can at least say I gave this book a chance.
“Every little thing about you can be a weapon, you’re clever enough.”
This story follows Sadie, a girl who is looking for the man who killed her sister. Again, a Scooby-Doo trope. One that I dislike. Sadie is now a missing person. I mean, that wasn’t a shocker. That tends to happen when kids get involved in things they should not.
We get to follow Sadie while she’s doing her own investigation. We meet a great many of people who she meets that help lead her to her “father”. I honestly didn’t like Sadie. She was hardly ever nice to people and the way she thought was just mean sometimes. I can see that she’s trying to get answers but I feel like she goes about it the wrong way. Constantly thinking she’s “dangerous.”
I feel like she really made herself seem as if she were dangerous. I feel like she brainwashed herself. All I saw while listening to this book was a scared girl who didn’t know what she was doing.
“I can’t take another dead girl.”
If I didn’t listen to this book on audio, it would have gotten a lower rating. The audiobook is simply amazing. I just wish the story line was better. I also really hated the ending. It’s garbage.