When we first started sheltering in place in Boston in early March, I was watching a lot of TV. It was still pretty cold out, so it was easy to crawl under a blanket, pick a new show and start binging. Because I had nothing else to do, one Saturday I watched 14 episodes of one show. That's some real talk.
By April, I was starting to feel like my eyes were going to fall out of my head from all the screen time. I knew I needed to find a way to occupy myself. So, I started using my wide open weekends to do more leisure reading. I tore threw The Gifted School, The Butterfly Mosque, One Day in December and Yes Please.
Just as I was looking for my next book, a friend loaned me Sadie by Courtney Summers. I hadn't heard of the book or the author, but she assured me I would get into it.
The book alternates between two narrators - Sadie, a young woman on a quest to find her sister Mattie's murderer and West, a podcast host chronicling Sadie's story in a show called "The Girls." I found this structure to be really compelling. One moment your heart is pounding as Sadie is taking all kinds of risks on the road, and the next you're glued to an interview West is conducting with Sadie's surrogate grandmother, May Beth.
Fun fact: as part of the book promotion, the publisher actually produced and released "The Girls" via Apple podcasts. You can listen here.
Throughout the entire book, the author does a superb job building suspense. Each chapter ends on a cliffhanger and you find yourself going, "Ok, just one more!"
As I was reading, I couldn't help but think what an incredible mini-series this would be. I could see it on Netflix or HBO. It reminded me a bit of Unbelievable, the show co-starring Merritt Wever and Toni Colette.
If you like true crime stories or murder mysteries, you'll race through this. I finished it in three sittings!