Year 13, Book 27

27. Sadie by Courtney Summers

Sadie was born to an addicted mother who brought a steady stream of men through her life. The one thing she lived for was keeping her younger sister Mattie safe until Mattie turns up murdered. The murder has gone unsolved and now Sadie herself has gone missing. Sadie’s story comes to the attention of West McCray a podcast host who takes on the mystery to see if he can figure out what happened to these sisters. The story is told alternating between chapters that are written as if they were transcripts of the podcast episodes and what is actually happening in Sadie’s life to fill in the gaps and finally bring everything together.

With the current craze towards podcasts like Serial it was an interesting exercise to use that format in a book. Even though this is fictional I can see people who are drawn to those types of narratives enjoying this book. I give it a 7 out of 10.

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