16 March 2012

Review: The Night She Disappeared by April Henry

The Night She Disappeared by April Henry

Published: 13 March 2012 by Henry Holt & Co

Pages: 240 pages (hardcover)

Genre/s: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery

Source: Publisher for review

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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. 

My Thoughts

Gabie is a quiet girl who works in the local pizza place and when her colleague Kayla asks her to swap her Friday night shift Gabie agrees. However, whilst Kayla is working the shift that was meant to be Gabie’s, Kayla goes out on a delivery and never returns. Later, her car is found abandoned in an isolated location by the river, pizza’s lying around the car, and blood found on a rock on the river’s edge. As if that isn’t creepy enough, Gabie later discovers that the person who targeted Kayla that night was actually after Gabie….

Told in alternating POV of three characters, The Night She Disappeared sounded like a good, quick read – a bit of mystery, a bit of a thriller – but is also interspersed with 911 recordings, police notes and various other crime investigation data, which adds an extra facet to the story. Rather than being told of the police procedurals, they are literally shown, which I found incredibly interesting and also gave some more authenticity to the story.

I liked Gabie – as a quiet, smart girl she was also incredibly mature and felt a great deal of horror and responsibility for what happened to Kayla. Her quest to find out exactly what happened, and her conviction that Gabie was/is still alive also added to the character-building.

For me, the ending was the only let-down in this book as it felt a little rushed and could have been the perfect opportunity to really ramp up the creepy factor, but I felt that the opportunity was passed over a little.

In summary, the characters were good, the creepiness was top-notch and the unexpected extras in the book really grabbed my attention. The writing is straight forward but also builds tension very convincingly. If you like crime/mystery with a little bit extra, I recommend this book!


  1. aww I hate when endings fall flat and are rushed. The 911 calls and extra police things sound interesting. I like a creepy mystery so I hope to read this at some point. Really scary to think the girl that disappeared was supposed to be you.

  2. It was a shame - even another 5 pages would have built the tension a little more!

  3. Oh, it could definitely have been a bit longer! So agree. And I loved the fact we got to see things from the outside and then were shown those investigation glimpses. It was definitely interesting! I'm glad you seemed to like it as much as me! Great review!



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