Thanks to the publisher for sending me a free copy of this book.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.
I have been struggling for the last several days to come up with a way to explain my reaction to this book. It rocked my world, but it also destroyed me. I mean, Sadie as a narrator was both brilliant and devastating. Seriously. I’m fairly certain Summers ripped my heart out, threw it on the ground, stomped on it with soccer cleats, then walked away leaving me to put myself back together.
First, let’s talk about the format. Loved it! This mix of media’s was such a fun and engaging way to tell the story; a podcast coming at the story from “now”, and Sadie’s viewpoint coming from “then”. I’ve always enjoyed stories that have two timelines meeting in the middle, if you will.
Second, the characters. The topic of the story was pretty intense in itself, but the characters, especially Sadie, brought it to life in such a vivid way. To the point that I can picture every single one of the people who had a role in this book. They came alive for me so quickly and stayed planted in my mind.
And finally, the storyline. Brilliant and devastating, with an ending that still guys me every time I think of that one scene. (If you’ve read the book, you know exactly which one I’m talking about.) This book is officially taking up residence on my “Top Reads of 2018” list.
Highly recommend. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Books stats: Hardcover, 320 pages, Wednesday Books, September 4, 2018