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Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Night She Disappeared by April Henry

The Night She Disappeared by April Henry
"Gabie drives a Mini Cooper. She also works part time as a delivery girl at Pete’s Pizza. One night, Kayla—another delivery girl—goes missing. To her horror, Gabie learns that the supposed kidnapper had asked if the girl in the Mini Cooper was working that night. Gabie can’t move beyond the fact that Kayla’s fate was really meant for her, and she becomes obsessed with finding Kayla. She teams up with Drew, who also works at Pete’s. Together, they set out to prove that Kayla isn’t dead—and to find her before she is."- summary from Amazon

What a thriller! I love these types of stories and Henry did an amazing job putting this one together. I really enjoyed the multiple perspectives, and it's always interesting to have a few chapters from the bad guy's point of view. Included also in between chapters are transcripts from police interviews, a coroner's report, 911 calls, and other stuff relating to Kayla's case.

I wish I could've read this book in one sitting, but unfortunately, I had to put it down a few times. It was that good. Henry just has this great way of writing that really pulls you in and keeps you turning the pages. Even though the reader finds out kinda early on that Kayla is alive, there's the tension of whether or not she'll be alive long enough for anyone to find and save her. It was creepy reading the kidnapper's interactions with her.

I do feel like because of the short length and multiple perspectives, there wasn't much character depth, so this is more for people who like plot-focused books. The reader finds out various things about these characters, but they never sink in enough to get a good handle on them.

Overall, this is a fast-paced thriller that will have you staying up until you finish the last word!

FTC: Received e-galley from Netgalley. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.

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