Thursday, February 16, 2012

Review: The Night She Disappeared by April Henry

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  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Source: eARC from Netgally (Macmillan)
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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 is.

My Thoughts

Going into this book I thought there would be a lot of mystery, and suspense. It did have suspense, but as far as the mystery goes, it was lacking. This book is done in multiple PoV's so you are getting a wide range of the story, and what is going on. I am the type of person who enjoys books with different PoV's normally, but I think this one made things a little repetitive. I understand that the author was trying to give us more depth into the relationships and events happening, but there was a lot of overlapping that I didn't find necessary. Also we get a glimpse into police reports, 9-1-1 calls, and other things which is kind of neat. It was a good story and I liked the characters for the most part, I just didn't really feel a connection with them, which could be due to the multiple PoV's. I don't think we get enough time with them to really have that connection.

Gabie and Drew are really the main characters. Gabie is the one who was supposed to be taken, and Drew was the one working with Kayla the night she was kidnapped, so we get a lot more of them than anyone else in the story. I like Gabie. She doesn't really have any stand out qualities, if anything she is a little too trusting, and somewhat shy. She works at the pizza place more so she doesn't have to be at home. She doesn't really need the job, both of her parents are surgeons. They are gone a lot though, so the house is empty and lonely. Drew is really likable too. He is really the opposite of Gabie when it comes to his family life. His mother isn't around much either, but that's because she has some issues. Drew needs to work because his mom can't support them very well.  

There is a bit of a romance in this story, but it felt really forced. I was so irritated with the characters that it was hard for me to really want them together. I kept thinking to myself. "OMG why are they being so stupid?" Since we get to read a lot of things through both Gabie and Drew's PoV's it helps us to understand why they both think the thing they do, but in real life, I totally would have thrown things at them or something. It's so back and forth with them and then there's the whole trying to find Kayla thing. Of course everyone thinks she's dead except for Gabie which puts a lot more stress on her. 

Overall I enjoyed this book. It kept me interested enough that wanted to keep reading until I was done, but I wasn't completely taken in by it the way I like to be when I am reading. It was just me reading a book and enjoying it, not me feeling like I am part of it or connecting to it. It isn't very long so it is a fast read. There was a good amount of suspense and some decent action scenes. I wish there had been a little more mystery to it, but it was still a great book. 3 out of 5 stars


  1. Hmm I was hoping for great mystery too. I'm reading this one a a week or so so I'm glad to know what to expect - this is the first review I read on it. I usually really like multiple POVs but if the author makes it repetitive it's probably not the best. And a meh romance. I'll go into this with an open mind then haha.

    1. I think there was just too much going on so you pretty much knew what was happening all the time. It had the potential to be really good, but it was a let down for me. I still liked it though.

  2. I haven't read any reviews of this yet. I was hoping it would be thrilling and exciting. I typically love a (well-done) multiple POV. Sad that this was redundant. Wish you would have enjoyed it more.
    Great review!

    1. I think I had high expectations going into it, so it was a little bit of a let down for me. I have read so many incredible books this year so far, so it's hard for a lot of books to live up to that lol!

  3. I've actually never heard of this one before but the cover looks cool.However after reading your review I think I'm gonna pass on this one I mean forced thank you! Also the fact that it was lacking mystery and action is a serious bummer. Yeah maybe this one is more of a library read. Thanks for the honest review :)


    Int. Giveaway!

    1. It was really frustrating. I really wanted to like it. And you knew the characters liked each other, they are just so lame about it. What I really wanted was to discover things with the characters, but it wasn't like that. You know who the kidnapper is pretty early on, but the main characters don't.

  4. aww I'm sad you didn't like this one more. I've been absolutely DYING to read it! I love mysteries so I will give it a try when I can get a copy. Great review. And I totally don't like it either when books have multiple POV's. It gets sooo confusing!!!

    1. I like dual POV's and I don't mind multi POV's but this one was just not really done that well. It seemed like some stuff didn't need to be there, especially with not much of a mystery too it.


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