The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

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“Take her out back and finish her off.”

She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that there are two men arguing over whether or not to kill her.

And that she must run.

In her riveting style, April Henry crafts a nail-biting thriller involving murder, identity theft, and biological warfare. Follow Cady and Ty (her accidental...

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Overview

“Take her out back and finish her off.”

She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that there are two men arguing over whether or not to kill her.

And that she must run.

In her riveting style, April Henry crafts a nail-biting thriller involving murder, identity theft, and biological warfare. Follow Cady and Ty (her accidental savior turned companion), as they race against the clock to stay alive.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Henry (The Night She Disappeared) delivers another speedy, suspenseful mystery, this one reminiscent of Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne books. The story opens when a teenager (later revealed to be a 16-year-old girl named Cady) "comes to" in the woods of Oregon, beaten and with no memories of preceding events or her identity. While she doesn't recognize her own reflection, she can still think logically and knows self-defense, which she uses to free herself from her two captors and imminent death. In scenes that pull from horror conventions, Cady tries to get help from the police, but no one believes she's anything other an escaped mental patient until she meets Ty, a McDonald's employee and EMT-in-training who has also lost his family. Together, they change Cady's appearance, steal a car, and go on the run, trying to collect clues before Cady's past catches up with them. The novel only spans a few days, and Henry's airtight plotting and efficient, stylized writing brings tension into each scene. Shrewd characterizations lend additional substance to this adrenaline-inducing read. Ages 14–up. Agent: Wendy Schmalz, Wendy Schmalz Agency. (June)
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Henry has turned up the intensity several notches from her previous YA books with this edge-of-your-seat thriller. The novel begins with a girl regaining consciousness just in time to hear her own death sentence: "Finish her off!" She outsmarts her would-be killer and escapes in his car, but she has no memory of who she is, where she is, or why she is being hunted. She figures she must be at least 16 as she knows how to drive. Many of the short, action-packed chapters cover mere minutes, while others encompass an hour or two. Aided by Ty, a nice guy she meets at a fast-food place, she escapes the first set of men trailing her and uses the Internet to piece together her story. According to articles and a Facebook profile, she is Cady Scott, a troubled runaway from Oregon who might be involved in a murder. But certain tbits of information they find don't make sense. Cady and Ty go on the run, stealing a car to return to Portland to piece together her identity. The plot thickens to include biological weapons, double-crossing, and corporate intrigue. The employees of Z-Biotech, the evil company Cady's parents worked for, seem almost unbelievably unethical, but most readers will be racing to turn the pages without questioning details. Suggest this one to fans of Stefan Petrucha's Split (Walker, 2010) and Matt Whyman's Icecore (2007) and Goldstrike (2010, both S & S) for a good adrenaline rush with the tiniest hint of romance.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX
Kirkus Reviews
The only thing Katie knows for sure is that someone wants to kill her. "Take her out back and finish her off," is one of the first things the 16-year-old hears when she comes to in an isolated cabin in the woods of Oregon. Suffering from amnesia, Katie doesn't recall anything about her life, including where she's from, who her family is or even the excruciating pain of having two fingernails torn off. But her body remembers enough martial arts to incapacitate her captor and escape. When she tries to contact the authorities, they believe she is an escaped patient from a local mental hospital. Is she an insane murderer, as news reports suggest? With no place to hide and everyone a potential liar (including herself), Katie races across the state, piecing together clues and scraps of memories, to try to figure out who she is in this thriller with nonstop twists and turns. Her only ally is Ty, a former homeless teen she meets at a brief fast-food stop. The possibility of biological warfare amps up the suspense, while short chapters and Katie's direct, first-person narration make the Hollywood-blockbuster–like story pulsate. Although rushed, the ending stays true to the mood and consistent pacing of Katie's plight. An adrenaline rush for reluctant readers. (Thriller. 14 & up)
From the Publisher
"The novel only spans a few days, and Henry's airtight plotting and efficient, stylized writing brings tension into each scene. Shrewd characterizations lend additional substance to this adrenaline-inducing read." — Publishers Weekly

"Suggest this one to fans of Stefan Petrucha’s Split (Walker, 2010) and Matt Whyman’s Icecore (2007) and Goldstrike (2010, both S & S) for a good adrenaline rush with the tiniest hint of romance." — School Library Journal

"April Henry has it down with her taut mysteries, and The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die is as good as her other works. Suspense and tension build from the first page—in which men are taking Cady out to kill her—to the last, as she uncovers the secrets in this eco-thriller."

- School Library Journal

"Older Jack and Jill readers will find themselves unable to put down this book until they reach the stunning conclusion."

- Jack and Mill Magazine

"Henry is a dependable best-selling force in both adult and YA worlds, and this book is tailor-made to please her fan base." — Booklist

 

"Henry (The Night She Disappeared) delivers another speedy, suspenseful mystery, this one reminiscent of Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne books."—Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Night She Disappeared:

“The reader must wait with baited breath to see when and if the characters will uncover the truth as the suspense builds to a fever pitch near the end of the book.” —VOYA

“Fans of intense page-turners . . . will love this one.” —School Library Journal

“It’s a riveting story. . . . Each chapter is a surprise, and the tension builds steadily until the inevitable climactic face off.” —Publishers Weekly

Praise for Girl, Stolen:

 An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

An ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults

“Constantly interesting and suspenseful.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Thoroughly exciting.” —Booklist

“Readers will be hard-pressed to put this one down before its heart-pounding conclusion.” —School Library Journal

“Be ready to be startled and inspired as the story reaches its climax. Readers will race to the end.” —The Strand Magazine

“The pace is impeccable, becoming rapidly more frantic as Cheyenne realizes her chances for success are dwindling. In addition, the premise itself is powerfully realistic and compelling, with one small incident (Griffin’s jumping into a car that had the keys in the ignition) snowballing into a nightmare series of events that will change everyone.” —BCCB

“Henry spins a captivating tale that shifts between Cheyenne’s and Griffin’s thoughts. Both are well-built, complex characters, trapped in their own ways by life’s circumstances, which—paired with a relentlessly fast pace—ensures a tense read.” —Publishers Weekly

Children's Literature - Magi Evans
A teenage girl regains consciousness in a mountain cabin; she has no idea where she is, or even who she is. From her aching muscles, her loose tooth, and the missing fingernails on her left hand, she realizes she has been beaten and tortured. But why? What did her torturer think that she knew? Why cannot she remember? When she is herded outside, presumably to be killed, she suddenly calls upon instinctive martial arts moves to overpower her captor and escape. Seeking help from a security guard at a gated community, she is told that she is Cady Scott, an escapee from a mental hospital, and that her doctor is on his way to take her back. Realizing that something about his explanation makes no sense, she runs again. Finally, exhausted and starving, she enters a McDonald's and meets Ty, a boy her age who believes her admittedly incredible story. Intrigued, Ty offers his help, and together they begin to piece together the puzzle of Cady's memory loss and capture, and what has happened to the rest of her family. But when they get to Cady's house, and her memory finally returns completely, the one person they thought they could trust betrays them, and they find themselves involved in a conspiracy that, if they do not act successfully, could mean the deaths of millions of people. Now they must commit a daring and dangerous act, to save Cady's family and prevent the conspirators from completing their plot. Henry knows how to create and sustain suspense, as the two teens are always running into, and running from, the people who will stop at nothing to find what they are looking for. Cady and Ty are smart, brave and creative characters that readers will care about. Chapter headings with the day and time (the action takes place over a mere two days) give the story a movie-like feel, making this a fast read that teen readers will easily devour in one sitting and wish for more. Reviewer: Magi Evans
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805095418
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 6/11/2013
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 109,510
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

April Henry is the New York Times–bestselling author of many acclaimed mysteries for adults and young adults, including the YA novels Girl, Stolen and The Night She Disappeared, and the thriller Face of Betrayal, co-authored with Lis Wiehl. She lives in Oregon.

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CHAPTER 1

DAY 1, 4:51 P.M.

 

 

I wake up.

But wake up isn’t quite right. That implies sleeping. A bed. A pillow.

I come to.

Instead of a pillow, my right cheek is pressed against something hard, rough, and gritty. A worn wood floor.

My mouth tastes like old pennies. Blood. With my eyes still closed, I gently touch my teeth with my tongue. One of them feels loose. The inside of my mouth is shredded and sore. My head aches and there’s a faint buzzing in one ear.

And something is wrong with my left hand. The tips of my pinkie and ring finger throb with every beat of my heart. The pain is sharp and red.

Two men are talking, their voices a low murmur. Something about no one coming for me. Something about it’s too late.

I decide to keep my eyes closed. Not to move. I’m not sure I could anyway. It’s not only my tooth that feels wrong.

Footsteps move closer to me. A shoe kicks me in the ribs. Not very hard. More like a nudge. Still, I don’t allow myself to react. Through slitted eyes, I see two pairs of men’s shoes. One pair of brown boots and one pair of red-brown dress shoes that shade to black on the toes. A distant part of me thinks the color is called oxblood.

“She doesn’t know anything,” a man says. He doesn’t sound angry or even upset. It’s a simple statement of fact.

I realize he’s right. I don’t know anything. What’s wrong with me, where I am, who they are. And when I try to think about who I am, what I get is: nothing. A big gray hole. All I know for sure is that I must be in trouble.

“I need to get back to Portland and follow our leads there,” the other man says. “You need to take care of things here. Take her out back and finish her off.”

“But she’s just a kid,” the first man says. His tone is not quite so neutral now.

“A kid?” The second man’s voice hardens. “If she talks to the cops, she could get us both sent to death row. It’s either her or us. It’s that simple.” His footsteps move away from me. “Call me when you’re done.”

The other man nudges me with his foot again. A little harder this time.

Behind me, I hear a door open and close.

“Come on. Get up.” With a sigh, he leans over and grabs me under my arms. Grunting, he hauls me up from behind. His breath smells bitter, like coffee. I try to keep my body limp, but when my left hand brushes the floor, the pain in my fingers is an electric shock. My legs stiffen and he pulls me to my feet.

“That’s right,” he says, nudging me forward while still holding me up. “We’re going to take a little walk.”

Since he already knows that I’m conscious, I figure I can open my eyes halfway. We’re in what looks like a cabin, with knotty pine walls and a black wood-burning stove. Yellow stuffing spills from sliced cushions on an old plaid couch and a green high-backed chair. Books lie splayed below an emptied bookcase. Someone was obviously looking for something, but I don’t know what, and I don’t know if they found it. Past the red-and-white-checkered curtains lie nothing but fir trees.

With the guy’s arm clamped around my shoulders, I stumble past a table with four wood chairs. One of them is turned away from the table. Ropes loosely encircle the arms. A pair of bloody pliers sits on the table next to what seems like two silver-white chips mostly painted pink.

I look down at my limp left hand. Pink polish on three of the nails. The tips of the last two fingers are wet and red where nails used to be.

I think I know where I was before I ended up on the floor.

I keep every step small and shuffling so that he’s half carrying me. It’s not easy because he’s not much bigger than me, maybe five foot nine. The guy mutters under his breath, but that’s all. Maybe he doesn’t want to get to where we are going any more than I do. The back door is about twenty feet away.

Outside, a car starts up and then drives away. The only other sounds are the wind in the trees outside and the man grunting every now and then as he tries to make my body walk in a straight line.

Wherever we are, I think we’re alone. It’s just me and this guy. And once he manages to get me out the door, he’ll follow instructions.

He’ll finish me off.

Kill me.

 

Text copyright © 2013 by April Henry

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  • Posted June 13, 2013

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    As soon as I read the synopsis for The Girl Who Was Supposed To

    As soon as I read the synopsis for The Girl Who Was Supposed To Die, I HAD to get my hands on a copy ASAP. However I was still cautious in limiting my expectations because I was burnt way too many times by thriller books. Also I wasn't the biggest fan of April Henry's previous book. However I am happy to inform you guys that this book was so freaking amazing. I couldn't put it down and finished it in one sitting. April Henry was able to capture me from the first page and only released me on the last page. The novel starts with the main protagonist, Cady, coming to (she didn't feel like using the word "wake" is correct in her circumstances) on the floor of a cabin, all bruised and bloodied and hears someone say "Take her out back and finish her off". The kicker is that Cady doesn't remember anything. Not her name, her life, memories and past. So imagine how freaked out she is, and I was, when she realizes this, during her dire situation. However Cady, I have to admit, was hardcore. She was fierce and while she had the usual doubts and fear, anyone would be in her situation, it still didn't overshadow her logic and judgement and I love that her intuition and gut feeling was always right and she followed it. What made this novel such a thrill is that we were in the same level as Cady, we know nothing about her world. Also, the need to know why two men tortured her and wanted to kill her made me read and flip the pages faster. If you guys are looking for a romance, then this book isn't for you.This book doesn't need romance to keep us interested. Heck, I always say I love it when books have a little bit of romance, even if it isn't prominent, but for this book, I guess there is the potential for a romance with the guy Cady meets, who ends up helping her. But that isn't the priority here; we aren't that shallow right? I was glad that Cady could find someone who was willing to help her. Ty, was such a nice guy, I never once doubted that he didn't have Cady's best interest. Concerning why Cady was kidnapped to begin with, I would rather not say, but the story wraps up wonderfully by the end when you finally find the reason. April Henry did an amazing job in this novel and while I would have given it 5 stars, a sentence in the novel left a bitter taste in my mouth. Linking terrorists to people of strong faith, which isn't always the case, just a stereotype. So while I enjoyed this novel a ton, I just couldn't love it unconditionally for that one sentence. All in all, The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die will appeal to all thriller and mystery fans. With a cover and synopsis like this, who wouldn't want to read it? especially since it is only about 230 pages, making it a very fast read. I will definitely be on the lookout for more books by Henry.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    Great!

    Was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Should have been longer, as it only took me 2 days to read it, but other than that was great! I really appreciate there not being any cuss words or sexual things, other than kissing! Thank you to the author for that! The begining is very action- packed and i love how we are as confued as she is, but it is an exciting kind of confused. Great read!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2013

    Wow

    Just by reading the sample i can tell this is a good book but the problem is im a christian and my mom does npot like books like novels with witches killing or anything like that but i llllooovvvee james paterson witch and wizard series any advice?: ) +-<

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    AWESOME BOOK

    I just loved this book. It kept on the edge of my seat the whole time. I never wanted to put it down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    Love it

    Got @ my school library still reading it but amazing so far !!!!!
    Read it ,one of the best i have read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    I requested this book from the publisher because this book sound

    I requested this book from the publisher because this book sounded wicked cool. I’ve noticed that there have been a few books with this amnesia concept, but this one took that to a whole new level. This book had a really interesting plot as we followed Cady and tried to figure out who on earth would kidnap a teenager and do such awful things to her. When the book opens, she hardly has any idea of who she is and what she is capable of. I felt really bad for Cady as she struggled to find out who he was.

    This book was incredibly short. It was under 200 pages, and that was both a good and a bad thing. It was great because it meant that the plot kept moving and there was little time to be bored by the book. At the same time though, I felt that the character development suffered in this respect. I felt that there was a lot of info dumping as far as what Cady’s life was like and what happened with Ty and his family. I wish that there had been more of a gradual introduction of information.

    I liked that this book read like a movie. I could see it playing out in my head as I read, the way that she had to fight to get away from the bad guys and how she went through this mess trying to figure out what was going on. I thought that as Cady discovered what was going on, her reactions were very real regarding the threat that she was under. I didn’t think that she was overly vigilant or a total space case, I think that for the most part she had decent reactions and good instincts. (Although there were a few times that I was like “That’s your reaction?”)

    I found the plot to be clever and really interesting. There were a few things that were predictable but I still found myself enjoying the book. Like I said, its really fast paced and a great read for an afternoon stuck in the house.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Great read

    This book had me on the edge of my seat for one sitting this book is great.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    Thriller

    I have only read the first three chapters and i already love it:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    This book is awesome!

    It has unexpected twists and turns. It was nothing how i expected it,in a good way.

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