Sadie’s Guide to Catching Killers
by Zané Sachs
Overview (from Goodreads): Sadie may seem like the typical girl next door—except she isn’t. At age eight, when she finds Mommy in the bathtub, floating in a pool of blood, Sadie becomes obsessed with murder. Sadie’s Guide to Catching Killers is the prekill to Sadie the Sadist: X-tremely Black Humor/Horror, delving into Sadie’s bizarre childhood to unravel what makes her the psycho we know and love. The story you’ve got in your hot little hands (unless you’re holding something else) is a twisted coming-of-age story, Black Humor/Horror.
BONUS: Advice from L’il Sadie : 10 Signs Someone is a Low-Life Liar; 10 Ways to Your Dream Confession; 10 Useful Household Poisons, and more!
Full Disclosure: I won a copy of this book from the author, via a giveaway.
My Thoughts: I was hesitant to read Sadie’s Guide to Catching Killers after DNFing Sadie the Sadist (see our review here). Since I won it I suppose I didn’t actually have to read and review it, but I have a strange condition that makes it almost impossible to not read a book if it’s available to me. So I read this pre-kill.
The characters explained a lot, to be honest. I think quite a few people would end up as sadistic killers if their lives went the same way as Sadie’s. Sadie was much easier to understand in Sadie’s Guide to Catching Killers. I actually felt sympathy for her, in addition to being completely creeped out. Whereas in Sadie the Sadist I was just creeped out and would be scared shitless of her in real life. Her father lived up to being the low-life scum that was alluded to in the part of Sadie the Sadist that I read. I’m pretty sure these books would make excellent evidence for the whole nature vs. nurture argument.
The plot was interesting enough, if not scary. It really does give you the back story to Sadie’s life and explains why she is the way she is. I don’t think a horrible life is a good reason to become a sadistic killer, but the reasoning behind Sadie finally clicked in my brain while reading Sadie’s Guide to Catching Killers. I’m pretty sure Sadie could give Norman Bates a run for his money. You’ll learn more about Sadie’s life growing up and her family (it made me appreciate my family just a bit more).
To recommend or not to recommend? It really wasn’t my cup of tea. It definitely helped me realize that the black humor/horror genre probably isn’t for me. I wouldn’t recommend Sadie’s Guide to Catching Killers unless you already know and like Zané Sachs’ work, you’ve read and enjoyed Sadie the Sadist, you think you’d like to give Zané Sachs’ work a try, or black humor/horror is a reading genre that you like. If none of that sounds like you, then you’d probably be better off skipping Sadie’s Guide to Catching Killers.
2.75 out of 5 Bookmarks = I didn’t really like it, but it came down to personal taste (I don’t think this is really my genre).