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The Night She Disappeared

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The Night She Disappeared

On a typical night at Pete’s Pizza, two teen workers have switched shifts. Kayla had asked Gabie to work on Wednesday so she could have Friday night off. A man calls to order food and wonders if “the girl in the Mini Cooper” was making the deliveries. Usually Gabie is driving the Mini Cooper, but since Kayla is filling in for her, it is Kayla who goes missing. Gabie becomes obsessed with the idea that she was the one who was supposed to be kidnapped and feels obligated to find and help Kayla before she is murdered.

"Teens will have no problem following along and eagerly will be reading to see if the pieces come together in time to save Kayla. They will enjoy this very real story with its details about other missing person cases, even as they feel the escalating emotions of the characters."

The police are convinced that Kayla knew the person who took her and that she was the intended target. Inside Kayla’s car, which is found near the river (along with a bloody rock), are her purse and keys, and the pizza boxes and her cap are on the ground.

April Henry shifts points of view here, so readers can see what is happening to Gabie, Kayla, co-worker Drew, the killer, and others who become involved. Details and procedure for this kind of case are well researched, and each step is drawn out for readers as tension mounts and days pass. A white truck was seen in the area of Kayla’s car, but the owner then paints it brown. The police go after that driver and stop looking elsewhere.

Drew and Gabie find themselves becoming closer as they try to focus on work and piece together what happened. The suspect keeps watching Gabie and even returns to the pizza parlor. A psychic is brought in and says she is connecting with Kayla, and that the missing girl is dead. A funeral service is held. But Gabie begins to feel a pull towards Kayla, who she believes is still alive. 

Though the points of view regularly switch, Henry deftly weaves the story while making it clear who is narrating and what struggles he or she maintain. Teens will have no problem following along and eagerly will be reading to see if the pieces come together in time to save Kayla. They will enjoy this very real story with its details about other missing person cases, even as they feel the escalating emotions of the characters.

Reviewed by Amy Alessio on May 31, 2012

The Night She Disappeared
by April Henry

  • Publication Date: March 5, 2013
  • Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult 12+
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • ISBN-10: 1250016746
  • ISBN-13: 9781250016744