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The Night She Disappeared

The Night She Disappeared

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by April Henry

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

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.)
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“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 (Penguin, 2010) or Lucy Christopher's Stolen (Scholastic, 2010) 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

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 on Girl, Stolen

“Constantly interesting and suspenseful.” —Kirkus Reviews on Girl, Stolen

“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 on Girl, Stolen

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 on Girl, Stolen

“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 on Girl, Stolen

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
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
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)
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

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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First Edition
Product dimensions:
5.42(w) x 8.14(h) x 0.88(d)
HL680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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.

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The Night She Disappeared 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
cubicleblindnessKM More than 1 year ago
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.
Amber_Elise More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book. It was fast-paced and very interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book in the whole world. Idont know why i didnt pick iit earlier.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could'nt put it down... literaly. I started reading at 5:00 pm, and did'nt stop til i finished around 4:30
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
New author, impossible to put down.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the 5 books that I have read by April and it was my favorite! I could not put it down. It was so detailed and made you feel like you were actually witnessing everything in the story taking place. I loved it!
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StephanieTiner More than 1 year ago
What would you do if your friend was kidnapped making a delivery at work? What would you do if you discovered that the kidnapper had asked for you? One Wednesday night, Kayla left Pete's Pizza to make a delivery and returned. When the order came in, the man on the phone asked for the girl in the Mini Cooper; Gabie. The police have no leads and no one believes Kayla is still alive, no one but Gabie. Can Gabie figure out who wanted her before it s too late? I found this book to be interesting but I hesitate to say that I liked it. To be honest, most of the book I just wanted to slap the characters in the face. The character Gabie kept having these antics that in no way helped with finding Kayla or discovering who the kidnapper was. The police officer acts like an arrogant, pigheaded know it all, which helped to shape his personality, but at the same time his police work seemed to be poorly executed investigating. However, despite my desire to smack these characters, I was quickly pulled into the story, waiting to know what would happen next and who the kidnapper was and why this had happened. At the end I was a little disappointed because something that I wish had been explained better. As a whole I would give this book three of five stars. I look forward to reading more from this author. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys realistic fiction and a good mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gets you hooked from the very beginning and keeps you hooked. The story is told from multiple perspectives, including the kidnapee and the kidnaper. Despite it being told from multiple perspectives it is very easy to follow. I recommend this book to anyone.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Gabie drives a Mini Cooper. She works at Pete's Pizza where she makes deliveries. She's the girl the customer asked for on Wednesday when Kayla was making deliveries. Gabie is the girl that would have been taken if she and Kayla hadn't swapped shifts. Now Kayla is gone. Gabie can't stop thinking about how it should have been her that night. Drew--the boy who took the call--keeps wondering if he should have done something. With Kayla dead or maybe worse, Gabie becomes obsessed with the investigation and--if she can--with finding Kayla. Riddled with guilt and his own desire to see help both girls, Drew decides to help. With time running out and few leads, Gabie and Drew will have to work together to prove that Kayla is alive and to find Kayla before she isn't anymore in The Night She Disappeared (2012) by April Henry. The Night She Disappeared is a well-assembled page-turner with a multimedia aspect as receipts, news clippings and other ephemera are interspersed to help tell the story. Short chapters with varied viewpoints and Henry's straightforward prose make this book very readable with appeal for both avid and reluctant readers. Although Gabie's connection to Kayla pushes the limits of plausibility in this contemporary mystery, it still does add a unique dimension to the story. With no supernatural sideline and minimal romance, The Night She Disappeared is more in the vein of traditional mysteries as Gabie and Drew move through their investigation. Every piece works well here to create a tense narrative that builds to a surprising, action-packed conclusion. Possible Pairings: Find Me by Romily Bernand, I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga, Acceleration by Graham McNamee, Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield, Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott, Missing Abby by Lee Weatherly, Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten, Cathy's Book: If Found Call 650-266-8233 by Jordan Weisman and Sean Stewart
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
luna7001 More than 1 year ago
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.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
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.
IleahWalter More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazin i loved how it kep you on the edge of your seat