The Night She Disappeared by APRIL HENRY
Review: ARC provided by the publisher
April Henry's young adult thriller is exciting and will have you sitting at the edge of your seat until the very last page!
Gabie, Drew and Kayla all work together at a pizzeria. When Kayla goes missing one night, Drew tells Gabie that the kidnapper let it slip that Gabie was his first choice and her world is turned upside down. While the rest of the town thinks that Kayla is dead, Drew and Gabie fight to find clues to prove that she is still alive.
This book had me hooked from the opening line. The plot was rather straight forward but it moved at a rapid pace with clues and revelations happening in almost every chapter. Nothing ever dragged, it seems that April Henry has perfected the art of giving the readers just enough information to have them begging for more.
All of the characters were central to the plot. The book follows the perspective of a different character each chapter so it's easy to get into his or her head and follow how this character can aid in Kayla's recovery. Drew, the last person to see Kayla before her disappearance, was an admirable character and Gabie's loyalty to Kayla was touching. I loved all of the characters, their interactions, and how they played a role in the plot. Henry also adds tidbits of information to make the characters more interesting, like the scuba diver explains his process and his history as a diver, and Drew explains how pizzas are made and what the ingredients are like. Little things like that made the novel seem more real and inviting.
The writing style is what made me give this book such a high rating, not only is writing absolutely flawless, the style captures the reader's attention. Like I stated earlier, each chapter follows the actions or thoughts of another central character which makes the novel more interesting than just following one character throughout the novel. Also, Henry includes fun tidbits like Kayla's latest fortune cookie, transcripts between the police and suspects, and evidence lists. Henry's ability to play with the format of the book and how she revealed some information made the book more fun to read!
The Night She Disappeared is extremely fun novel that will keep you on your toes until the mystery is solved. I dare you to NOT devour this book in one sitting!
Recommended: I recommend this book for fans of thriller mystery novels told from various perspectives.