Let me start by saying, I love a good crime podcast. When I saw this was YA, I wasn’t sure what to expect as far as a good crime story. But it gave me everything I was hoping for when I read The Night Swim, which fell short for me. What Sadie had that The Night Swim was missing was a fabulous protagonist. Sadie is a girl who grew up in the worst of circumstances but decided not to let those circumstances define her.
When she goes missing shortly after her sister is found dead, very few people seem to care. One woman from her trailer park doesn’t let it go and when has the opportunity to enlist an eager podcaster to help her solve the mystery, neither one can let up until Sadie is found.
The story alternates between the podcast which is looking for Sadie months after she disappears and Sadie’s own point of view from the time she goes missing. It’s hard to talk about all the things I loved without giving anything away but so many aspects are well done. The topics covered by this story are extremely sensitive and horrific but the author balances giving you the necessary information you need to solve the mystery but without being gratuitous. There are a few times where I’m slightly skeptical of how much high school dropout, nineteen year old Sadie would have actually accomplished in the real world in some of the situations she was put in but if you check that at the door, she’s a fabulous heroine on a great mission. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
If you went missing, what brand would you most likely be wearing in the description that went out?
For me it’s definitely Puma, I probably have at least 15 pairs of Puma shoes and countless hoodies and other Puma gear.