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Sadie the Sadist: X-tremely Black Humor/Horror

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  431 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Like many people, Sadie feels undervalued and frustrated. Employed by a supermarket, she plots to murder coworkers—or lure them into the employee bathroom for a quickie. Sick of being treated like a robot, she taps into a powerful (and deranged) alter-ego and transforms into Sadie the Sadist. READER BEWARE: This book contains graphic violence, psycho/sexual incidents, and ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published April 25th 2014 by Adytum (first published April 13th 2014)
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Bark the Overwrought Keyboard Warrior
4 1/2 Stars

Sadie despises her job. And you can’t really blame her. Her Assistant Manager is a Type A personality (the A in this case 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 “Sad
Mr. Matt
Oct 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014, horror, terribad
What has been read cannot be unread!

This book was really, really awful. Looking back on it, I truly cannot explain why I picked it up. The cover looked intriguing and I picked it up for basically nothing.

Sadie the Sadist is a very, very dark book. It is about a young woman (30ish) who is working at a dead end job in a grocery store. Like most of us who have had to toil away in a service industry job with a crappy boss, there are moments that she fantasizes about offing her boss. When he actual
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure what it says about me that I enjoyed this book so much.... SADIE, THE SADIST is about a store clerk that gets so down-trodden by her situation and the treatment/lack of respect from others that she developed an alter-ego: "Sadie, the Sadist". The new Sadie is into fascinating activities such as murder,dismemberment, sexual gratification (in unique ways!), and cooking.

The dark humor in the writing style is what really makes this book stand out! Sadie, the Sadist, is so ma
Paul Nelson
Apr 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Sadie works at the supermarket, hates her job, wants to kill her boss and interspersed with various recipes we embark on a darkly funny journey where we see the world through Sadie’s eyes and the eyes of her alter-ego Sadie the sadist.

Told in first person, life’s certainly a lot more interesting and gruesome when Sadie the Sadist is behind the wheel, murder, sex and eating her victims are a normal part of the day, along with the intense clean-up operations and buying a chain saw &
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So much deliciously dark fun, early on Sadie is like my own inner monologue writ large and more murderous, but thankfully I've not spiraled as far as keeping 'choice cuts' in my freezer.
A quick read unlike anything I've read before, I'm looking forward to sampling more writing by Zané Sachs.
William Moses Jr.
Disclosure: I received this book as part of a giveaway on LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.

Short review: Interesting initially, but fell below expectations.

Long review: This book reminded me of the narrator from Fight Club and the ultra-violence from A Clockwork Orange. After reading the first few chapters, I was quite intrigued and was interested to see how this story would unfold. I got vibes from the book that made me feel like I was an observer watching a
Playing out like a second-rate American Psycho - complete with unreliable narration, chapters broken up by attention to a character's obsession (in this case cooking), and an overall fever-dream type sensibility - Sadie the Sadist lacks the gut-punch power of Bret Easton Ellis' novel, somehow makes Sadie even less likeable than Patrick Bateman, and ends on an unsatisfying note. Technically, the writing is very accomplished, however, making it an easy-to-read, not-enjoyable book.

In other words, S
Jessica  Corrigan
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Honestly... I thought, "How am I ever going to get these disturbing images out of my head?".

This coming from a child who would openly read True Crime novels by the truckload, and without thought choose Law & Order over the Power Rangers.

I was so excited to read this book when I read all of the rave reviews, but no one ever mentions just how twisted this book gets.

Perhaps I misinterpreted the true meaning of "Dark Comedy" or perhaps I've gone soft in my 25 years of life- who knows?

The onl
Apr 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: lendable, horror
Not a bad story, though there where some lengthy parts that did nothing except explain supermarket protocol that felt more like job training than entertainment. The author managed to make those parts readable if not entertaining by sneaking in some sex and murder jokes though. My only real complaint was the mindfuck of an ending. (view spoiler) ...more
Douglas Castagna
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can be more horrific than working in retail? Of this I do not know, but I do know that Sadie deals with working at a supermarket in a fun and interesting way. She loses her mind. Simply put she offs others, and while there isn't a person I can think of who has not thought about it at least once in their life, Sadie acts on these fantasies. And in new and inventive ways. There are some great observational moments as well as a topicality that works well and keeps the reader in the moment and ...more
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think I liked it. I'm definitely disturbed by it. I can't stop thinking about it... But I was entertained by it, and that's what makes for a successful read! Well done, Zane Sachs!
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: serial-reading
Patrick Bateman eat your heart out, this is a truly sick woman. Loved it all and read it in one sitting. Not for the feint of heart.
Shadow Girl
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sadie is my new hero, and every time I get that little psychotic itch at work – (or anywhere), I can live vicariously through her!
I love dark humor, and Sadie is a genius. (I literally snorted within the first few pages – she reads a sign posted at her work, and her internal dialog caught me off guard!)
Suzanne read this before I did, and in her words… “Sadie is the female Peter – you’ll love her!” (I know exactly who Suzanne means, but in case you’re new here… Peter is my favorite li
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Where to even began.....let me start with toes! That was where I had to draw the line. Can you say ewwweeeeee! Yes I know, after everything that happens in this book you would think that toes would not have been my ick factor.....but come on feet are just gross! Especially men feet! Anywho, I still have no idea what I just read. Have no clue what was real, what wasn't, etc. Also, there was just WAY too much info about the supermarket. It was boring and unnecassary. I could probably go get a job ...more
I bought this book for my kindle as I was exploring the horror section on here and it had a number of good reviews.

It also struck a chord with me because I have read American Psycho, which this book has been compared to, and I have worked in retail.

The detail about working in a supermarket was spot on, which I could identify with. I also liked Sadie's recipes that were between chapters, which reminded me of American Psycho.

The book takes a dark turn as Sadie begins to un
Russell Holbrook
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
As a former produce clerk myself, this story struck a particularly personal chord with me. I was thrilled by the spot-on descriptions of work life in a grocery store. At times it was as if I was back in the produce cooler once again, chopping fruit while my gloved fingers went numb.
The mix of humor and gore here is truly wonderful. The mood of the novel reminds me a lot of Office Killer, a horror-comedy film that I totally love. There were surprising elements and weird characters, and the who
Lauren Kathryn
"Employed by a supermarket, she plots the murder of her coworkers..."

Now that most definitely sounds familiar. Although my experience was both coworkers and customers...
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it!

I worked in a very popular supermarket for 9 years. This book, I believe, was written for me! Though I have never wanted to kill anybody, I sure have wanted to stick my foot out and trip a few people! This book to me was dark humor and horror. Loved it!
johnny wells
Is it Sadie or Patrick?

This was an enjoyable read and quite well written but it draws way to many comparisons with Brett Easton Ellis's American Psycho.
Tiffany Mayr

Fun to read but the end disappointed. It felt cut short. I did, however, enjoy the story up until the last bit.
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fa

Recommended by my bestie, Eliane. They say good friendships are based on shared inappropriate humor and twisted common interests; how true is that in our case. This book is very heavy and gory, though, even if it is presented in the most delightful black humor form, so trigger warning for all kinds of stuff (murder, gore, rape, sex, kink, golden shower, poison, disgusting stuff, weird food, etc.)

Synopsis: Sadie is a minimum-wage worker a
Mel (Reviews In A Pinch)
May 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, from-author
Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author, via LibraryThing, in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts: I can be quite anal/OCD/however you want to word it, about finishing books. I hate not finishing a book. Even when I'm bored I usually just suffer through in order to finish it. I look at it as one of my many bookish quirks. Having said that, this review for Sadie the Sadist is a DNF (did not finish).

The writing was very good. It set a good pace
Apr 21, 2014 rated it liked it
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Apr 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
I really tried to get into this novel, I just couldn't find much about it that I liked. From the description, I thought it would be similar to American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis, except it wasn't. Not even close. Sadie had the potential to be funny, macabre, sexy and horrifying all at the same time, except she wasn't. In fact, even worse, she's just boring and uninteresting. This is no female Patrick Bateman. And while normally I don't find it fair to compare novels or characters, in this case ...more
N.C. Patterson
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Overall it was hard to swallow this novel. It was so disturbing and violent—and often without cause or development for the plot—that it was hard to get through. Even as a lover of horror I have a violence threshold, and I feel like I met that many times in this story. I once had a creative writing teacher who said, “violence has to be earned.” Well, I didn’t feel like it was earned very well in this novel. However, Sadie’s character was fairly well written and interesting. She is the glue that h ...more
Bill Thibadeau
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Zane Sachs is a pseudonym of an author I have read previously. This genre is waaaaaaaaaay different than the author's other books I have read and reviewed. I am a true fan of this author's writing ability.

This book is indeed black humor. As I was reading the story, I was thinking that the writing was humorous while maintaining a macabre theme. A word of caution - if you are offended by extreme language and scenes of pornography, avoid this at all costs. If not, you should enjoy this
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was one of the strangest books I have ever read. This is definitely an 18+ book, and not for those who are easily offended. Yes, Sadie is a sadist for sure. She works at a grocery store for a horrible boss who forces her to do menial tasks, causing her carpal tunnel symptoms, her hands numb, and her mind going to scary, dark places. The way this book is told, from Sadie's point of view, sometimes I had to re-read what I had just read as the brutality was so casual- go for a bike ride or cho ...more
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved this book and could totally relate being that I worked in produce at whole foods for way too long. My boss, as well as several co-workers would have been deserving and more useful being served up as Sadie's stew than occupying the space and flesh they did! The story, the writing, the recipes, all of it was fantastic! This dark, violent, grotesque type of book is right up my alley so I really enjoyed it. Why not five stars then?
My only complaint is that I wish what hap
Marie Olson McKinnon
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people with a sick sense of humor.
Recommended to Marie Olson McKinnon by: My Kindle
Shelves: humorous
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Brenda Seaberg
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It does have some very sick moments in it, be warned, but it's well worth the read.

The whole story was told in first person by Sadie. I read carefully, waiting to see it break character, but to my surprise and delight, it didn't. The flow continued throughout, following her as she struggled with her very mundane, repetitious-to-a-fault job, falling deeper and deeper into the hole of possible insanity.

There was only one spot where I spotted an obvious in
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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 b ...more
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