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.The Night She Disappeared by April Henry
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on March 13th 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery
Also by this author: The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die
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!