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Sadie (Female), Grew up on her own; raises her sister; searches for her sister's killer
West McCray (), Radio personality, Becomes obsessed with finding Sadie's sister's killer
Young adult
Missing persons
Small town life
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Publishers Weekly Review

"I can't take another dead girl." That's why May Beth Foster asks radio reporter West McCray to help find 19-year-old Sadie, May Beth's trailer park neighbor and honorary granddaughter. Sadie took off from her home in Cold Creek, Colo., when Mattie, the 13-year-old sister she practically raised, was murdered. (Their mother, an addict whose boyfriends came and went, is absent.) Despite a stutter that's gotten her teased and bullied, Sadie is brave unto recklessness, and she won't rest until she finds the man she thinks killed her sister. West, initially reluctant to get involved, lets May Beth's grief and his boss's urging to start a podcast goad him into starting the search for Sadie. The resulting true-crime podcast alternates with Sadie's first-person narration from the road, West's knowledge usually lagging behind what readers know from traveling with the driven, grieving Sadie. Initially distracting, the podcast becomes an effective way to build out backstory and let myriad characters have their say. The result is a taut, suspenseful book about abuse and power that feels personal, as if Summers (All the Rage), like May Beth and West, can't take one more dead or abused girl. Readers may well feel similarly. Ages 13-up. Agent: Amy Tipton, FinePrint. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A missing girl on a journey of revenge and a Serial--like podcast following the clues she's left behind. 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.Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.
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