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

Posted May 16, 2013 by Bonnie in 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

Also by this author: The Night She Disappeared


“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.


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

  1. Maja

    Ugh, I hate it when the villain is two-dimensional. There's nothing worse than that. If it's someone I need to fear, I need the author to convince me he's terrifying! Purely evil villains can be fun sometimes,but they're not particularly frightening, not really.
    Henry has a talent for creating tension, but I must admit I expected more from this one.

  2. Heidi

    This sounds like it had a whole lot of potential but the bad guys have to really scare me. You are right that quote about the gay person is just weird and wrong. I haven't read this author's work but it does sound interesting!
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  3. Oh no, not the dreaded "here are all my evil plans" villain monologue! I hate when that happens, thought it never ceases to amuse me. 🙂 In spite of your issues, this does sound like a book I might enjoy. I love a good fast-paced mystery, and there really aren't enough of those in YA. I need to at least give this one a try. Wonderful review! 🙂

  4. Boo, I'm disappointed about the villains, but I'm glad you enjoyed this one overall. I'll be reading it pretty soon, and hope I do as well.
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