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The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton @AuthorSJBolton @StMartinsPress #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

We thought today would be the perfect day to share one of our favorite creepy-good, Halloween reads!!!   There is something more than just secrets buried in this story!!!

The Craftsman by Sharon J. Bolton

Web_L143-2_brunette_green-eyesBrenda’s review

Sharon Bolton is a favorite author for me and I was really excited to add The Craftsman to the Traveling Sisters group reads.  Seven Traveling Sisters joined in on this sister read and a couple sisters have now added Sharon Bolton to there list of favorite authors.

The Craftsman has all the elements here with the atmospheric setting and buried secrets, disturbing and claustrophobic crime, a brew of witches and the supernatural lurching to make this story an entertaining, and deliciously creepy yet disturbing at times story.

The story starts off with an intriguing and creepy scene that sets the story up perfectly.  We are then taken back to the past and are drawn into a gruesome and disturbing crime that would have anyone feeling claustrophobic.   We start to get to know our main character Florence and loved how different she is from other female characters in a police procedural. She is fierce, strong and independent at a time when women were treated like they shouldn’t be.  She faces challenges here with strength and determination. She is driven not by her own personal demons but by her independence and need to prove herself.

We all loved the setting here with the small town and its mysterious characters and the buried secrets they hold.  The setting comes alive with its spine-chilling danger and we could feel the terror the characters felt in this story.  We loved the real danger and the magical and supernatural danger to the story.

We highly recommend this one to thrillers lovers looking for a little something different.  You will be sure to read something different here with this story.

Web_L077-3_brunette_brown-eyesNorma’s review

Whoa! That was one awesome read…..and because I can’t help myself! Holy Shooty Balls that was some book!!

Chilling, gripping & unputdownable!

I absolutely loved this book and it was definitely my kind of story!  I love creepy suspenseful books with supernatural aspects to it and this one definitely satisfied my craving for an excellent spooky, spine-chilling and suspenseful read!

THE CRAFTSMAN by SHARON BOLTON is a dark, disturbing, tension-filled and an absolutely fantastic psychological thriller that had me totally engrossed, entertained and interested throughout this entire book.  I was immediately drawn into this story and not once did I lose interest. In fact, it had me on the edge of my seat with feelings of excitement and uncertainty right from the very start and in the end I was totally blown away by that ending.    

SHARON BOLTON delivers an impressive, original, clever, atmospheric, suspenseful, twisty and well-written read here with the perfect mix of intrigue, suspense, mystery, and the supernatural.  Bolton captures the essence of these characters and the eerie setting perfectly.

I thoroughly enjoy Bolton’s writing style and absolutely loved how this story unfolded.  It opens up in the present, 1999 and then switches narrative to 1969 through flashbacks and then back to the present, 1999.  This was an extremely effective way to set the mood and keep the suspense and tension high.

It was one of those books that definitely cast its spell on me and the witchcraft and supernatural aspects to this story was absolutely spellbinding.

Web_L099-2_blonde_blue-eyesLindsay’s review

A suspenseful, chilling and ‘witchy’ story!

This novel follows Assistant Commissioner Florence Lovelady who, as a new police officer in 1969, helped put convicted murderer Larry Glassbrook in prison.   Larry, the local funeral director, was found guilty of murdering three local teenagers by burying them alive in caskets he made himself. Florence’s determination and persistent drive to find answers and solve the murders lead her team to the shocking conviction of Larry.

There are two timelines – 1999 and 1969.   In 1999, Florence is attending Larry’s funeral in the small town where she brought him to a murder conviction.  Here she revisits her old stomping grounds and rehashes long-buried memories and secrets. The second timeline in 1969 follows Florence through her introduction into the male-dominated police force where she relentlessly works toward proving herself and solving her case.  I enjoyed both timelines and felt they flowed and intertwined intriguingly.

I loved Florence’s character!   She had an innocence about her but such a strong will and determination to get answers.   I was rooting for her from page 1. The ‘witchy’ factor in this novel is quite strong which was perfect for a late October read, however, I found that it did get a little too ‘witchy’ for me in the second half of the book.   Some details felt unrealistic and I couldn’t wrap my mind around them causing me to lose some of the connection I felt in the first half. Regardless of this, I still enjoyed the novel and look forward to reading more by this author (this was my first Sharon Bolton).  

Web_L083-1_brunette_green-eyesFrom Kim’s review

I have read close to 70 books this year and this one is in my top 3! To think, I almost passed on reading this book because I was worried it would be too gruesome for me. I decided to brave it and I am so glad I did. It is a creepy, twisted, edge of your seat thriller. I could not put this one down! Now excuse me as I am off to order my next Sharon Bolton book, Daisy in Chains. I have some catching up to do as I have now added another favorite author to my list! For Kim’s full review

FC-8-JamieFrom Mary Beth’s review

This book is my favorite book on 2018. I loved this one so much. This was the perfect Fall/Halloween read. It had everything I wanted in a thriller. I loved the witchcraft and the covens. I was immediately drawn into the story. This book really creepy and scared me and I do not scare easily. Any book that has to do with being buried alive really creeps me out. Shockingly I didn’t have nightmares last night. I think this book will stick with me for a very long time.

I thought I had this book all figured out and thought I knew what was going to happen next. I kept guessing and guessing and I was wrong every single time. This book is so intense, with so much action that never stops.

Sharon Bolton is my all time favorite author and I always want more after I read her books. She has one brilliant imagination.

Web_LF05-5_brunette_green-eyesFrom Stephanie’s review

I love thrillers that are deeply dark, dangerous, and take you places in your mind you might otherwise not want to go. I’m more than a bit morbid and bloodthirsty with my thrillers, and Bolton gives you that with The Craftsman, where the atmospheric vibe is at times tense, disturbing, and extremely terrifying. Yet what can you expect in a book that has a psychopathic, monstrous serial killer on the loose not only kidnapping children but burying them alive too–whoa! Then throw in some witchcraft, both white and dark spells, a little voodoo, masterful writing, an out of this world plot, a strong, intelligent female character like Florence, and I’m sold! And you should be too because this is an amazing book. In fact, I probably don’t have the words to express how stunning and marvelous this book is!  For Stephanie’s full review

Norma’s Stats:

  • Cover:  Creepy, sinister, piqued my interest and fitting.
  • Title: Oh what an absolutely brilliant title and loved how it played into the storyline.
  • Writing/Prose: Well-written, compelling, stunning, and proficient.
  • Plot: Suspenseful, creepy, darkly gothic, supernatural, witchcraft, unsettling, fast-paced, enjoyable and extremely entertaining.  I loved this brilliant original storyline!
  • Ending: Totally shocking and jaw-dropping!  I must have read those last few sentences over about 10 times because that is how stupefied I was!  I loved it!
  • Overall: A riveting read that was perfect for the Halloween season.  One of my favourite books of the year and was quickly placed into my favourite reads shelf for 2018! Would highly recommend!

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Have you read this one?  Did it make the perfect creepy good read for you?  Want to read this one?  Drop us a comment! We would love to hear from you.

Posted in Coulee Chatter, Traveling Sisters Reads

Lets Chat! About books we have fallen behind on #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Today we are sistering up with Kim@It’s All About the Thrill and Christina@Recipe and a Read with something a little different than our normal Can’t-Wait Wednesday.  When chatting with Kim and Christina about what book we can’t wait to read, Kim said I feel like we should rename it can’t catch up Wednesdays.  We all seem to be in the falling behind coulee and can’t-wait to get out of that coulee.  So we thought it would be fun to switch it up and start a meme to discuss books we are falling behind on.  Today we are switching our Can’t-wait post to Falling Behind and after today we will continue this post on Fridays.

Let’s chat about those books we are falling behind on.  Sometimes I think my list of books I have fallen behind on is longer than my to be read list of books.  Norma is always running behind and trying to catch up and Lindsay she been buried in a coulee for a while now.

I added A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl by Jean Thompson to the Traveling sisters’ group a month ago and it is one we kept sliding back.  I haven’t taken a peek into the threads but have checked out a few reviews for it and they are mixed.  I am still on the fence if this one is one we should catch up on or keep sliding it back.  It sounds like a very emotional and tough read with a few things explored in this story.  If you have read this one, drop us a comment and let us know what your thoughts are for this one.

A Cloud in the Shape of a GirlA Cloud in the Shape of a Girl by Jean Thompson

From National Book Award finalist and the New York Timesbestselling author of The Year We Left Home comes a moving family saga about three generations of women who struggle to find freedom and happiness in their small Midwestern college town.

A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl is a poignant novel about three generations of the Wise family—Evelyn, Laura, and Grace—as they hunt for contentment amid chaos of their own making.

Evelyn set aside her career to marry, late, and motherhood never became her. Her daughter Laura felt this acutely and wants desperately to marry, but she soon discovers her husband Gabe to be a man who expects too much of everyone in his life, especially his musician son. Grace has moved out from Laura and Gabe’s house, but can’t seem to live up to her potential—whatever that might be.

In A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl we see these women and their trials, small and large: social slights and heartbreaks; marital disappointments and infidelities; familial dysfunction; mortality. Spanning from World War II to the present, Thompson reveals a matrilineal love story that is so perfectly grounded in our time—a story of three women regressing, stalling, and yes, evolving, over decades. One of the burning questions she asks is: by serving her family, is a woman destined to repeat the mistakes of previous generations, or can she transcend the expectations of a place, and a time? Can she truly be free?

Evelyn, Laura, and Grace are the glue that binds their family together. Tethered to their small Midwestern town—by choice or chance—Jean Thompson seamlessly weaves together the stories of the Wise women with humanity and elegance, through their heartbreaks, setbacks, triumphs, and tragedies.

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Along with Kim, we keep falling behind on The Exes’ Revenge by Jo Jakeman.  This is one I really want to read and I have rescheduled for November and it’s one I am now putting on my Can’t-wait list to read.

The Exes' RevengeThe Exes’ Revenge by Jo Jakeman

 

Originally titled Sticks and Stones

A wickedly dark debut thriller about three women who’ve all been involved with the same man and realize the one thing they have in common is that they all want revenge against him…

Divorces are often messy, and Imogen’s is no exception. Phillip Rochester is controlling, abusive, and determined to make things as difficult as possible. When he shows up without warning demanding that Imogen move out of their house by the end of the month or he’ll sue for sole custody of their young son, Imogen is ready to snap.

In a moment of madness, Imogen does something unthinkable–something that puts her in control for the first time in years. She’s desperate to protect her son and to claim authority over her own life.

But she wasn’t expecting both Phillip’s ex-wife and new girlfriend to get tangled up in her plans. These three very different women–and unlikely allies–reluctantly team up to take revenge against a man who has wronged them all.

Web_L195-5Christina has been so busy with work and she has been buried in a coulee I haven’t been to before.  She has fallen so far behind I am not even sure what book she will be talking about today.

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Have you read either of these titles?  Help us decided if we should catch up on them or fall behind some more on them.

Want to join us on sharing what titles you have fallen behind on?  Join us on Fridays with our Falling Behind Friday meme by linking Kim, Christina and us so we can travel on over and check out your post. Drop your link in the comment section for everyone to check it out.

What titles have you fallen behind on?  Is your fallen behind list longer than your TBR one?  Drop us a comment!  We would love to hear from you!

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The Rain Watcher by Tatiana De Rosnay *Review by Lindsay * @tatianaderosnay @StMartinsPress #BookReview #BookBloggers

The Rain Watcher by Tatiana de Rosnay

Web_L149-2_blonde_blue-eyesFrom the first page of this story, I felt as if I was transported into the rain-drenched city of Paris, France. The pitter-pattering of the rain against windows, the splashing through endless puddles, the droplets of rain dripping from umbrellas, the constant measure of the waters’ rise. I was entranced by the intensity and beauty of the atmosphere of this novel. The scenes felt so real and vivid that my imagination didn’t have to do much work at all.

This novel follows Linden Malegarde, famous photographer and youngest son of the Malegarde family. He is meeting his parents, sister, and niece in Paris to celebrate his father’s seventieth birthday. While in Paris, a natural disaster strikes, causing extreme flooding and devastation.

Told with exquisitely beautiful writing, Tatiana de Rosnay, captures a family gathering full of love, angst, fear, secrets and uncertainty. Each character adds a deeper layer of intrigue to the family dynamic. This novel has an intense sense of sadness and melancholy but is deeply touching and emotional. I highly recommend this book, but warn readers to pick it up only when ready for a slower, emotional journey.

A big thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Tatiana de Rosnay for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest reviewimg_6527

Have you read this one?  Adding it to your TBR list?  Drop us a comment!  We would love to hear from you!

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Sneek Peek Sunday @about_thethrill #travelingsistersread #travelingfriendsread

Happy Sunday Everyone!!!  Today we are joining Kim @ It’s All About The Thrill and Christina @ Recipe and A Read with another Sunday Sneak Peek where we take a look inside a highly anticipated upcoming group read and give a little sneak peek into our thoughts and just how excited we are to read this book.

Today, we have two books we are taking a sneak peek into.   I added Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone to the Traveling Friends group after a suggestion from a friend.  Kim’s review clinched the deal and Christina and I are doing the cheer of excitement for the upcoming read.  Lately, Kim has been keeping me on my toes and she spotted The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor on NetGalley and we quickly were able to add that one to our shelve.  Kim recently finished up a Traveling Friends group read for Chalk Man and loved it!  So we are now doing the cheer of excitement over this one.

Jane DoeJane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

A double life with a single purpose: revenge.

Jane’s days at a Midwest insurance company are perfectly ordinary. She blends in well, unremarkably pretty in her floral-print dresses and extra efficient at her low-level job. She’s just the kind of woman middle manager Steven Hepsworth likes—meek, insecure, and willing to defer to a man. No one has any idea who Jane really is. Least of all Steven.

But plain Jane is hiding something. And Steven’s bringing out the worst in her.

Nothing can distract Jane from going straight for his heart: allowing herself to be seduced into Steven’s bed, to insinuate herself into his career and his family, and to expose all his dirty secrets. It’s time for Jane to dig out everything that matters to Steven. So she can take it all away.

Just as he did to her.

The thrilling second novel from the author of The Chalk Man, about a teacher with a hidden agenda who returns to settle scores at a school he once attended, only to uncover a darker secret than he could have imagined.

Joe never wanted to come back to Arnhill. After the way things ended with his old gang–the betrayal, the suicide, the murder–and after what happened when his sister went missing, the last thing he wanted to do was return to his hometown. But Joe doesn’t have a choice. Because judging by what was done to that poor Morton kid, what happened all those years ago to Joe’s sister is happening again. And only Joe knows who is really at fault.

Lying his way into a teaching job at his former high school is the easy part. Facing off with former friends who are none too happy to have him back in town–while avoiding the enemies he’s made in the years since–is tougher. But the hardest part of all will be returning to that abandoned mine where it all went wrong and his life changed forever, and finally confronting the shocking, horrifying truth about Arnhill, his sister, and himself. Because for Joe, the worst moment of his life wasn’t the day his sister went missing.

It was the day she came back.

For more of a sneak peek into Jane Joe a couple reviews caught my eye

Carries Book review

Books on the Book Shelf

 

The Hiding PlaceThe Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor

The thrilling second novel from the author of The Chalk Man, about a teacher with a hidden agenda who returns to settle scores at a school he once attended, only to uncover a darker secret than he could have imagined.

Joe never wanted to come back to Arnhill. After the way things ended with his old gang–the betrayal, the suicide, the murder–and after what happened when his sister went missing, the last thing he wanted to do was return to his hometown. But Joe doesn’t have a choice. Because judging by what was done to that poor Morton kid, what happened all those years ago to Joe’s sister is happening again. And only Joe knows who is really at fault.

Lying his way into a teaching job at his former high school is the easy part. Facing off with former friends who are none too happy to have him back in town–while avoiding the enemies he’s made in the years since–is tougher. But the hardest part of all will be returning to that abandoned mine where it all went wrong and his life changed forever, and finally confronting the shocking, horrifying truth about Arnhill, his sister, and himself. Because for Joe, the worst moment of his life wasn’t the day his sister went missing.

It was the day she came back.

With the same virtuosic command of character and pacing she displayed in The Chalk Man, CJ Tudor has once again crafted an extraordinary novel that brilliantly blends harrowing psychological suspense, a devilishly puzzling mystery, and enough shocks and thrills to satisfy even the most seasoned reader.

Expected publication: February 5, 2019

I didn’t see to much buzz through my book travels for this title.  I am looking forward to seeing some more buzz around this one!

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Have you read either of these titles?  Want to read them?  Drop us a comment!  We would love to hear from you!

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Norma’s Keto in a Coulee: The Keto Diet by Leanne Vogel & Simply Keto by Suzanne Ryan #review #ketodiet #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Norma’s Keto in a Coulee Progress & Reviews

Hello Week One!  So I thought I would also add some personal information to this review for all of you that might like to join me &/or follow me on my new Keto lifestyle.  It will be beneficial to me to help with accountability issues as well as keeping me motivated.  I have included two reviews below for the books that I am using while on this journey.  Please feel free to join me or send me some encouraging words! 

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The Keto Diet: The Complete Guide to a High-Fat Diet, with More Than 125 Delectable Recipes and 5 Meal Plans to Shed Weight, Heal Your Body, and Regain ConfidenceThe Keto Diet: The Complete Guide to a High-Fat Diet, with More Than 125 Delectable Recipes and 5 Meal Plans to Shed Weight, Heal Your Body, and Regain Confidence by Leanne Vogel

I absolutely love Leanne’s approach! This book is so much fun and interesting to read with lots of useful information. I don’t usually read cookbooks from cover to cover but the creative way that this cookbook is laid out I found so appealing and extremely motivational.

On a whim I picked this book up at Costco as I was really curious about the Keto diet and thought hmmm, I think I’m going to give this Keto lifestyle a try. I have been following this plan for six days now and I am thoroughly impressed with my progress so far and how helpful this book is. It is like a one-stop guide to all things Keto and I absolutely love and appreciate that the plan is totally customizable and tailored to my individual needs.

I found the book to be very informative, simple to follow and understand! And the author is Canadian which makes it a little easier knowing that the ingredients are easily accessible and where to purchase them. I was able to find most of the ingredients with no problem at all. Which is always a plus when following a healthy eating plan.

*** I haven’t tried too many recipes from this book yet as I am using this one as more of a reference guide and getting to know me Keto book.  But, I have tried the Rocket Fuel Latte where I can’t say I liked it too much but I was able to get it down without too much difficulty though.  I am not a coffee drinker so I am sure that definitely had something to do with it.  I am going to try a different variation tomorrow morning to see if I enjoy it a little more.  My mom is also following the Keto diet with me and she loves coffee and didn’t have any problem drinking it!

 
Simply Keto: A Practical Approach to Health & Weight Loss, with 100+ Easy Low-Carb RecipesSimply Keto: A Practical Approach to Health & Weight Loss, with 100+ Easy Low-Carb Recipes by Suzanne Ryan

On a whim I picked this book up at Costco and thought hmmm, I think I’m going to give this Keto lifestyle a try. I have been following this plan for six days now and I am thoroughly impressed with my progress so far and how helpful this book is.

I have tried many of the recipes in this book and I am very pleased with how easy they are to prepare and make. They have all been delicious and a big hit with my family too.

I found the book to be very informative, simple to follow and understand!

*** This book has so many good recipes and I have tried quite a few of them this past week.

  • Keto Chili * Yummy * Our family rating: 10/10
  • Eggs Benedict * Excellent * 8/10
  • Broccoli, Bacon, and Cheese Egg Muffins * Yummy * 10/10
  • Bunless Philly Cheesesteaks * Excellent * 8/10
  • Bacon-wrapped Cheesy Chicken * Yummy * 10/10
  • Snickerdoodle Cupcakes * Yummy * 10/10

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    • Weight: ⬇️ 3.8 lbs
    • Start Date:  October 20, 2018
    • Sleep:  Haven’t noticed any difference yet.
    • Energy Level:  My energy level throughout the day seems to have improved some.
    • Difficulty Level:  Easy!  I hope I find the rest of the upcoming weeks just as easy as this week has been.
    • Goals:  NO NIGHT-TIME EATING, NORMA! Don’t forget to prepare a lunch!  Drink water!
    • Affirmation:  I deserve to feel and look healthy!

Random Thoughts:  I have been pleasantly surprised in how much I have embraced this lifestyle and actually really look forward to eating and cooking Keto!

Any comments are welcome! 🙂 

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Sadie by Courtney Summers @courtney_s @StMartinsPress @WednesdayBooks @about_thethrill #findsadie #travelingfriendsread #BookBloggers

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Norma, Lindsay and I read Sadie with six of our Traveling Friends and this story made for a fantastic group discussion.  

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Powerful, compelling, & heartbreaking!

I have enjoyed YA stories in the past but in my opinion, I think this book is geared to a much wider audience than just teens.

SADIE by COURTNEY SUMMERS is a memorable, important, and a fantastic YA mystery novel that immediately grabbed my attention and had me glued to those pages right to the very end.

Sadie’s story was not an easy read as it delves deep into Sadie’s pain and some tough subject matter. But, I thought that the author handled it with such care though and was very sensitive with the delivery.

I didn’t necessarily find the storyline all that gripping but, the way that the author weaves her sentences and delivers this story was absolutely enthralling. When I wasn’t reading this one, I was thinking about it. Sadie really got under my skin and has left a lasting impression.

I loved COURTNEY SUMMERS’ unique writing style here and thought the podcasts was a very effective way for us to get to know all the characters. It gave us a different perspective into Sadie’s character and I really enjoyed how the story unfolded. Sadie’s narrative with a stutter and all was absolutely heartbreaking to read and really impacted me as a reader.

Thank you so much to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Courtney Summers for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review.

Web_L521-3_brunette_green-eyesBrenda’s Review

Shortly after this one was chosen as a group read I went out and bought the book and started reading it. Once I started reading the podcast parts to this story I decided to listen to it as well.  The audiobook is so well done with multiple narrators that really enhance the whole experience with this story. I highly recommend listening to this one.

Sadie is a dark, gritty, moving yet at times bleak story that explores abuse and power and one girl’s driven need to seek revenge.  We follow along as our main character; angry, brave, reckless yet very sensitive Sadie as she searches for the man she believes is responsible for her sister’s murder. We also meet West and through crime podcasts he tracks Sadie’s journey and we hear from people who have met Sadie along the way.  The podcasts are so well done and really adds to the suspense of the story.

From that haunting line from May Beth “My heart can’t take another dead girl” my heartstrings were pulled and I was desperate to find out more about Sadie. Courtney Summers does such a great job drawing us into Sadie’s world.  I instantly fell in love with Sadie. I wanted to protect her, love her and allow her to grieve with me.  I could feel Sadie’s heartbreaking vulnerability, her love and support she had for her sister Maddie. Her grief becomes dangerous and I wanted to keep her safe.

The ending here made for quite a bit to discuss. We had a few different reactions to the ending and it was really interesting to see the different thoughts to the ending, so for that reason alone we highly recommend this one for group reads.

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4 stars!    A heart-wrenching and haunting coming-of-age story.

This novel revolves around nineteen-year-old Sadie who has run away from home in the hope of seeking revenge for the murder of her younger sister Mattie.  Sadie has always been Mattie’s protector, taking on a mothering role to Mattie from the time she was born.  Sadie hides many deep and disturbing childhood secrets that she is planning on addressing and exposing in hopes of getting justice for Mattie’s suffering.

This book will break your heart.   It deals with some extremely sensitive and highly disturbing subject matter but is presented in a respectful way that conveys the message without getting into unnecessary detail.  Be prepared for something that will pull at your heartstrings and have you rooting for these characters to find justice.

I enjoyed the presentation and flow of this novel.   It is told in alternating chapters through Sadie’s perspective and then an eight-episode podcast hosted by popular radio host, West McCray.   The podcasts were a fantastic piece of this compelling and suspenseful journey.

Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Courtney Summers for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Web_L095-3_brunette_brown-eyesFrom Kim’s review 

This book is so unique. The author has you following along with Sadie’s journey as she hunts down the killer in Sadie’s own chapters. Yet we also are following along with a radio podcast being put on by a fellow named West McCray. The podcasts are reporting the search for Sadie as she now has gone missing. So they are retracing all Sadie’s steps along the way. I loved the podcast chapters, there was so much personality and it was so entertaining as they interviewed people that Sadie had come into contact with.

I loved this book! I did not pick up this book as an ARC because quite frankly I did not want to read a YA. Well then all the rave reviews started rolling in from people that I know read the same type of books I do and they loved it. So I picked up my copy of Sadie and whoa this is not your typical YA. There was a lot of hardcore, not so pretty details. These details made you feel like you were right there with Sadie. I was rooting for Sadie all the way.  For Kim’s full review

FC-2 VerityFrom Diane’s review

Although marketed for the young adult audience, this book is a worthy crossover. It is hard-hitting, timely, with the movement so often in the news, and the young, Sadie, is sure to win your heart. When Sadie’s younger sister Mattie is murdered, a sister who she raised, Sadie sets off on a journey to find the man responsible. When Sadie’s car is found, empty but holding all her belongings, a neighbor who was more of a mother to the girls than their own contacts a man who does podcasts focusing on cases such as these.

The pages fly by in this book, partly due to its form, alternate chapters between the podcast, called the Girls, and a first-person account by Sadie. Sadie’s vulnerability, her sense of guilt over her sister’s death, and her stutter, quickly wins over the reader. One of my triggers is any type of abuse of children, I usually try to avoid this type of read.

Web_L109-6Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Stunning, breathtaking, and a perfect and highly affecting representation to storyline.
Title: Simply brilliant and such a meaningful representation to storyline.
Writing/Prose: Edgy, witty, emotive & brilliantly written.
Plot: Engaging, impressive, unforgettable, perfectly-paced, and held my attention.
Ending: An ambiguous ending that I think worked really well for this YA story but didn’t necessarily satisfy my need of knowing a little bit more though.
Overall: Sadie definitely left an impression on me as well as this author’s writing style! Would recommend!

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Have you read this one?  Added it to your to be read list?  Drop us a comment! We would love to hear from you!