Author: April Henry

Early Review – The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry

May 16, 2013 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Early Review, Read in 2013 4 Comments

I received this book free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Early Review – The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April HenryThe Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on June 11th 2013
Pages: 224
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Also by this author: The Night She Disappeared

three-stars

“Take her out back and finish her off.”

She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that there are two men arguing over whether or not to kill her.

And that she must run.

In her riveting style, April Henry crafts a nail-biting thriller involving murder, identity theft, and biological warfare. Follow Cady and Ty (her accidental savior turned companion), as they race against the clock to stay alive.

‘[…]my mind shut down. Went blank. Went someplace where I wouldn’t have to remember.’

What would you do if you woke up to find you had been kidnapped? What would you do if you somehow manage to escape but realize you have no idea where you were? What would you do if you didn’t have any idea who you were? The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die is a riveting thriller of a girl who has to piece together the past so she can live to see the future.

I’ve read April Henry’s ‘The Night She Disappeared’ and it’s an incredibly short yet fast-paced mystery which I really enjoyed. To me, ‘The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die’ is also short and fast-paced yet more complex and required more pages in order to properly flush out the mystery. The pieces of the puzzle don’t start coming together until near the very end and once the pieces started forming they left me with an unnaturally rushed feeling that I felt could have been avoided with more explanation/pages.

There were a few issues I had in particular:
The ‘bad guys’ were inherently bad and lacked any sort of complexity thus making them quite a bore. Plus, it always makes me giggle when the bad guys completely reveal all their plans right before they intent on killing you.
Also, there was a strange and unnecessary reference to a gay character.
‘His voice swoops up and down. He sounds more gay than before. I wonder if he’s doing it deliberately – to make them think there would be no reason for him to give a girl shelter.’
Which… makes zero sense. Because he’s a gay man he couldn’t possibly have any ‘girl’ friends? Or even possible care about their well-being? That passage just struck me as completely irrelevant.

Also, there wasn’t a love-interest exactly but there was a male character that became involved in her drama trouble. After meeting him while trying to hide from the ‘bad guys’ he realizes she’s in dire need of help and assists in getting her past them. In my opinion, that should have been the end of their relationship but instead this guy basically risks the possible destruction of any future he may have for this girl he doesn’t know. It just wasn’t plausible. There was a slight explanation given for his ‘need’ to help her and it kind of make sense but still didn’t completely work for me in way of explanation.

Despite my issues, I did still mostly enjoy The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die. It is fast-paced, exciting, and definitely suspenseful.

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Book Review – The Night She Disappeared by April Henry

March 6, 2012 Bonnie Book Reviews, Read in 2012, YA 2 Comments

I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review – The Night She Disappeared by April HenryThe Night She Disappeared by April Henry
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on March 13th 2012
Pages: 256
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

three-stars

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.

‘The Night She Disappeared’ was a rousing thriller that I really enjoyed. It had me on the edge of my seat with no idea what the possible outcome might be… the pages were flying. Lovers of this genre: you will be missing out if you pass this one up. I’m a big of mysteries/thrillers and this book made me realize I haven’t read a really enjoyable one in a long time.

When Drew sends Kayla out to deliver a pizza order, he has no idea that it may have just been the last time he’ll ever see her again. Her car is later found abandoned and Kayla is nowhere to be found. Gabie blames herself for what happened to Kayla; after all, ‘John Robertson’ asked about her specifically when he called in his pizza order. She blames herself for what happened all the while scared that he’ll still come for her eventually. Feeling as if Kayla is still alive, Gabie confides in Drew and they form a friendship that didn’t exist between them prior to the kidnapping.

The way ‘The Night She Disappeared’ was written was incredibly interesting. I really enjoyed how the story was told from a vast array of different perspectives such as Drew, Kayla, Gabie, 911 transcripts, police interview transcripts, and even ‘pictures’ of bits of evidence obtained. The author did such a great job at relaying information to the reader that she really built a complete picture which made the story truly realistic. Typically, I find stories written from multiple POVs to be convoluted and a big hot mess but this ended up being the complete opposite. There was also an interesting ‘psychic-connection’ between Gabie and Kayla that was added to the mix. Gabie kept having particularly strong feelings that Kayla was indeed alive, despite evidence to the contrary. The author didn’t go overboard with this idea, so it ended up being a nice subtle touch.

Overall, I was quite surprised at how strong a story it was. It may have been slightly predictable; however, it was so enjoyable throughout the whole story that I hardly noticed. I’m definitely interested in checking out more from this author!

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