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{Review} Sadie the Sadist by Zane Sachs

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

by Zane Sachs
Published by Adytum on April 25, 2014
Genres: Extreme Horror, Fiction, Horror
Pages: 228
Format: eBook
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Sadie despises her job. And you can’t really blame her.  Her Assistant Manager is a Type A personality (the A in the case totally stands for ass) who forces her to shuck corn until her hands are numb in a cold, dreary basement that resides in the bowels of a supermarket. Sadie has just about reached her breaking point when this evil little tale begins and what follows might shock and offend you if you go in all innocent and unawares. Though if you’re picking up a title called “Sadie the Sadist” thinking you’re in for a sweet treat, well then I guess there’s no helping you. Sadie starts out relatable and relatively sane. I get her. She’s snarky and she has some very dark thoughts. But don’t we all? No? Just me, then?  Very early on Sadie gives us a gentle teaser of things to come when she thinks this about a jerky customer:

“The man barks, “Your job is to serve me.” Broiled on a bed of lettuce?

Can you see where this might be leading? Things get graphic but there’s always an undercurrent of the blackest humor your soul can imagine. I found it as amusing as I did revolting. As the book moves along, Sadie swiftly begins to unravel. Here’s a little teaser if you’re still wondering what’s in store for you if pick this up.

Barefoot, I pad to the kitchen, stand in front of the refrigerator examining the contents. Half a container of expired almond milk, a shriveled peach, a plastic container that used to hold Chia seeds and now holds what appears to be a penis. Nothing I feel like eating.

Is it real? Is it a case of too many prescription drugs? Who am I to say? I only know that I couldn’t put this book down once I started it and enjoyed all of the often over the top extreme fun and highly recommend it if you have a taste for this sort of humor. What I don’t recommend is trying out any of Sadie’s included recipes (as delish as they may sound) because they might land you in the slammer if you attempt to source the secret ingredients. Don’t skip over them though because they contain a wealth of knowledge and sure are entertaining to read.

“Mushrooms add earthy flavor and depth to a dish, and if you administer the right ones to aggravating people, mushrooms can rid your life of problems.

About Zane Sachs

Zané has worked for several large corporations (including a supermarket), and those situations have, in part, inspired her debut novel, Sadie the Sadist. Sadly, she has found, that the current work environment in the U.S. often treats workers as expendable units, comparable to robots. More and more, automated systems and machines are replacing human workers every day. Zané expects to be replaced by robots any minute.

Perhaps, one day soon, the perfect novel will be written by artificial intelligence. Until then, Zané offers you her flawed perspective and hopes you find it entertaining. READER BEWARE: Sadie the Sadist is X-tremely Black Humor/Horror. It contains psycho/sexual incidents, graphic violence, and Sadie’s favorite recipes.

Zané is currently writing a novel of psychological suspense called Jayne Just Watches. Jayne happens to be Sadie’s neighbor.


Scary books make everything so much better! I've been reading them since I was a wee, weird little thing and grew up with a steady diet of King, Koontz, Barker, and Brite and will read and watch just about anything with a hint of darkness.


  • dave king

    Me being a 60 year old half english and half begium liking good thrillers .ie J-L Burke; CJ box: Reacher’s ; and so any others; ..well l just bought the book (sadie) on a strange vibe………………problem being that l really love the book.(the is scary for me to love something like this! !!! !) well this letter (?) is just to say…..keep on trukin; it is great and feels real young; l just love it and will wait with impatiece for a follow up…………
    please keep me informed
    …….so great to read such a fun book…………… wow wow
    Dave King

    • Laurie


      Thanks for sharing your thoughts Dave and I’m so very glad you enjoyed it. It’s a crazy book and a lot of fun but might not be a book for everyone 🙂

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