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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  6,624 ratings  ·  936 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, 229 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Henry Holt & Company
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Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, arc
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
Oct 05, 2011 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

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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 08, 2012 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
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2017
“Everything in the world is designed.”

This book follows the disappearance of Kayla Cutler, a seventeen year old girl who was kidnapped while delivering pizza. The kidnapper placed an order at Pete's Pizza, where Kayla worked. But he asked about the girl in the Mini Copper, Gabie. Gabie and Drew, a coworker, are sure that the man didn't want Kayla, but Gabie.

The story was all over the place. It wasn't as mysterious as the synopsis makes it look like. It was told from several POV, but none of
Feb 24, 2012 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 13, 2012 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 15, 2012 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!
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
"And I pray that I'll be ready. Ready to kill him."

This was a fast read, but I wouldn't call it a worthwhile read.

Trigger Warning: Suicide

I'm writing this review right away because I'm already starting to forget names - it was that unmemorable to me. The Night She Disappeared features around three teenagers. You have Kayla - who is kidnapped and held hostage, Drew - the love interest and boy from the wrong side of the tracks and our main protaganist Gabbie - it was supposed to be her that
Phoenix Olivia
Apr 01, 2020 rated it liked it
I just finished this book in one whole day. It was super short. I spent my morning reading it but it was an okay book. I would have liked more though. The main character disappears and no one really knows why or how it happened. She was just a regular girl working at her job, Pete's Pizza. But she wasn't the one meant to be kidnapped. We get lots of point of views from everyone and I love that. I love having that in books. If I were to write a book I think that's one thing I would include. So th ...more
Mar 20, 2012 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
rachel ☾
randomly decided to pick up the book that's been on my tbr the longest. let's see how 2013 rachel's taste match up to 2017 rachel.

update: not so well, it turns out.
Jun 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Kyleigh Guzman
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This book is about a girl named Kayla who was kidnapped but the kidnapper was suppose to get Kayla's friend Gabbie so her and her friend drew kept looking for more clues that Gabbie was still alive and they found more and more evidence about her and her ticket order and they found her car but close to the end was Kayla still alive or did she not make it read to find out.

I gave this book 4 stars because it was a really good book because i really like mystery but i thought it would be a little bit
Colleen Houck
Ooh this villain was creepy. Also I'd be surprised if you didn't crave pizza while reading this one. If you're looking for a fast mystery set in the northwest, pick this one up. ...more
Jennifer Rinehart
Feb 21, 2012 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
Mimi Valentine
Mar 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, arc
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
McCaid Paul
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
The Night She Disappeared popped up one day as I was scrolling through mysteries and I knew I had to give it a go. With its great reviews and mysterious synopsis, I couldn't wait to dive in.
I was a little fooled when I got about halfway and realized that this wasn't a mystery as I thought it would be, but instead a suspenseful thriller. I was a little skeptical about continuing on, but I'm glad I did!
It delivered well on both the suspense and thrill level. I held my breath for the last 50 page
Feb 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: thriller
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Apr 28, 2013 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 04, 2012 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's p
Mrs. Strudthoff
Oct 15, 2014 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
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 :) ...more
Ruby Schabel
Very intense, keeps your mind wondering what happens until the very last page.
Viktoria Van der bilt
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020reads
April Henry being one of the most celebrated authors in YA thrillers is justified. I like to say that by this time I have read several YA thrillers/mysteries/crime to nitpick what’s engaging and what’s just plain confusing, but Henry writes in a heavily-researched way that brings crime investigation more than a television show closer.

I would LOVE to read another title of hers (I have two more loaded in iBooks) but it’s time for another feel good.
Alicia Yang
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is called "The night she disappeared" by April Henry. The book was okay even though though I didn't really like the ending. I didn't really like how one person was talking out of turns and by what I mean by that was the author didn't show a lot of " in the book when someone is talking. So it made me confused when who's talking or not. Back to the book, the book was about a delivery girl who works at a Pizza place. Her name was Kayla. One day a man called the place and he asked Kayla's ...more
Princess Bookie
Jul 11, 2011 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
Oct 31, 2016 added it

The night she disappeared by April Henry, it is mysteries young adult fiction story set in Portland. Mystery book that told a girl got kidnapped when she’s making pizza delivery. The story is told by alternate narrators and highlights Gabie thinks that Kayla is alive while detectives tries to find her body.
Gabie works at Pete’s Pizza along with Kayla and Drew and she wanted to work because she’s lonely so talking to customers makes her feel less lonely. Both of her parent’s work at hospital as
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