And it begins, as so many stories do, with a dead girl.
My rating: 5 Stars
Published: September 2018
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Format: Hardcover, 308 Pages
This book absolutely blew me away. It is raw, gut-wrenchingly brutal and an all-around unforgettable experience. If I wasn’t crying I had goosebumps the whole entire time I was reading this. Courtney Summers writing has completely delivered an amazing hard hitting topic that truly leaves you haunted. The story format was so unique and well executed I had to remind myself over and over that this is a YA fiction novel and not a true crime.
This novel is unique in the fact that is told from a popular podcast and the first person narrative of Sadie our main Character. A few years back a friend referred a true crime investigative podcast to me called Up And Vanished which I became completely enthralled by (if you like true crime and podcasts I highly recommend this one) and this novel reminded me so much of that, which I think is the creepiest and most haunting aspect of this book. And that is fiction that it may be unfortunately these events can very well be real and we live in world where terrible things happen to young women and Sadie nails that topic right on the head. With that being said there are some trigger warnings with this one such as violence, sexual abuse, and alcohol and drug abuse.
“She’s dead,” I whisper and I don’t know why this is the thing I choose to say out loud because it hurts to say it, to feel the truth of those words pass my lips, to have them be real in this world, But she’s dead is the reason I’m still alive. She’s dead is the reason I’m going to kill a man.
West McCray a popular radio personality finds himself in the tiny town of Cold Creek, Colorado investigating a missing runaway Sadie Hunter. His initial thoughts where girls go missing all the time and wants to blow it off but after West’s boss West finds out that Sadie has ran away after the brutal murder of her younger sister Mattie to his dismay his boss decides it’s worth looking into and that the story is there he just has to find it.
Sadie has just had her world ripped out from beneath her. But with the money she has saved and the switch blade in her pocket she has a plan. Sadie takes us on a dark and dangerous road trip, piecing together the few clues she has to hunt down the man who took her sisters life. Sadie is determined, fearless and she wants revenge.
Alternating back and forth between Sadie’s first person narrative and the podcast transcripts together, we embark on a suspenseful mystery uncovering clues along each step. The experience will have you biting your nails and leaves you utterly shaken.