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May 14, 2012

Review: The Night She Disappeared by April Henry

The Night She Disappeared
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.

I am a HUGE fan of mystery books. I think it might have something to do with my choice in career. I'm currently working towards being a forensic psychologist, you know, working with killers, criminal profiling, that sort of thing. So this book was right up my alley.

Gabie can't help but think that it was her who was supposed to be kidnapped that fateful night. The kidnapper asked for her and now she has a feeling that Kayla isn't dead. Gabie feels somewhat responsible with having to find her.

I really enjoyed the way this book was organized. We got to read the perspectives of almost everyone in the book. Some chapters were told from the kidnapper's point of view and the others from Gabie, Kayla, and Drew's points of view. Aside from that, the book also incorporates different media. There are clips from newspapers, notes, transcripts of conversations, 911 calls, and even some pamphlets. To me those really brought the story to another level. They help the reader feel involved in the story.

The romance in the book is very subtle. Gabie and Drew clearly have a thing for each other but Gabie is too focused on the kidnapping to even pay attention to it. The romance is definitely a second thought in this book. The scary part for me is the thought of how easily this could happen in real life. The reality of the situation was what kept me at the edge of my seat.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy a good mystery. There is nothing too out of this world in the book, it is just a regular mystery that keeps you hooked. So if you love fast paced mystery reads, then this one is definitely for you.

4/5 stars

1 comment:

  1. You are a forensic psychologist? How cool is that? I love a good mystery myself from time to time, although I admit I can't read too much because I become this hyperaware, paranoid person. This really reminds me of the movie by Amanda Seyfried called Gone even though the plot is not really that similar. Just added this to my TBR! Great review! :)

    Sarah @ Smitten over Books