Is there anything more terrifying than someone lurking your streets, killing the unsuspecting, and getting away with it? Murderers can so easily take a life, and they may not stop to realize the gross consequences of what they have done. And what if they never realize the gross consequences of what they have done? Then, you are dealing with sociopaths and they are even more frightening than guilty murders. At least guilty ones can admit onus. Sociopaths have no consciences and no internal thought processes to tell them what is right and what is wrong; in layman’s terms, sociopaths feel nothing and when they do something wrong, they do not understand why it’s wrong. A sociopath can kill a man or woman in cold blood and a laugh about it, feeling no guilt. One can go so far as to call them monsters, and rightfully so. They live in a town or city, terrorizing the citizens, instilling fear and panic into everyone around, yet feel nothing. So, what happens when one of your best friends turns out to be the Town Monster?
Sadistic is a chilling story told through flashbacks. Maggie, now a grown woman, looks back at her troubled friendship with Alice. Alice is 'Girl, Interrupted' taken to a whole new extreme. From the beginning, the reader knows that Alice is a murderer and a monster - but as the story unfolds, the crimes she commits and the behavior she exhibits are fleshed out and explained, giving a face to the name. She’s not simply a killer; she’s a young girl, disturbed and scared, and she needs help. Maggie, a strong protagonist, doesn't always get along with Alice. They have their fights, friends always fight with each other, but Maggie always comes back. As mad as Alice makes her, Maggie cannot turn her friend away. When Alice’s dark crimes are brought to light, Maggie fights to defend her, being the only salvation that Alice may have.
alexcarr11 has created a realistic leading lady in a story that seems unreal. Maggie flip-flops between loving Alice and dismissing Alice, being her best friend and being a girl that cannot stand her, being the only person who can understand Alice and hating her for the two being nothing alike. This is a real friendship to me and that made the story that much more real and that much more scary.
Although a lot has been revealed in the posted chapters, there is still a lot to come. Sadistic is frightening in a brilliant way. This story makes the reader question everything. I found myself wondering what it would be like to find out that my best friend is a cold-blooded killer. How would I react? How would I feel? Could I ever love her again? These thoughts are a direct result of what Maggie feels, what Maggie thinks, what Maggie does, and seeing how she handles herself makes me question how I would handle myself if placed in the same situation.
Kudos to alexcarr11 for creating a story that is worth every anxious and paranoid thought. Sadistic will send chills up your spine, it will make you turn around to see what’s lurking behind you, and it will make you see the potential monster in everyone you encounter.