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The Night She Disappeared

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  2,334 ratings  ·  457 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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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...more
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...more
Mar 08, 2012 ♥Rachel♥ rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
The Night She Disappeared is an exciting, fast-paced mystery with a touch of romance.

Gabie works as a delivery girl at Pete's Pizza. One night, Kayla -another delivery girl- goes missing. To her horror Gabie soon realises that it was actually her that was meant to be kidnapped. Teaming up with Drew she makes it her mission to find Kayla.

I loved the various items related to Kayla's kidnapping that were scattered throughout the book such as the fortune cookie messages, police reports, records of e...more
Mar 13, 2012 Arlene rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Arlene by: ARC Tour - <a href="">Back in the Midnight Garden</a>
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...more
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...more
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...more
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!
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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...more
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...more
Mimi Valentine
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...more
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...more
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...more
Jennifer Rinehart
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...more
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Book Blog)
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
Princess Bookie
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...more
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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
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
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...more
Ruben Botello
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...more
Ally Frost
I loved this book! The night she disappeared is a great mystery book filled with suspense and heroic acts. It is also a little bit of a love story:). It is about a girl who is kidnapped while delivering pizzas to a man who uses a cover name. While searching for clues they find out that the man really wanted to take her friend who is trying to find her. Her friends at work end up looking to find her because the police are not getting any clues. They end up finding her and killing the man who took...more
This is the story about a girl named Gabie, I know there are a lot of other major characters in the book but it isn't quite right saying it's about them. I personally feel it's Gabie that it's mostly about, maybe it's because I relate? Maybe it's not. I feel the most emotions when the book is in Gabie's perspective.

Gabie was the one who was suppose to be kidnapped, not Kayla. Although Kayla went through torture because the kidnapper nabbed the wrong girl, I still feel it's Gabie who the whole e...more
I recently read The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die and loved it, so I immediately went on a search for more books from this author.

This book proved that she's not a one-hit wonder! I found myself completely engrossed in this thriller and couldn't put it down. I especially loved the insertion of things like the transcripts of 911 calls or evidence reports. It made the story feel so much more authentic.

I loved the alternating points of view, especially the ones told through the kidnapper's eyes.

Lindsay Cummings
I was super excited about this book. I knew it would be good when I read the synopsis, and when I started reading it...I was totally blown away. THE NIGHT SHE DISAPPEARED is such a quick read, but it's one of the creepiest, most creatively written books I have read in a while!

I loved the alternating viewpoints in the chapters. I LOVED the different, unique things thrown in, like fortune cookie strips, police reports, evidence charts, interrogation transcripts, etc, that were placed throughout th...more
Gabie is a quiet girl who works in the local pizza place and when her colleague Kayla asks her to swap her Friday night shift Gabie agrees. However, whilst Kayla is working the shift that was meant to be Gabie’s, Kayla goes out on a delivery and never returns. Later, her car is found abandoned in an isolated location by the river, pizza’s lying around the car, and blood found on a rock on the river’s edge. As if that isn’t creepy enough, Gabie later discovers that the person who targeted Kayla t...more
Hylary Locsin
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High school senior Gabie Klug lives a fairly quiet life in Portland, Oregon. She studies hard, has a few friends at school and is looking forward to finding out who she is at Stanford next year. Like her surgeon parents, Gabie has everything in order, and never thought that her part-time job at Pete’s Pizza would throw her life into disarray. Gabie usually works Wednesday nights, driving her Mini-...more
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I write mysteries and thrillers. I live in Portland, Oregon with my family.

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