The Night She Disappeared by April Henry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Goodreads: 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 take: This book ranks up in the category of Ted Dekker only for teens. Or, more aptly put, about teens. It is well paced and terrifying. Henry proves to be an excellent writer in the genre of thriller/YA. The characters are developed enough that the reader knows them but not over developed so the reader tires of reading about them.
Within the story, the book includes information about forensics, police investigations, politics, and a good mystery. I would not hand it to a younger teen simply because it is disturbing to read about a child (17 years old) being abducted while delivering pizzas. It is very realistic and well written.
*I received a free copy of this book from publishing company in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.