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The Night She Disappeared [Kindle Edition]

April Henry
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

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"A genuine thriller that races along from first page to last!" (Marcus Sedgwick)"

About the Author

April Henry is the author of many acclaimed mysteries for adults and young adults, including Girl, Stolen, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults book and a YALSA Quick Pick. She also co-wrote the New York Times bestseller Face of Betrayal with Lis Wiehl. She lives in Oregon.

Product Details

  • File Size: 456 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0805092625
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); Reprint edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DXR8MM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,063 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was afraid to turn the pages February 24, 2012
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One of my closest friends loves true crime fiction, especially books about serial killers. Over the years she's pressed me to read books about Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy and the nightmare inducing, Jeffrey Dahmer, my response has always been the same, 'hell no!'

I like happy endings, sexy vampires, angsty werewolves, cozy mysteries and the occasional zombie infestation. But stories about something real, monsters who look like people but walk among us, picking out their next feast from among their neighbors and coworkers, shudder, those stories are not for me.

But there was something about the setup for this story that made me think I might just want to read this book. It has teens who work in a fast food setting (I worked at a restaurant whose claim to fame was flame broiled burgers, so already I've got a built in sense of kinship with the characters), the teens aren't all the best of friends and one of them goes missing after making a delivery (a close friend of mine used to deliver sandwiches and he used to tell me some pretty strange tales of the people he met on his nightly travels, sometimes I'd worry that even though he's six plus feet of urban cowboy, what if one of his customers had a gun or a boomerang, okay, maybe not a boomerang, that'd be strange and ridiculous, still it seemed dangerous).

Plus, I figured if the book got too intense, I could just slam it shut and shove it into my NEVER TO BE READ SHELF (this shelf is more of a corner, with a stack of out of date encyclopedias, a book about sugar free desserts, David Hasselhoff's memoir, you know books that have somehow wandered into your home, never to be opened).

Well, after I started, I found it very hard to stop reading.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars starts out great, but the end sort of fizzles April 25, 2012
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This is an interesting way to tell a story. There are a whole bunch of viewpoints, but I think the intended main characters are Gabie, Drew, and Kayla. It kind of worked.

The beginning is fascinating, compelling, and impossible to put down. I really liked all the official-like documents and transcripts introduced. It's great to see everything that's going on in the search for Kayla, as well as who is involved and who is suspected. And, in the very beginning, it's not clear what's going to be relevant info and what's not. It keeps the reader guessing, which keeps us reading. I loved that.

As the story progresses, though, it becomes obvious that much of the info we're getting isn't relevant, like the autopsy report and the interview with Elizabeth Lamb. We were getting too much information at that point, including a few perspectives from the killer. As a result, I muttered to myself on multiple occasions for the story to `get on with it already.' A good mystery plants real and fake clues, but the reader can't figure out which is which until the very end. And that's when we see the real clues and go `Ohhhh, that's what that clue was about!' I didn't get that sense here. And, the action at the very end wasn't as suspenseful as it could have been because I kept yelling at Drew and Gabie to just call the cops already.

Drew and Gabie were interesting characters. They felt very real with how they were dealing with Kayla's disappearance, but sometimes Gabie felt over-the-top. I understand it would be hard to wrap her head around the fact that she was the original target, but still. Some of the things she does are kind of crazy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing, Thrilling Ride! September 25, 2012
By Janiera
Where do I start with how awesome this book is!? As most of you know mystery, crime, thriller, horror and paranormal is my favorite genre so it was awesome to see a crime drama slip into the YA genre. I don't read a lot of YA but when I do, it better be good.

Damn was this good! From page one I was drawn into the story. The book is written from about 4 POV's and while some may find it annoying when done well (as it was here) for me it adds a lot of wonderful texture to the story. It was done so well that I really did care about every single character; one I hated with a passion!

I loved Henry's writing style which is detailed enough but allows the reader to think for themselves and keep a fast story pacing. The pacing of the book was really consistent and fast. Never once did I feel bored or like it had dropped off. I've been reading some good books lately but nothing that kept me gripped like this one in a while. I just got finished reading it a little bit ago and can't stop thinking about the characters and what might have happened to them after the story ended. Go figure, like they're real people.

This book kept me on edge the entire time, I couldn't seem to read it fast enough. I was so nervous about what was going happen next. I was seriously tense. That feeling is awesome, it's the feeling I like getting when reading a mystery.

One of my favorite quotes is "a book is only as good as its villain." This book has a disgusting and despicable villain. I hated that guy so much as if he was a real, evil, individual. The book didn't have a lot of twists and turns but it didn't need it to make it great, they just enhanced the story. The few it did have made sense and kept the story interesting without sending it over the top.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I think if you don't like to hear about death then don't read this but if you like adventures then read this I loved it!!!!!
Published 1 month ago by Margaret Carter
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Published 2 months ago by Darla Oliver
4.0 out of 5 stars sometimes creepy mystery that was exactly like I hoped it would be
A dark, unsettling, sometimes creepy mystery that was exactly like I hoped it would be, and more. Usually only supernatural things happen to scare me, but here the idea that Gabie... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Majanka
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Very entertaining, the thrill never stops. I like how you get to see how everyone is feeling. (The antagonist and protagonist)
Published 4 months ago by Bill Forbes
5.0 out of 5 stars riveting...
I wasn't sure when I first started the book but the author really drew me in. I became entranced by the lives of the characters and it had me on the edge of my seat until I got to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Puppy Power
5.0 out of 5 stars Really got me to the edge of my seat!
Really got me to the edge of my seat! Every time I finished the chapter it had those cliff hangers so it urged me to read more
Published 4 months ago by Halle lauren carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Nancy Bunch (Guite) review
Well besides being written by a dear friend from high school I found it to be a can't stop adventurous book. Ended too soon, I want more!!!
Published 4 months ago by Nancy Guite
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This was a summer reading book for my school and I am so happy I read the book. Kayla is a 17 year old girl who goes missing in some crazy guys basement and you won't believe what... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Staci
5.0 out of 5 stars The Night She Disappeared
this was a good book even tho it came from the youth section, it has great characters ana good plot
Published 7 months ago by wendifillop
4.0 out of 5 stars The intended victim.
What do you do when you find out, you are the one a kidnapper wanted? This is the story of Gabie and her journey through this nightmare that could be anyone's nightmare. Read more
Published 7 months ago by lieu2010
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More About the Author

I write mysteries and thrillers. I live in Portland, Oregon with my family.

When I was 11, I sent a short story about a six-foot tall frog who loved peanut butter to Roald Dahl, the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He took it to lunch and showed it to the editor of a British children's magazine - and she asked to publish the story! (For no money, which might have been a warning about how hard it is to make a living writing.)

My dream of writing went dormant until I was in my 30s, working at a corporate job, and started writing books on the side. Those first few years - when I wrote a book a year, worked full time, and had a baby - are now thankfully a blur. Now I'm very lucky to make a living doing what I love. I have written 15 novels for adults and teens, with more on the way. My books have gotten starred reviews, been chosen for IndieNext, translated into eight languages and won awards in several states. And Face of Betrayal, which I co-wrote with Lis Wiehl, was on the New York Times bestseller list for four weeks.

I have also reviewed literary fiction, YA literature, and mysteries and thrillers for the Oregonian, and have written articles for both The Writer and Writers Digest.

In 2014, look for two books: The Body in the Woods, the first in the Point Last Seen series, and A Deadly Business, co-written with Lis Wiehl.

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