Rating: 5/5 stars
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Fiction
I didn’t know what to tell her. That I tried not to think about that kind of stuff, because it was painful, because I thought I could ever have it, but when I did end up liking someone, it always made me ache right down to my core. I realized pretty early on that the who didn’t really matter so much. That anybody who listens to me, I end up loving them just a little.
I have to admit, getting this book as an AudioBook is the best call I made in regards to this story. The cast of the AudioBook is extremely talented and helps me jump into the story every time I can press play. I don’t think that I’d be able to follow the story as well as I have if I were reading it with eyes. Not to mention the fact that you’d be missing out on the amazing storytelling that comes with listening to a podcast type story rather than reading it on a page. In my opinion, if you’re going to pick Sadie up you should really try the AudioBook version of this story. It just brings so much to the story that you’d otherwise be missing.
Looking at the writing itself, I love the way that Summers deals with the “issue” of having a stutter and peoples reaction to it. My aunt is a speech and has dealt with many cases of stutters throughout her career. Because of this, I know how amazing of a job Summers does at depicting what having a heavy stutter is like. It’s not easy going about your days with a stutter and even worse when you know that people are looking down at you for it and there’s nothing you can do about it. The truth of the matter is not everyone has the luxury of visiting a speech pathologist, instead having to live their lives with something – like a stutter – knowing that there’s a chance something could have been done to “fix” it. Sadie does quite well for someone who is constantly looked down on and belittled for her stutter. And though it may not be in spoken words, Sadie has a strong mind and a lot to say.
Summers also did a good job at keeping me on my toes as the story progressed. It took me a while to get into the story itself but as soon as I did the fact that the story continued to switch between Sadie’s perspective and West McCray’s radio story keep me enthralled. I loved the way that the story flipped between the two, allowing for a glimpse into what happened from Sadie’s perspective and how each person she interacted with saw the situation, what they got from meeting Sadie.
If you’re looking for a great fast-paced mystery, I highly recommend picking Sadie up.
While I don’t like the fact that there’s multiple child molesters in this story, I do like the fact that Sadie was able to bring one to justice. Silas Baker is an awful human that deserved what he got. So did Keith/Darin/whoever. Silas might put up a good front, but it seems that it’s not uncommon for the pillar of a society to actually hide a nefarious side. I feel bad for his family, but I also find it hard to believe they lived their whole lives without seeing any signs that he wasn’t what he appeared to be. Heck, his own sister seemed to know exactly what he was, even if she refused to do anything about it.
I’m thrilled that Sadie managed to get “Keith” by the end, even if it came at the cost of her own life (like I suspect). His death isn’t a shame at all. For all the girls that Sadie helped save, for every name and trophy he didn’t get to collect, I celebrate his death.
I absolutely love the way that the story is told, how Sadie’s perspective cuts off when she gets bludgeoned on the head trying to go after Mattie’s murderer. It leaves the ending even more of a mystery than it would have otherwise been since West McCray couldn’t possibly gather everything for his show. How could he when the one with the most answers remains missing?
The fact that the show continues on after Sadie’s perspective is gone was beautifully done and is what cemented this as a 5 star read for me. The reader gets to know more of the story than Sadie probably ever did – namely “Keith’s” death. We get to hear how people react to everything that Sadie has done, to finding out that she succeeded in ending a molester’s life and closed Mattie’s death’s case (even if she didn’t think she’d succeeded when she died).
My heart hurts to know that Sadie’s the one that sent Mattie the postcard from “Claire”. To know that she did anything she possibly could have to ensure her sister had the will to live. While Mattie was Sadie’s whole world, she knew her sister needed more than her, she knew that Mattie needed the illusion of her mother’s love. It made it harder to hear that Claire had barely been a couple of hours away and never spared her children a moment.
I love how West McCray hopes Sadie is alive because too many girls have gone missing.