I rate this book 3.5 stars out of 5.
(Finished Reading: 13/07/19
My 34th book this year)
Sadie has led such an awful life. Her mother is a drug addict and pretty much spends no time acknowledging Sadie. They are very poor, Sadie is always miserable and hungry. Then her mother has another child, Mattie. This is both terrible and a blessing depending whose point you view life from. Mattie brings hope, life and love into Sadie’s life. Sadie learns to live.
Then Mattie is murdered. Sadie’s life spirals out of control all over again. One day she has had enough and just packs a bag and gets out of the trailer. She has a mission. She has a switchblade knife. She is on the hunt for a very bad man.
I’m not sure that it was necessary to turn this book into a “TV series” format. The plot itself was compelling, yet the details just didn’t quite hit the spot. Although Sadie already has an almost unbearable life, the author could have zoned in on the details of her emotions more. Sadie was too detached leaving me as the reader feeling detached to her character too.
When I read the synopsis I was bracing myself for so much more detail, so much more pain, violence and disturbing material. What actually happened was extremely mild although the subject matter was highly disturbing.
I enjoyed “following” Sadie but I absolutely despise the ending. I felt it was “unfinished”. I felt cheated by this book.
Sadie was never really loveable. Her only reason to live was for her sister Mattie. It would have been nice to have a little more goodness in her life, even if it were just for a moment or two.
I wouldn’t dissuade anyone from reading this book yet I’m not quite wanting to recommend it either. So much more could have been done to make this book amazing. Maybe it would be better as a movie.
Written by Ling Lee (13/07/19)