“Sadie” by Courtney Summers: an unexpected thriller



by Courtney Summers

My rating: 4 stars

“A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.
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.
Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page”.


Why did I read this book?

I have been following @wednesdaybooks (their Instagram account) for years now and ever since Sadie was published I have been meaning to read it. 

So… why wait so long?

Well, I don’t know if this happens to you, but when I put a book on my TBR, it is usually the last one that I add, the one that I read first (I know, it doesn’t make any sense, but now it’s an involuntary thing that I do all the time). 

So yeah, one day I was just going through my TBR, and randomly decided to read Sadie. I would’ve loved to have read it when it was first published in 2018 BUT now I’m just so glad it didn’t end up in my DNF shelf. 

Reading Experience?

It was a quick read, I loved the characters, the format, and towards the end, I just couldn’t put it down.

There were so many things going on, but it wasn’t complicated to follow along. Also, this is the first book that I have ever read from Courtney Summers so I didn’t know what to expect.

Podcast format?

The way that the story is told, from a podcast + Sadie’s POV, makes it very entertaining to follow along.

The podcast is such a creative way to introduce different characters and get to know their different POVs without having to dedicate a whole chapter to their feelings and perspectives. 

Let me explain…

There are some books that have A LOT of POVs and the thing with this is: 

sometimes some of those POVs are just not that interesting to read at all. Especially when each chapter starts with a POV from a different character.

In Sadie, there is not a single chapter that starts with “Radio Personality”. Well, it kind of does but not really. I mean, this is why the podcast format is so perfect to introduce secondary characters and their POVs. 


There are enough details to understand what’s going on without them being too “explicit”. I really appreciate this since I personally don’t like it when a traumatic event or disturbing situation is described with SO much detail. 


Through the first few chapters the timeline was soooo confusing. Of course, it all made sense when I kept on reading. Also, I had and still have a love-hate feeling towards the ending. I was just waiting for THAT scene. If you haven’t read Sadie, you will know what I’m talking about once you finish reading the book.

Realistic Characters?

Being Saide’s age when she was telling her side of the story made me connect with her on a much deeper level. There were even some parts while reading when I just started thinking about what I would’ve done in her place. 

ALL of the characters that are present or that at least appear in just one chapter have a personality. AND their OWN VOICE. Yes, ALL OF THEM. Let me tell you that one of those characters (from those small appearances) is one of my favorites. 

Worth it?

YES, 100%. 

I would totally recommend Sadie if you’re looking for a thriller with an unconventional timeline and format. It is just one of those books where you desperately have the urge to tell the characters something they don’t already know. AND there is a lot of showing rather than telling.


Your thoughts

Have you read Sadie

Are you interested in reading it? Whyyy? 

Any other thriller recommendations that I should read?

  1. jillian @ jillian etc.

    I have a copy of this book sitting in my Kindle and I’m so excited to start reading it 🙂 I’m happy to see that you enjoyed this. I love thrillers and mystery surrounding events and plot twists. Seeing the transcripts and the nature of the book’s narration, this sounds like a really good audiobook. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this 🙂 I can’t wait to read it.

    jillian @ <a href=www.jillian etc. jillian etc.

    • val @behindthatstory

      I love it when thrillers have plot twists too! It’s one of my favorite things about this type of genre tbh. Once you finish reading Sadie I would love to hear about your opinion on the plot and the book in general!?

  2. Lara @ Words With Lara

    Yesss I’ve read this! Although I was totally late to the game too, and didn’t read it until the start of this year. I’m always wary of overhyped books, but this one was totally worth it! I’m glad you enjoyed it as much as I did!

    • val @behindthatstory

      My expectations for overhyped books often are really high so I’m always worried about reading them too ?! So, yeah I’m so glad it did end up being worth it 🙂

  3. Lovelene

    I love this book so much. I don’t know if I ever stopped talking about this book haha I listened to the audiobook to this, and it was amazing!

    • val @behindthatstory

      Yessss it’s amazing. I can’t believe it took me so long to finally pick it up and read it ? (but I’m so glad I did). I haven’t “read” the audiobook (yet) but I know it will be amazing as well

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