Published by Wednesday Books (9.4.2018)
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 311 pages
Source: I own it
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 meagre 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.
Going into this book, I honestly didn’t think I was going to enjoy it as much as I did! This book surprised me in a good way!
I absolutely loved the format. It’s told in alternating POVs – one being Sadie, the other being a podcast. It was SO cool!! And the way it was written keeps you interested and makes this book unputdownable! I gobbled it up in one single sitting, which is something I haven’t done in ages. Each chapter ends in a mini cliffhanger too, so it keeps you going!
This book was so tragic! I just felt so bad for Sadie. I found myself cheering for her, wishing that she would find retribution! Also, THAT ENDING. View Spoiler »I am SO PISSED about that ending. It’s bad enough that we didn’t get any closure, but for Sadie to go so far and make it through so much, and for her not to get closure? Fucking tragic, man. It kills me that she has no idea she got the bastard, because she’s likely dead and didn’t get to see him die before she passed. « Hide Spoiler
I loved the podcasts too! I really liked how the story followed different timelines, so you had no idea where things were going to go. You only get small snippets of the story at a time, which kept me guessing! I definitely recommend this book, even if you’re not a fan of thrillers! It wasn’t something I’d usually ever reach for, but I’m glad I did. For once stepping outside of my genre comfort zone really paid off!
Writing style: 4/5
Overall rating: 4/5
I didn’t know about the format of this book. I love podcasts, so this intrigues me. Thanks for the review–I love that the book surprised you and that you found Sadie to be someone to cheer for. Now I need to read it for the ending you mentioned.