The Night She Disappeared [NOOK Book]

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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...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Gabie has a seemingly normal and boring life. She works at Pete's Pizza part-time, she drives a Mini Cooper, and both of her parents are doctors who obsess over her most of their waking hours. Then Kayla Cutler disappears after making a delivery, and Gabie's life is changed forever. At first, she thinks about how it was such a coincidence that Kayla disappeared on the night that the teens had agreed to switch shifts. Then, when Drew, a coworker, tells her that the caller who ordered three monster pizzas asked for the girl who drives the Mini Cooper, Gabie soon realizes that she was the intended victim, and she'll stop at nothing to find Kayla. This fast-paced, gripping thriller incorporates many different devices to keep the story moving along. Medical reports, 9-1-1 transcripts, and chapters told by a variety of characters will keep readers involved. Although the ending comes a little too fast and is too neatly tied up, Gabie is an intriguing protagonist. She's the one who has to keep the investigation going, even when most of the community is convinced that Kayla might be dead. Drew's home life and troubles are at the opposite spectrum of Gabie's, so he provides readers with a different perspective through which to see the case. He adds a hint of a romance to the mix. Fans of intense page-turners and those who liked Michele Jaffe's Rosebush (Penguin, 2010) or Lucy Christopher's Stolen (Scholastic, 2010) will love this one.—Traci Glass, Eugene Public Library, OR
Publishers Weekly
When 17-year-old Kayla Cutler, an employee at Pete’s Pizza, disappears while delivering an order, her fellow employees are shocked and disturbed. Unfolding over the two weeks after Kayla vanishes, Henry’s (Girl, Stolen) heart-pounding mystery alternates among the perspectives of numerous characters, including Kayla’s co-workers Gabie, who is traumatized by Kayla’s kidnapping (and believes that she was the intended target), and Drew, a “straight-C stoner” who is supporting his drug-addicted mother, as well as a diver searching the Willamette River, a psychic, Kayla herself—and the man who kidnapped her. As Kayla plots an escape from the room in which she’s being held, Gabie and Drew try to investigate what happened to her, holding out hope that she’s still alive. It’s a riveting story that many readers will finish in one sitting, full of suspects and augmented by police reports, interviews, and newspaper articles that, along with the variety of voices, make the events feel all the more real. Each chapter is a surprise, and the tension builds steadily until the inevitable climactic face-off. Ages 12–up. Agent: Wendy Schmalz, Wendy Schmalz Agency. (Mar.)
From the Publisher

“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 and those who liked Michele Jaffe’s Rosebush or Lucy Christopher’s Stolen 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:

* “Girl, Stolen grabs your attention with the first page you read. . . . Each page holds new questions that are answered in the most unexpected ways.” —VOYA, starred review

“Constantly interesting and suspenseful.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A captivating tale . . . 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

Girl, Stolen is page turning suspense with a clever heroine who meets up with bad luck, bad men, a bad dog, bad weather, bad health and has to face them without seeing them. A nail bitter.” —Gail Giles

“A unique and clever premise. Cheyenne has to be one of the most resourceful heroines in recent memory.” —Todd Strasser, bestselling author of Wish You Were Dead

Gail Giles

Girl, Stolen is page turning suspense with a clever heroine who meets up with bad luck, bad men, a bad dog, bad weather, bad health and has to face them without seeing them. A nail bitter.
bestselling author of Wish You Were Dead Todd Strasser

A unique and clever premise. Cheyenne has to be one of the most resourceful heroines in recent memory.
Todd Strasser

A unique and clever premise. Cheyenne has to be one of the most resourceful heroines in recent memory.
VOYA - Erin Wyatt
Kayla never returns to the pizza place where she works after a delivery one night. The evidence indicates that she was attacked. Her disappearance leaves a large hole in the lives of coworkers Gabie and Drew, who are drawn together despite their drastically different life circumstances. Gabie insists that Kayla is still alive despite evidence pointing to the contrary, as the police and a psychic hired by the family of the missing girl feel that the crime has been solved, the girl has been killed, and the killer has been found. In this plot-driven, page-turning thriller, the narrative switches between characters in first person from various perspectives. Henry provides just enough detail to provide depth and complexity to the characters. Documents and transcripts are used throughout the book to provide more insight into evidence and police reports made regarding the disappearance of Kayla. The narrative reveals from the outset who has taken Kayla and how she is being treated. 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. Reviewer: Erin Wyatt
Children's Literature - Heather Robertson Mason
Kayla left one night to deliver a pizza and never returned. The man who ordered asked for the girl in the Mini-Cooper...Gabie. Now questions are everywhere. Who took Kayla? Is she still alive? Was Gabie the intended target? Gabie can't stand the questions, nor how long it is taking the police to find Kayla. Despite her sheltered life, she sets out on a mission to find out the truth, and she convinces Drew, a fellow employee to come with her. Gabie knows Kayla is still alive, and the two of them must prove it before it is too late. This book is an exciting mystery. It starts right after the disappearance, so the action is immediate. Each chapter is a different point of view, usually either Drew's or Gabie's, but periodically the kidnapper, the police, and even Kayla herself make an appearance. The book does lag in a few spots, and the kidnapper's motives are not completely explained, but that would be true of a real investigation. There is a little romance, but the mystery of finding Kayla remains front and center; that is what makes this a good book for both boys and girls. Overall, the story is dramatic and the characters easy to empathize with. Although there is a lot of introspection that might bore weaker readers or those craving non-stop action, there is enough action to keep the story going for most readers. Reviewer: Heather Robertson Mason
Kirkus Reviews
When a popular high-school girl disappears while delivering pizza at her part-time job, her two fellow employees and classmates try to figure out what happened. Drew Lyle takes the call, Kayla Cutler delivers the pizza, but the man ordering it wants to know if the girl who drives the Mini Cooper--that's Gabie Klug--will be the delivery girl. When Kayla doesn't return, Drew calls the police and the mystery kicks in. Who was the man; what happened to Kayla; why did he ask about Gabie; and, as time begins to pass, is Kayla still alive? Neither Drew nor Gabie, who go to the same high school as Kayla but are work rather than social friends, knows anything, but they are determined to find out. The thriller is narrated using a collage technique. Interspersed with the kids' and perpetrator's first-person accounts are police reports, 911 transcripts, webpages, interviews, etc., which add interest and texture to what otherwise would be a straight genre tale. The police seem amazingly obtuse, Gabie's belief that Kayla is alive is given no realistic, clue-based hook and the third quarter has some pacing problems. Still, Gabie and Drew's budding relationship is believable, and it has a strong wingding climax followed by a feel-good ending. Unexceptional but solid. (Mystery. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429942454
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 68,905
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL680L (what's this?)
  • File size: 873 KB

Meet the Author

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


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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  • Posted March 19, 2012

    This book went by way to fast. I enjoyed the way that it's story

    This book went by way to fast. I enjoyed the way that it's story played out. It's not told from one or two peoples perspectives but really unravels as a movie would. We see the different views of each person that becomes involved somehow in the kidnapping case.
    Drew-(the last one to see Kayla)
    Gabie- (the one that was supposed to have been kidnapped)
    Kayla- (the kidnapped)
    the kidnapper- (spoilery statement stricken)
    The police officers (investigation and questioning of people involved or suspect)
    The Parents of the Kids above (psychics, media interviews and family)

    It's a suspenseful thriller, you don't know exactly what is going to happen to Kayla, the kidnapper is creepy and dangerous. But it was a gripping and intense read from the first page. There was a little bit of break from the direct kidnapping story when Gabie and Drew form a closeness and are confused emotionally about whether their feelings are real or if it's the situation and need to feel and talk to each other about what has happened.
    I was impressed by the ending and think that the format of the book was very well put together. I am a huge horror fan, and it was nice to see a little bit of creep factor and suspense, it's been over a year since reading a book similar to the thrill I got when I picked up this one and was sad that it was so short, but I intend on searching for more similar to this because I had a great time reading it.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

    REVIEW BASED ON AN ADVANCED COPY. 4.5 stars April Henry's youn

    REVIEW BASED ON AN ADVANCED COPY.

    4.5 stars

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Ashley

    Very good book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Good book

    One of the best books I ever read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Anonymous

    Amazing book. It was fast-paced and very interesting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    I love it

    This is my favorite book in the whole world. Idont know why i didnt pick iit earlier.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Great suspenseful thriller

    I got this book at the library bc i'd heard lots of good things about it....andit was amazing! The constant tension and mystery just blew me away, and the format of the book was amazing and read like a movie. I finihed it in two hours an now i'm on the hunt for more of april henry's work!
    Wish i couldgiveit ten stars!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    The night she disapered

    I could'nt put it down... literaly. I started reading at 5:00 pm, and did'nt stop til i finished around 4:30

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2015

    I LOVED this book! And I'm going to read another book by  April

    I LOVED this book! And I'm going to read another book by 
    April Henery! She is an amazing author and I can't wait to get 
    my eyes on another story she wrote!! The ending almost made me 
    cry!(happy tears!) You have to read this!!!

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  • Posted October 24, 2014

    The Night She Disappeared The Night She Disappeared, written by

    The Night She Disappeared
    The Night She Disappeared, written by April Henry is a New York best seller.
    April grew up in a small town in Oregon. She’s always had an interest in reading and writing. Her favorites are mysteries and thrillers. It’s what she’s known best for in her novels. She has written over a dozen of them and enjoys doing so.
    In the book, “The Night She Disappeared” Gabie and Kayla two young women that work at Pete’s Pizza as pizza delivery girls with a coworker named Drew. Kayla goes missing one night while delivering a pizza to a false address. Gabie is shocked when she finds out that Kayla’s fate was really ment for her after a mysterious caller had ask, “is the girl in the mini cooper  delivering tonight?” Gabie and Drew work together and set out to find Kayla. 
    This book is primarily based on a true story. It had happened a few years back after April had wrote it. She wanted to get the news out kidnappings and murders happen everywhere.
    My thoughts on the book were good. The book kept me interested and focused threw out the whole time I read it. I really enjoyed reading it.
    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys thrillers and mysteries.

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  • Posted September 30, 2014

    A dark, unsettling, sometimes creepy mystery that was exactly li

    A dark, unsettling, sometimes creepy mystery that was exactly like I hoped it would be, and more. Usually only supernatural things happen to scare me, but here the idea that Gabie was actually the target, that someone was after her, was enough to scare me. The writing was great and the characters had plenty of personality, especially Gabie. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted August 12, 2014

    I really enjoyed this story! One of the reviews says " most

    I really enjoyed this story! One of the reviews says " most readers will read it all in one night." and that is exactly what happened to me.
    It is a very well done mystery story that makes you not want to put it down- ever! You will want to read it until it is over and then sit and
    ponder the story for a few minutes before realizing you just spend all night reading- which is not a bad thing whats so ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    Click her

    Does anyyboddy wanna talk?;)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    Ok

    It was ok.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Don't get this book.

    This is not a good book at all. Its poorly writen
    Also two kids smoke pot and sell it in this and get drunk. I think it had a few minior cuss words.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    Get this book!!

    This book is a thrilling and suspensful book that you wont be able to put down once you start! It talks about friendship, and that you should never give up on someone. I recomend this book to all ages! It keeps you going... i finished it in the car on my way to florida from SC!! :) go buy it now!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    HELLO CLICK HERE!!

    I realy want the book but i order a lot from my library. Is it that good that i should buy ir on my nook or should i just order it from my library? Reply to SUPEY WHY

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    AWSOME

    This book was amazin i loved how it kep you on the edge of your seat

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    Awesome!!!

    It was fast and suspenseful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Quick great read

    Love the chapters of each main character. Story get interesting fast and kept me reading.

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