After her sister Mattie is murdered, Sadie is on the hunt for her killer. We follow her story in two parts, through Sadie’s eyes and via transcription of a podcast that is being done about Mattie’s death and Sadie’s disappearance.
West McCray, the man who is doing the podcast, is clearly vested in Sadie’s story. It’s easy to think that people investigating such things just don’t care, but you don’t get that vibe at all with West. This was definitely not an easy read, because Sadie has been through a lot in her life. Her mother is addicted to drugs and has a parade of men coming through her life. One of those men molests Sadie for almost a year. Sadie also has a stutter which has made her a bit of an outcast because people think she must not be smart.
I did feel that Sadie’s quest was a bit of a fool’s errand. It’s clear she didn’t have a ton of money saved or the street smarts to go about hunting down a man. She gets herself into a few situations that are dangerous and the only protection she has is a switchblade. But I can see why she felt she had to do this.
We learn so much about Sadie’s relationship with her sister and her mother. I appreciated that the relationship between Sadie and Mattie was honest, it wasn’t perfect, because it never really is. I thought the way the story was told in alternating parts was creative. You also don’t get all the information out at once, rather you get it in pieces throughout the book, which packs an emotional impact. This was not an easy read, but it’s definitely a book you will want to read straight through without stopping. I’m looking forward to reading more of Summers’ works.