I’m back with another book review! This one took me a bit longer than it should have to get through – I was sick for about a week, and I was very busy when I finally got to feeling more human. Without further rambling, I’ll jump into this post!
So I’ll first start by saying, wow, okay, this is a good book, but it took a lot darker of a turn than I was expecting it to, and honestly, once I got to that turning point, I was a little afraid to keep reading because I didn’t want to read anything graphic – thankfully it doesn’t get graphic though! I think this book is very important and eye-opening, especially with the #MeToo movement going around.
A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.
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 meager 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.
One issue I had with this book was that it was all such a huge, beautiful mystery that kind of jumps around and leaves the reader with a lot of unanswered questions and loose ends, which is an interesting way to tell the story in my opinion, right up until one point where EVERYTHING came out. To me, it felt like the author was trying to wrap it all up faster than she needed to and was trying to make it as shocking as possible. Don’t get me wrong, it was a really good book and I was definitely eager to read more and more every time I sat down to read, I just feel like there could have been a little more.
Now, as a person, the concept of the story is scary, real, and eye-opening. As a mom, it’s terrifying. I’ve been seeing increasingly more and more stories like this coming up in the news and people like the man Sadie is searching for being released with a slap on the wrist, and it’s terrifying. I hate thinking that anything even remotely similar to this could ever happen to Basil or any child for that matter.
Basically, the book was a very good but difficult read, yet kind of childish in the way everything was exposed, and very eye-opening. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone that’s into a young adult thriller type of book. It’s got a very eerie vibe and the author is very good at making sure it doesn’t go away for the duration of the book.
I think I would rate this book 4.5/5 stars because although it was very good and well written, I didn’t like how everything tied up and finished off so quickly.
But love is complicated, it’s messy. It can inspire selflessness, selfishness, our greatest accomplishments and our hardest mistakes. It brings us together and it can just as easily drive us apart.
Every little thing about you can be a weapon, if you’re clever enough.
People don’t change. They just be better at hiding who they really are.
Paul taught me a person committed to silence can suggest importance, strength. So long as they’re a man, I mean. It’s not an option when you’re a girl, not unless you want people to think you’re a bitch.
Or maybe you get so used to the mess of home you convince yourself over time everything’s exactly where it belongs.
Thanks for reading!!