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Sadie by Courtney Summers

Sadie was a book that showed up on my Amazon list as a book “I might like”. I thought it sounded intriguing and then I checked Audible. If you have never used Audible (audiobooks) let me just tell how wonderful it is to listen to a book. I always, always have a book that I can listen to even if I am reading another book (and I always have that going on, too!)

I always listen to the samples, because let’s face it, sometimes the narrator’s voice is just cringe-worthy. Sadie’s sample was amazing and get this: a whole cast of people narrated the book. So, I knew I had to listen to Sadie!

Sadie by Courtney Summers is an interesting tale of Sadie's trek to find the person that killed her younger sister. The chapters alternate with a "podcast" of the mystery.

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The first thing that happened as I started listening to this book is that I thought I had received the wrong item with the download. The book started off with music and an intro for a podcast called “The Girls”. Now, this is where the book became really intriguing.

The chapters alternate with Sadie’s story and a podcast about the investigation into her story. So, with one chapter you have the podcast host, West McCray, interviewing someone in Sadie’s life, and in the next chapter, you have Sadie’s point of view as the events unfold. Think about it… something happens to Sadie as she encounters people on her journey. Then in the next chapter, the podcast host is interviewing those people who tell that part of the story from their point of view.

So, what is the story? Sadie was living in a small town and raising her younger sister, Mattie. Mixed into Sadie’s past are men that stayed over and lived with her mother. And, at least one of those men was abusive to the girls.

Then Mattie is killed.

Sadie believes she knows who killed Mattie and she sets out on a journey to find the man.

Sadie is hindered by a personal dilemma as she has a severe stutter. In times of stress, she cannot speak and is often misunderstood. The narrator who voiced Sadie was awesome.

Sadie’s saga of a cross-country trek is a race in time to get to the ending before the ending of the podcast investigation. Which version will you learn about first? More importantly, does Sadie survive? After all, she is chasing a killer. Who helps her along the way? Her mother, her grandmother, or strangers?

I think you will love Sadie and the book! I enjoyed the race with her to find the man that hurt Mattie. I especially loved the format with a full cast of voices for all the characters in the book.

I give this one 4.5 stars- the extra is for the unique style with the added investigation in podcast form. If you decide to try this one I recommend you grab it as an audiobook. I will link you to a free listen on Audible below.

My rating system: 5 stars means perfection- the book was written well, held my attention, and I did not want it to end. 4 stars- the book was really good, but I had questions or concerns about parts of it. This might include the way it ended. 3 stars- the book was okay, but I just didn’t like it much. 2 stars- I skimmed most of it. 1 star- I could not finish it.

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Sadie by Courtney Summers is an interesting tale of Sadie's trek to find the person that killed her younger sister. The chapters alternate with a "podcast" of the mystery.