Book Review

THE NIGHT SHE DISAPPEARED
by April Henry

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Young Adult

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It’s awfully hard to resist yelling at the pages like an overenthusiastic fan at a horror movie while reading Henry’s suspenseful it-could-happen-to-you tale. (“Keep driving!” “Don’t get out of that car!”) The POV switches between kidnapped Kayla, intended victim Gabie, oddball good guy Drew and Kayla’s super-creepy captor, which gives readers a complete picture of events as they play out, something none of the characters have. This mystery will appeal to adult fans of authors like Emma Donoghue and Laura Lippman as well as teens.

One night, Gabie’s pizzeria co-worker Kayla went out with a delivery and never came back. Gabie was supposed to be working — Kayla had asked her to trade shifts — and the man who called in the fake order had asked if the girl in the Mini Cooper (Gabie!) would be doing the delivery. While the police focus on a meth addict whose truck was seen near where Kayla disappeared, Gabie and another co-worker, Drew, team up to find Kayla before it’s too late. (HENRY HOLT, Apr., 240 pp., $16.99, ISBN: 9780805092622, HC, 12 & Up)

Reviewed By: Stephanie Klose

Publisher: HENRY HOLT

Published: April 2012

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