Title: The Night She Disappeared
Author: April Henry
Date(s) read: July 25, 2013
Genre: YA Mystery
Source: Publisher (Hardcover)
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.
Thank you to Hachette Book Group Canada for sending me a review copy of this book!
I’ve never really been one for mysteries. I’ve give them a try in the past and can usually guess what’s going on (which maybe says something about my choices, rather than the genre itself). But when I saw the cover for this one, I was intrigued. Also, reading the synopsis about a girl who goes missing delivering pizzas sent chills up my spine. Something that seems so innocent — really, a job for a lot of people — shouldn’t be something that’s life threatening.
I really liked this story. The mood was set right away with Kayla working with Drew. Kayla goes to make a delivery, something that she’s done many times before, and disappears. The story is told from the perspective of some of the main characters, as well as 911 calls, news articles, and other tidbits throughout. It really was a great way to tell a story, letting the reader completely absorb themselves in the mystery as if they were the detective on the case.
It was also nice that the story wasn’t so cut-and-paste as some mysteries. There’s some shadiness going on that had me wanting to yell at certain characters. It really was a book that kept me guessing! Not only that, but it was very scary to think about. How many things do we do during the day that we just don’t think twice about doing? Things that could actually be harmful if the wrong person came along?
The only real problem I had with the book was the ending, which I’m obviously not going to get into. But sometimes things happen that just don’t seem realistic and that was the one instance of that happening. Of course, even with that, I still really enjoyed the story and was happy to lost myself in it for a few hours.
This was fast-paced and exciting — a book I had a hard time putting down. I had heard wonderful things about April Henry in the past and am very happy to have tried out her work. I know this won’t be my last book by her — I look forward to trying out many more works!