Thursday, May 31, 2012

review: the night she disappeared by april henry

In alternating narration with other elements like newspaper articles and 911 transcripts mixed in, The Night She Disappeared is a tersely written mystery for younger readers (but still entertaining for adults as well).  Gabie, Kayla, and Drew are high school students who work at a pizza place.  Kayla asks Gabie to swap shifts with her one day; Gabie agrees and then Kayla disappears while making a delivery.  Gabie and Drew are sure Gabie was the actual target, but when the authorities don’t pay much attention, the pair decides to track the kidnapper themselves.  The pacing is quick to keep the reader on edge as Gabie and Drew hope to find Kayla alive.
Review copy provided by the publisher, Henry Holt and Company.

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