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The Night She Disappeared

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,736 Ratings  ·  616 Reviews
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 findi ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Mar 31, 2012 Giselle rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own, contemporary
The Night She Disappeared, with only 240 pages, is a short but intense mystery. Kayla was only going out to deliver a pizza... but she never came back.

As some of you may know, mysteries, thrillers, horrors of all kinds are my favorite genre. I was enticed by this synopsis as soon as I read it, and I found myself absorbed in the story from the start. Told in multiple perspectives, we get to walk into the lives of the people directly affected by Kayla's disappearance, all the while trying to figu
Mar 08, 2012 ♥Rachel♥ rated it really liked it
Recommended to ♥Rachel♥ by: Wendy Darling
This story kept you on the edge of your seat. It was a fast paced, page turner, and I have to say, it scared the living daylights out of me! That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Gabie's a high school senior working part-time at Pete's Pizza. One night she switches shifts with co-worker and fellow student Kayla. On that night Kayla goes out to deliver pizza and never comes back. Her car is found, keys in the ignition, purse on the seat, and door wide open but no sign of Kayla. This is alarmi
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
“A genuine thriller.” Those are the words written on the cover of The Night She Disappeared and they’re words with which I wholeheartedly agree. With its 230 pages, April Henry’s YA crime novel is a quick and exciting read. It is clear from every page that Henry is an experienced author with more than ten novels behind her. Her control over the characters, plot and pacing is absolute.

When a pizza delivery girl named Kayla goes missing, her two co-workers know that she wasn’t the intended target
Expected Publication Date: March 13, 2012

'The Night She Disappeared' was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Macmillan Children's Publishing Group.

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'The Night She Disappeared' was a rousing thriller that I really enjoyed. It had me on the edge of my seat with no idea what the possible outcome might be... the pages were flying. Lovers of this genre: you will be missing out if you pass this one up. I'm a big of mysteries/thrillers and this book mad
Mar 13, 2012 Arlene rated it really liked it
Recommended to Arlene by: ARC Tour - Back in the Midnight Garden
First off a huge thanks to Wendy from Back in the Midnight Garden for letting me read this ARC!

Wow! The Night She Disappeared was both fast and furious. I literally finished this book in less than 24 hours because I was so hooked! I never thought a mystery/crime type YA novel would appeal to me. How wrong was I??? This uniquely narrated story that unfolds through several POVs, 911 dispatch transcripts, newspaper articles, missing person's flyers and even autopsy reports had me at the edge of my
Mar 12, 2012 Nafiza rated it really liked it
So...the rating itself should alert you to the fact that whatever I have to say about this book is good. Moving on from there, let me just say that one of the first things that attracted me about this novel is the scarcity of its genre or rather sub-genre. This is a thriller, a contemporary thriller, and we don't get too many of those in the YA genre. Or at least I haven't read many of them.


The Night She Disappeared is an amazing novel. During many instances in the course of the narrativ
Mar 27, 2012 Crystal rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
ARC tour--The Midnight Garden Thanks Wendy!!

I still have chills from reading this book! I usually tend to shy away from murder thriller type books but The Night She Disappeared came very highly recommended so I thought I would give it a go and I am so glad that I did!

The story is told from multiple points of view and sometimes that doesn’t work for me, but in this context it was brilliant. You not only get to see what the victim is thinking but you get to experience every side of the story and i
Mar 16, 2012 Ashelynn rated it it was ok
The full review (with links) is over here.

1 1/2 Stars

So, I didn’t like The Night She Disappeared. Which is such a shame because I was REALLY excited about it and I know some bloggers raved about it. To which I want to say: did we read the same book?

I am so sad about this. This book was, lightly put, annoying. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be a thriller, because there was literally zero thrilling points, and a mystery, which fizzled down from page one until the very end.

There are SEVEN (7!) p
Mar 30, 2012 ~Tina~ rated it liked it
I almost gave up on this book, but yay, I did it!
The Night She Disappeared is a thriller that is made to thrill! This is definitely not a Tina book, but once in awhile I like a good old fashion scare that doesn't involve things that go bump in the night. But dame, did this book ever feel real. All the 911 calls and the missing picture and other illustrations made this ten times more creepy.
This is chill-worthy stuff my friends! Fans who want to be freaked out will love this!
May 08, 2013 Laura rated it it was ok
My original review was going to be a Scooby Doo gif at the moment when the culprit is arrested and attempts to shake his handcuffed fist at the gang while saying, "I would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for you meddling kids!" But I couldn't find one. So this will have to do:


But, to include a Scooby Doo gif (and because I am immature), here is what the main characters look like in my mind while they're more concerned with each other rather than the kidnapped victim:


The "climact
Jun 04, 2012 Courtney rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012-books
I brought this book home from the library and thought it looked kind of interesting, so I started to read it. It didn't take me very long to finish (it's only 229 pages) but I have to say I didn't enjoy it as much as everyone else. These are just my personal opinions and thoughts, so I'm sorry if you don't agree! It just wasn't one of my favorites.

The Night She Disappeared revolves around a small-town pizza place, and three teens who work there: Gabie, Drew, and Kayla. One night, Kayla goes out
Mimi Valentine
Mar 27, 2012 Mimi Valentine rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, reviewed
If you're looking for a fast-paced mystery that's likely to strap you in for the full ride, then this is definitely the book for you! One second I was just starting the book and the next I was almost halfway done, wondering where time had gone and why I was so tense!

The Nigh She Disappeared starts off after a girl named Kayla is kidnapped one night on a pizza delivery run... when Gabie was the one who is supposed to be taken. No one knows whether or not Kayla is actually alive, who the kidnappe
Jennifer Rinehart
Mar 15, 2012 Jennifer Rinehart rated it it was amazing
One of my closest friends loves true crime fiction, especially books about serial killers. Over the years she's pressed me to read books about Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy and the nightmare inducing, Jeffrey Dahmer, my response has always been the same, 'hell no!'

I like happy endings, sexy vampires, angsty werewolves, cozy mysteries and the occasional zombie infestation. But stories about something real, monsters who look like people but walk among us, picking out their next feast from among their
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
On the night Kayla Cutler disappears while out on a pizza delivery, she wasn't supposed to be working. Gabie and Kayla had switched shifts because Kayla wanted Friday off. Someone else didn't know about this arrangement and he was expecting the girl in the Mini Cooper, aka Gabie. When Kayla shows up he decides to stick to the plan and grab his opportunity. Now Kayla is missing and Drew and Gabie feel horribly guilty. Drew because he's the one who took the fake pizza order and sent Kayla to her k ...more
May 01, 2013 Alexandra rated it did not like it
There are so many things I didn't like about this book. First of all, this should have been in the middle grade section of the library and not YA.
It was so juvenile and ridiculous. The storyline itself was interesting. Local girl goes missing after going out on a pizza delivery. Pretty attention grabbing. And the story started out really good. But there was no reveal really. There was no "the butler did it." Or someone that you could guess from the story. So to me, that was kind of pointless bec
Feb 13, 2012 Jana rated it really liked it
4 double stuffed Oreos.

Cover Love: Yes. It sets up the mystery perfectly.

Why I Wanted to Read This: For some reason I am into mysteries right now so this one was perfect for my mood.

I Kept Reading Because: It was a great mystery with interesting characters.

Romance?: Yes, but it was not a focal point of the story.

What I Liked (& Didn't):

I liked the format of this book. Each chapter was from a different point of view. This author totally makes it work. There are some chapters from a character
Mrs. Strudthoff
Oct 15, 2014 Mrs. Strudthoff rated it it was amazing
For those of you who like realistic suspense, this one's for you!

Gabie is a quiet girl who works in a pizza shop. She drives a mini Cooper to deliver pizzas but she has no idea that someone sinister is watching her. One night, Kayla, another girl who works with Gabie, uses Gabie's car to make a delivery and never returns. The police find Gabie's car down by the river, and it appears that Kayla might have known her kidnapper because the car doesn't look like it has been broken into.

Immediately, G
Rochelle Angelica
Jul 13, 2015 Rochelle Angelica rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I can't believe I finished this in one day! From the moment I started, I just couldn't stop reading. I needed to know what's going to happen next. But towards the end, I felt like the story needed a little more action. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it and I'll definitely read more of April Henry's books :)
Kayla goes out one night to deliver a pizza, but she never comes back. Gabie, one of her colleagues, was supposed to be working instead of her; and, according to Drew, who took the order, whoever took Kayla asked about Gabie first. While everybody believes Kayla must be dead, Gabie and Drew don't give up hope and team up to find Kayla - before her kidnapper kills her, or before he strikes again.

I rather enjoyed The Night She Disappeared, even if I did not completely love it. Over all, it is a sh
Ruben Botello
Oct 01, 2014 Ruben Botello rated it really liked it
If you like mysteries you have to read this book. This book is a mystery edge of your seat book. This is so far my favorite book I have read.

The setting took place at Pete's Pizza at present day,where Kayla a worker had switch days with Gabie the delivery it's important because if she haden't switched days she wouldn't have gon missing. But then when Kayla went for her last delivery she never came back. So it has been days since her last appearance then after kayla's funeral. Gabie notice the
I really liked it. The mystery and suspense keep me on the edge of my seat and I didn't want to put it down, so it was fast paced and I read it in about a day.

It's told from various POVs and has lots of little extras like transcripts from 911 calls and evidence logs, which I really liked that added touch to the story.

As far as characters go, Gabie was kind of a strange girl. Really shy and reserved, but I think her knowing that she was this psycho's original target made her act out in ways tha
Princess Bookie
Dec 01, 2011 Princess Bookie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2011
My Thoughts: So, I read Henry's other book Girl Stolen a few months back and it was a good book. I don't like calling these books good because even though they are good to read, they are also scary horrible events to read about. I do not want to think about these things happening in real life but they do.

In The Night She Disappeared, we are introduced to the people who work at Pete's Pizza. There is Gabie, Kayla, and Drew. They are the focus of this story. Yes, a lot more people work there but
Feb 04, 2012 Katie rated it did not like it
Shelves: thriller
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Jun 30, 2012 PJ rated it really liked it
I always hear about people reading a book in one sitting and wonder if that's true. But I just did with April Henry's "The Night She Disappeared." Right from the first page, I was sucked in to the story about a girl who goes missing while delivering a pizza. It's told from shifting points of view, and that combined with official documents gives this a CSI feel and fast pace. Gayle, the girl who was supposed to deliver the pizza, struggles with guilt and along with Drew, another employee, they bo ...more
Sep 09, 2015 Trisha rated it liked it
"sometimes it feels like there's a criminal in my head."

A quick little disturbing read about a girl being abducted from a pizza delivery. It's the investigation, the reaction of co-workers, public, suspects and family.

I loved the additions of police reports, crime scene evidence tags and missing person flyers that were added piece by piece into the story. It added a real feel to the story that kept it eerie and frightening.

I also really loved that it was set in Oregon, mentioning locations in P
Ugh, this one kept me up past my bed-time. The fast fast chapters, the switching around point of view, the interspersed 9-1-1 calls and newspaper articles were a recipe for page-turning WHAT HAPPENS NEXT-ness. I felt like in a lot of ways this is a fairly surface level thriller -- nothing too deep happens (a little romance, an icky kidnapper, a fast-paced whodunnit how will we fix this plot), but it does its job well. For teens who just want a fast-paced thriller with fairly minimal character de ...more
Dec 21, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it
This book ranks up in the category of Ted Dekker only for teens. Or, more aptly put, about teens. It is well paced and terrifying. Henry proves to be an excellent writer in the genre of thriller/YA. The characters are developed enough that the reader knows them but not over developed so the reader tires of reading about them.

Within the story, the book includes information about forensics, police investigations, politics, and a good mystery. I would not hand it to a younger teen simply because i
Grace Wiley
Nov 30, 2014 Grace Wiley rated it it was amazing
When I started this book, I had high expectations for it. It took forever for me to get it from the library, and it was one of those books that I heard would be read in one sitting. Needless to say, I finished it in one day. I couldn’t put it down. Every time I took a break, I felt like I had paused a really good movie that I had to get back to. I enjoy watching crime shows, but those are all told from the officials’ perspectives. This book was told from multiple views, Gabbie, Drew, Kayla, and ...more
Jan 22, 2016 Austin rated it it was amazing
The Night she Disappeared

Imagine working with a friend at a pizza place and when they leave they never return. How would you react? What would you think?That is exactly what happens in “The Night she Disappeared” by April Henry. I read this book because I’ve liked books written by April Henry in the past. I also came across this book while looking for something to read and thought it looked interesting.
This book is about a girl named Kayla who works at a pizza shop with her friend Gabie from sc
Morgan Pessina
Dec 04, 2014 Morgan Pessina rated it liked it
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I write mysteries and thrillers. I live in Portland, Oregon with my family.

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