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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 findi 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.

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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 findi 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.

30 review for The Night She Disappeared

  1. 5 out of 5

    Giselle

    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 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 figure out what exactly happened to her. We even get glimpses of the kidnapper's point-of-view, which is especially disturbing. Mostly, though, we get to see what Kayla's friends and co-workers are going through; guilt, blame, and terror all make an appearance. There's also bonds that form between the characters which I found realistic to dire situations such as this. The psychological consequences are clearly not overlooked as April did a great job going into the minds of these teenagers, having it all feel real, while keeping an overall sinister vibe. My favorite part of reading this novel was the way it was actually told. Its format includes paper clippings, evidence pieces, interviews, and other memorabilia. For lovers of detective work, this is a sure way to keep you glued into not only the characters lives, but the investigation as well. Along with its short chapters, it's a novel that is especially easy to read in one sitting. Not only do we see Kayla's kidnapping as a real-life possibility, this book makes us aware of how grave, how incredibly serious this all is. We see faces on billboards, on TV, on milk cartons, but do we even notice anymore? Do we take the time to see if we recognize anyone? These millions of people who are missing, who have friends and families going through exactly the same thing these people are going through with Kayla, get lost in the statistics to never be seen again. Despite its size, this book sends out a big message. Take the time, SEE them! A contemporary thriller that packs a punch, The Night She Disappeared is a novel that I think many readers will enjoy for its unique structure and spine chilling mystery. For such a short read - what have you got to lose? -- For more of my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads

  2. 5 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    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 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 alarming enough but Gabie finds out that the customer who ordered the pizzas asked if the girl who drives the Mini Cooper (Gabie) was making deliveries that night. Gabie is beside herself feeling guilty and terrified because he wanted her. It should've been her. She's afraid for Kayla but she's afraid for herself as well. What if he comes back for her? Fueled by fear and guilt, Gabie makes it her mission to find Kayla, and she enlists Drew to help her. Drew also works at Pete's Pizza with Gabie and Kayla. He was the one who took the phone order that Kayla went to deliver the pizzas and never came back. He feels guilty. Drew would've made the delivery if he had a car and maybe Kayla would've never disappeared. Drew feels it's his obligation to tell Gabie about the guy who asked about her. In his mind, it was Gabie the man was after. So when Gabie asks him to help figure out Kayla's disappearance he can't say no. Like I said before, this story chilled me to the bone because it's something that could very easily happen. It probably has happened. The thought of some random person stalking and then taking you or someone you love is beyond frightening. This book is not very long, only 229 pages. You're sort of thrown into the story and take off running. In spite of that, I felt like I connected right away with both Gabie and Drew as characters. Even though Gabie seems a little self-reliant and closed off at first it was nice to see the change in her when it came to working with Drew. They feel a connection because of this shared horrific situation. While romance did not play a big part in this story, I thought their relationship was sweet, and appropriate for this story. I also like the different POVs the story is told in. You get several, not just Drew and Gabie. What's also kind of cool about this story, is you are shown evidence receipts, 911 phone call transcripts, interviews by police, etc,. So you feel you're part of the investigation. If you love mystery and suspense with a little bit of romance thrown in, this is a book for you! This is a chilling story, but I didn't feel it was inappropriately scary for the YA audience. It really gives you something to think about, just going about your day and what could happen. Thank you so much, Wendy Darling for lending me your copy! It was such a pleasure and privilege to read this early. To learn more about Wendy's ARC tour you can visit her blog http://backinthemidnightgarden.blogsp...

  3. 4 out of 5

    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 “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, but no one else thinks it’s important that the kidnapper asked for Gabie specifically, and that Gabie was supposed to be working that night. While everyone else is out looking for Kayla, Drew and Gabie struggle with guilt and fear. Gabie especially can’t forgive herself for being home safe while Kayla was being kidnapped in her place. The Night She Disappeared is told from multiple perspectives, and while it’s not my favorite narrative mode, each narrator contributed to the story. The kidnapper’s perspective would normally bother me, but Henry skillfully offered his POV without giving us insight into his motives, which made him all the more interesting and kept me on edge. I am still unclear as to why he wanted those girls, but that too suited me just fine in this case. Psychopaths like him rarely make sense. Gabie herself wasn’t much of a heroine, but Henry used her well to show how ordinary, weak-willed people can sometimes gather the courage to do something extraordinary. The guilt and responsibility they both feel bring Drew and Gabie closer together. Their budding relationship is a bit awkward because of the differences in their social status. Gabie is a daughter of two respected surgeons, a quiet and hardworking girl, already accepted to Stanford. Drew is a troublemaker and a small-time drug dealer with a tweaker mom. Ideally, things like money, clothes and cars wouldn’t matter at all, but since it mattered to the both of them, it was a constant source of misunderstanding. What made this book stand out even more were the newspaper clippings, police interrogation transcripts, coroner’s reports, evidence forms etc. that were inserted between the chapters. They gave the story a more realistic feel and I found myself racing through each chapter just to discover what’s next. April Henry has a new project coming up on June 11th called The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die. I think I might just pre-order it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    Expected Publication Date: March 13, 2012 'The Night She Disappeared' was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. Interested in more of my reviews? Visit my blog! '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 Expected Publication Date: March 13, 2012 'The Night She Disappeared' was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. Interested in more of my reviews? Visit my blog! '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 made me realize I haven't read a really enjoyable one in a long time. When Drew sends Kayla out to deliver a pizza order, he has no idea that it may have just been the last time he'll ever see her again. Her car is later found abandoned and Kayla is nowhere to be found. Gabie blames herself for what happened to Kayla; after all, 'John Robertson' asked about her specifically when he called in his pizza order. She blames herself for what happened all the while scared that he'll still come for her eventually. Feeling as if Kayla is still alive, Gabie confides in Drew and they form a friendship that didn't exist between them prior to the kidnapping. The way 'The Night She Disappeared' was written was incredibly interesting. I really enjoyed how the story was told from a vast array of different perspectives such as Drew, Kayla, Gabie, 911 transcripts, police interview transcripts, and even 'pictures' of bits of evidence obtained. The author did such a great job at relaying information to the reader that she really built a complete picture which made the story truly realistic. Typically, I find stories written from multiple POVs to be convoluted and a big hot mess but this ended up being the complete opposite. There was also an interesting 'psychic-connection' between Gabie and Kayla that was added to the mix. Gabie kept having particularly strong feelings that Kayla was indeed alive, despite evidence to the contrary. The author didn't go overboard with this idea, so it ended up being a nice subtle touch. Overall, I was quite surprised at how strong a story it was. It may have been slightly predictable; however, it was so enjoyable throughout the whole story that I hardly noticed. I’m definitely interested in checking out more from this author!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Arlene

    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 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 seat the entire time! The story unfolds one night when Drew takes a pizza order over the phone from a man who casually asks who is on delivery detail. He completes the order and hands it over to his co-worker, Kayla, who sets off for the delivery and never returns. Unfortunately for Kayla, she wasn't the main target but just happened to ask for a shift switch with Gabie for the wrong night that changes both of their lives forever. This book was gripping and intense from beginning to end. I can actually envision the scenes as they unfolded almost like a movie that cut from scene to scene with an eerie precision. I have to say I was pretty freaked out to the point where I wanted to put the book in the freezer and would have if it weren't a traveling ARC. So scary yet surreal. ~shivers~ The author, April Henry, caught my attention hard and I'll be sure to check out her other books. Well done!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Iris

    “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 th “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 them told important information. All characters sounded the same. Gabie seems a very strange girl, she a "poor rich white gil.rl with no friends". I didn't understand half her motivations. (view spoiler)[Why she dived into the river, her crush on Drew one second, avoiding him the next (hide spoiler)] . Drew was the typical dude whose mom was a drug addict. There were some thing that the book didn't answer (view spoiler)[Why was the Sargent so mat at Drew and Gabie? Why was he so sure that Kayla was dead? Why was he such an as*hole? Also, the kidnapper... who was he? Some random guy that liked killing teenagers? (hide spoiler)] Long story short: This book was all over the place, quite disappointed.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nafiza

    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. Anyway. The Night She Disappeared is an amazing novel. During many instances in the course of the narrativ 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. Anyway. The Night She Disappeared is an amazing novel. During many instances in the course of the narrative, your heart moves from your chest and decides to reside in your throat so it can jump out at any tense moment and flee for its life. The book is told in three different perspectives and usually, this doesn't work for me. I find stories told in alternating perspectives jarring but somehow, Henry makes it work and makes it work really well. I'm taking this Lit class at the moment and the theme for this particular class is actual real-life murders/murderers as portrayed in literature. As such I have been reading lots of, hmm how do I word this, fictionalized versions of actual crimes. For example Grace Marks by Margaret Atwood etc. The Night She Disappeared reminded me of The Death of Donna Whalen by Michael Winter because it sort of had the same style, a documentary style of story telling though Henry's novel is more entertainment oriented than Winter's is. But that's the only similarity there is. There's no displacement between the characters and the reader, as in Winter's novel, and I am very thankful for that. I liked that you get to see from the eyes and feel the emotions of all three main characters. The same incident viewed twice, sometimes thrice, gives the event more depth and complicates things in a way that makes the reading experience more enjoyable. The writing style is succinct without tension and momentum being lost by unnecessary detailing. Henry places you in the middle of a place and expects you to provide the scenery and I really liked that. I also liked how she includes perspectives of people involved in the search and gives a glimpse of how stereotypes and biased investigation can lead to disaster (again, this echoes Donna Whalen almost eerily). I also really appreciated that she doesn't demonize or um...angelize? (it's a new word I just made up) any of the characters, even ones who would typically be painted by the media as more a mythical demon than a normal person with a tremendous capacity for evil. This, in turn, served to make the villain more frightening than if he had been given horns and all. The plotting was well done as was the pace. I particularly liked how she slowed and then sped up the narrative in parts as warrants the action in the novel. But what got me most about this novel was how Henry situates this narrative in the context of all those missing children who will never be found, all those families who will never get any disclosure, and all those those bastards out there who will continue to do the shit they do. Unhindered. The faces on the milk cartons, the flyers on the supermarket boards, all the innocence lost to some evil - this book felt like an ode to them. I felt like the book was telling me to look closer at the faces, to be more aware of things and people and any book that makes me think beyond the story has achieved what a book should. Therefore, I must insist that you read this book. Really.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    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 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 it really helps pull you in. I won’t lie one of the POV’s is very disturbing and I almost skipped those parts but I read them and it gave the story a whole new level of creep factor. The plot was very well researched and there were times that I thought this story was real. There are a few pages inside the story that have so much detail like the missing person report, 911 calls, and the police reports that I promise you I wanted to run screaming from this book because it frightened me. My heart was in a panic for the characters in this book. Gabie and Drew had a great connection and I was so glad that she had him there to help her deal with everything. I was afraid that if he walked out she would have gone over the edge. Kayla showed great strength and I was really rooting for her all the way. I can’t even imagine having to go through what she did. I again have chills! This story will stay with me for a very long time and I will definitely appreciate my pizza delivery drivers more from now on. If you think about it going up to somebody’s house at 8 or 9 o’clock is really dangerous and you never know who will answer the door. *shudders*

  9. 4 out of 5

    ~Tina~

    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!

  10. 5 out of 5

    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 w "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 was kidnapped and not Kayla. What we mostly have is a hot mess. I didn't go into this book expecting much, I was hoping for a quick read and a few hours of entertainment. The book was quick and I suppose it was entertaining enough to keep me going but I was mostly hoping that the plots would be resolved by the end. WRONG. I wasn't a huge fan of Gabbie, she wasn't awful but I feel like the author kept changing her personality all over the place. We never really knew why she was acting the way she was, except for that she was scared that it was supposed to have been her, not Kayla that was taken. It wasn't a good enough explanation for some of the odd behaviour. For example, when she finds out about Kayla, she drags Drew to where it all happened and proceeds to act it all out - almost killing them both in the process. Why? Who knows. She wanted to feel what Kayla felt I guess but there was not real reason for it - other than she was batshit crazy. One of the big plot points was that Gabbie had some type of connection to Kayla and kept having visions and was convinced Kayla was still alive. Do we know why she had this connection or visions? Nope. We actually are introduced to a pyschic in the story but it's still not addressed as to why Gabbie is the one who really knows what is going on. It was frustrating and eye-rolling. She didn't seem to have psychic abilities towards anything else - just Kayla's situation. How convenient for her. We also get a pointless suicide of a young man to push the plot forward. It was badly done and added nothing to the story. The ending was meh, nothing too exciting. There were just too many plot holes, poorly developed characters and it was fairly repetitive for a book that is only 230 pages long. I can't recommened this one, there are way too many better thrillers out there.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    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 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 "climactic" scene (view spoiler)[which contains absurd shenanigans with guns, including mistaking a bb gun for a real gun, (hide spoiler)] did this book in. And made me laugh a lot. The end.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    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 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 to deliver a pizza and never comes back. The rest of the book is technically about the search to find her--but to me, it didn't ever really feel like anything happened. So, my first problem with this book was that I was really annoyed by the main characters. Drew was easily forgettable, and kind of a bland character with no distinct personality. Sure, he had all of these issues (kind of a druggie, rough home life, etc.), but there was nothing about him that made me connect with his character or get a good idea of who he was. I don't know, I just...he wasn't all that likable, and he didn't stand out. He's just kind of there throughout the whole book, but he's not really helpful, considering he can't remember anything about the night Kayla disappeared. Until the end of the book, where he suddenly redeems himself and becomes a hero, but more on that later. The same goes for Gabie. I was really frustrated with her throughout the whole book. It just felt like she was moping and complaining about her life and how it should have been her who was kidnapped. Which I understand her guilt and stuff--but I'm bothered by characters who are consumed by their guilt and nothing else. I KNOW she feels bad about what happened and I KNOW she thinks it should have been her--BUT I DON'T NEED TO BE REMINDED OF IT EVERY OTHER PAGE. I mean, seriously! She wasn't a very likable character, what with making out with Drew one minute, crying and feeling bad about her life the next (she frequently complained about her lifestyle--even though her parents seemed perfectly nice and she had a very comfortable life), and then having these weird visions about seeing Kayla. Which I didn't really understand. I didn't know if she was ACTUALLY having visions and the book was going to take a sort of paranormal turn of events, or if it was just a feeling. Turns out, it was just a feeling. But mostly I was bothered by how frequently she obsessed over how it should have been her--and it almost sounded like she wished it had been her! I don't know, it was just weird. And the relationship between Drew and Gabie...meh. What was that relationship built off of? They like never spoke to each other before and then suddenly Gabie was all over him. I guess they were brought together because of the circumstances, but I didn't get the feeling that they were ever really in love or actually cared about each other that much. Their relationship was basically just a bunch of confusion, such as when Gabie randomly got drunk and made out with him and then the other time where she went crazy and almost (unintentionally) drowned him. I don't know, basically, like the characters themselves, it didn't stand out. I couldn't connect with either of them. At all. The one character I did kind of like was Kayla. I mean, everyone else was just kind of caught up in their guilt, and she was all awesome, planning her escape and trying to find a clever way to try to overcome her kidnapper. Girl power! I just thought it was dumb when Gabie was like, "Where was Kayla now? In the river? Was she scared? Did she try to run? Is she still alive? Did she put up a fight? It should have been me! If it had been me, would I have just let myself get kidnapped? Would I have run? Would I have fought?" MEH! And here Kayla is, the one who is ACTUALLY kidnapped and the one who the story is ACTUALLY about, but she doesn't get as much narrative as Drew or Gabie. And she was actually interesting to read about! Another thing I didn't like was how the narration switched fifty billion times (over exaggeration, but whatever). I was sometimes confused by that. And it kind of ruined the mystery of the novel. The kidnapper was reveled at the very beginning! I was intrigued because it was "a familiar voice" and apparently "someone Kayla knew" and thought that would be interesting to spin the mystery off of. But since we found out from the very beginning how it was, the book never had enough mystery in it! Now it was just a book about agonizing over whether the police will stop being dumb and actually catch the killer in time. That was very disappointing. However, I did think it was kind of cool how the author used snippets of police interviews or 911 calls to hint at what was going on beyond the characters' viewpoints. But anyways. Overall, I just wasn't very impressed by that book. It wasn't very exciting because no one ever seemed to be doing anything all that exciting...Gabie and Drew just did their own thing, worried about Kayla, made pizzas, and worried some more, and the police were just kind of dumb. Which, speaking of that, I get really annoyed when the police are made out to be the bad guys. Like Office Thayer was useless and was a jerk towards the end, and I was like, "Really? I mean, really." Maybe I was so unamused because I had just watched Gone (side note here) and in THAT movie (also about a girl who is kidnapped) the police are kind of seen as "unhelpful" and "bad". And then, in both this movie and this book, the characters just go after the killer themselves! I understand that this is supposed to make everything more exciting, but it's so overdone and is so predictable! Of course I knew Drew and Gabie would go after him, and OF COURSE the police wouldn't have believed them...it seems like a last-ditch attempt to try to SUDDENLY MAKE EVERYTHING REALLY SUSPENSEFUL AND RAISE THE STAKES! To me, the story should have been BUILDING UP to that moment. That would have been better. Not just a spur-of-the-moment thing that the author is using to try to reach the climax. And especially with this book, there was no rising action at all. Everyone just kind of wondered about her disappearance and followed false leads and there was never any information provided about the kidnapper. He was just kind of in the background the whole time, kind of vague, and then at the end everyone was going crazy and trying to kill each other. *sigh* Maybe that doesn't make sense to anyone but me...oh well. I'll stop because I'm kind of ranting. Summary: I wasn't impressed by the characters or the writing style, and the plot wasn't all that original. I'm glad I borrowed this book from the library.

  13. 4 out of 5

    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 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 kidnapper is, or if he's going to come back for the girl in the Mini Cooper. You'll be on the edge of your seat wondering what's going to happen! One of my favourite things about this book is the creative way that it's told. There are several different perspectives — from Gabie to Drew to even the nameless killer himself! — as well as autopsy reports, 911 transcripts, newspaper articles, and etcetera between chapters. Those, added to the speedily progressing storyline, make it so easy to get hooked on the mystery! The tension keeps building every chapter until the explosive end. Yet maybe it's because this book is so short but I never felt connected to the characters. Gabie had a right to be freaked out in her situation, but some of the things she did still made me wince. And her relationship with Drew didn't have any spark or chemistry; it was just there. Drew himself was fun to read about because he was never that perfect YA male character, which I found really refreshing. As a high school girl, I think the realism was spot on! ;) Fast-paced and gripping, The Night She Disappeared is a short yet intense mystery that will give you the chills! It may not be the perfect book, but I'd still recommend that you give it a shot anyways because it's full of twists and entertaining to read! :) BUY or BORROW?: I think this was more of a borrow read for me, BUT my friend, who is an even bigger mystery junkie than I am, absolutely adored this one, so it really depends on you! (Original review at Mimi Valentine's YA Review Blog)

  14. 4 out of 5

    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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kyleigh Guzman

    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 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 more of mystery but the end was really good and i want to read more of the April Henry collections because i like mystery's and horror books The book was very interesting because i would never think that a kidnapper would get the wrong girl and do bad things to her and lock her up when it should have been someone else.

  16. 4 out of 5

    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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    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 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 neighbors and coworkers, shudder, those stories are not for me. But there was something about the setup for this story that made me think I might just want to read this book. It has teens who work in a fast food setting (I worked at a restaurant whose claim to fame was flame broiled burgers, so already I've got a built in sense of kinship with the characters), the teens aren't all the best of friends and one of them goes missing after making a delivery (a close friend of mine used to deliver sandwiches and he used to tell me some pretty strange tales of the people he met on his nightly travels, sometimes I'd worry that even though he's six plus feet of urban cowboy, what if one of his customers had a gun or a boomerang, okay, maybe not a boomerang, that'd be strange and ridiculous, still it seemed dangerous). Plus, I figured if the book got too intense, I could just slam it shut and shove it into my NEVER TO BE READ SHELF (this shelf is more of a corner, with a stack of out of date encyclopedias, a book about sugar free desserts, David Hasselhoff's memoir, you know books that have somehow wandered into your home, never to be opened). Well, after I started, I found it very hard to stop reading. If you read the synopsis you already know what's going on in the beginning of the book. So let me tell you a little about what happens next. The story is told from multiple perspectives, I knew this going in, but didn't realize it would also be told from the point of view of Kayla (the kidnapped girl) and The Man (the dude who kidnaps her). Just a note on The Man, hearing his thoughts is like taking a giant breath, in through your nose, in a boys locker room on a hot day, shocking and nausea inducing, definitely not for the faint of heart. The same for Kayla, in fact, part way through the book, I almost set it aside because it was too personal, too upsetting and altogether too realistic, but since it is early in the day, I figured I could finish the book with plenty of buffer time before bed to read and watch happier things (Spongebob, here I come!). But with the ending the way it was, I actually didn't need my happy place buffer. I feel okay, satisfied even. Anyways, about the characters, a small warning, Gabie irritated me and sometimes I thought that a a month or six of talk therapy with a licensed psychologist would have done her a world of good. The girl swings from quiet, shy reserve to uninhibited, naked swims in frigid rivers craziness and frankly, her wild mood swings were more alarming than endearing to me. This current drama with the kidnapping sent her for a loop (a fruit loop, my grandma would say, don't know why she said that and it doesn't make a lot of sense now). But, Drew, he's my favorite. His mom's an addict and his homelife isn't much to dream about, his job at Pete's pizza isn't for spending money, it's to buy food, utilities and rent. Unlike Gabie, whose parents are both trauma surgeons, he doesn't have a car and a nice house, so when she offers him the use of her car to make deliveries, thus enabling him to keep his hours, he's happy but surprised. He and Gabie are not close, she's a serious Honor Roll student and he's a pot dealing, C average student, in other words, a loser. The interactions between Drew and Gabie are intense. These are two people drawn together by tragic circumstances and a shared belief, that Gabie was the kidnapper's intended target and that Kayla is not dead. The police in the book seem to mostly follow up dead and unlikely leads, the story follows the investigations, including the interrogation of someone whose been implicated in Kayla's disappearance based on an anonymous tip. The contrast between the investigation, Drew and Gabie's research and Kayla and the Man's horrible interactions really gave a sense of urgency to the story. I can't really say anymore about the book without giving away too much. I'll just end with, read this book, you'll be hooked from page one.

  18. 4 out of 5

    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 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 kidnapper, and Gabie because she knows it was supposed to be her that was taken instead. As the investigation moves forward, it becomes clear that people believe Kayla is dead. Gabie seems to be the only one who can feel that she's not. With Drew helping her, Gabie struggles with guilt, grief, fear, and anger... and she never gives up her belief that Kayla is still out there somewhere. My Thoughts: This book is 100% what it was supposed to be: A thrilling, suspenseful, entertaining, mystery that kept me wanting to read and read and read. I love a book that makes me want to stay up way later than I want to because I just HAVE to know what's going to happen. The Night She Disappeared is told in multiple perspectives with other cool things thrown in like 911 calls, newspaper articles, and police reports. I felt like those extras gave the book something to make it stand out from the average mystery. I liked the whole vibe of the book and how it really explored the emotions that people go through when something traumatic happens around them. It can bring you closer to people, or push you apart. I liked how Drew and Gabie didn't talk much before this whole thing happened, but were bonded together because they both felt survivors guilt. Drew was the perfect person for Gabie to lean on. He was definitely a favorite for me in this book. I enjoyed that this was a true YA Contemporary Thriller. There wasn't a supernatural twist, it was just a kidnapping and how the people around it dealt with a tragedy. I wish there were more books like this in YA because they're easy to read, but also exciting. Overall: A super-fast paced, thrilling mystery that you can totally read in one sitting!! Unputdownable, suspenseful, and nail-biting inducing at times. Definitely recommended for anyone looking for a true YA Contemporary Mystery/Thriller. More @ My Blog:

  19. 4 out of 5

    McCaid Paul

    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 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 pages, my heart pounding out of my chest. I was unsure about how it would turn out, but was glad it ended the way it did. If you're looking for a suspenseful read, give this one a go!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    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 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 because I like to try and figure out the mystery of who did it and why and who's hiding something etc With this story, it didnt seem to matter who the person was or why this person did what they did. Literally nothing was revealed about the person except their name and what they did for a living. It was just..random. So, that was dumb. And then towards the end, when Kayla's friend Gabie took it upon herself to do what she did?! Why the hell would you do that?! You're afraid to stay at the pizza place alone for fear of being kidnapped but you'll drive a car out to the middle of nowhere to meet up with your other friend who is following this psycho?! Why not just call the fucking police?! It was all kinds of herp derp. I'm thinking I need another YA break after all of this nonsense.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jana

    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 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 point of view that we only meet in that chapter and never see again. But it is vital to the story. I also liked that the author added a piece of evidence or memorabilia in between each chapter. This helped move the story along and added some lightness to the tone of the book. The mystery of who took Kayla was good and I liked that we did sometimes get chapters from her and her captor's point of view. Read the rest here.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mrs. Strudthoff

    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 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, Gabie feels guilty. She believes that the person who kidnapped Kayla really wanted to kidnap Gabie instead. In addition to feeling guilty, Gabie is afraid: Will the kidnapper come for her next? A page-turning, edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting good read!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rochelle Angelica

    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 :)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ruby Schabel

    Very intense, keeps your mind wondering what happens until the very last page.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Yang

    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 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 friend if she was there and her friend said she went to delivered pizza. So the men hung up and her friends were confused and worried. That night Kayla never came back to her work place while her friends were waiting for her. SO they called the cops and they will go find her as soon as possible. That night was when she disappeared and no one knew where she is.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Hsel

    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 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 surgeons so they can never be home. One day Kayla decided to switch Gabie shift with hers and Kayla made a delivered but she never came back. Gabie kept blaming on herself because Kayla got kidnap instead of her and It worries her a lot that she starting to imagine Kayla everywhere. Gabie believes that Kayla is still alive but she has nobody to discuss it with. Later on she and Drew got close and she discusses it with him but he doesn’t know what to believe. Detectives is looking for Kayla body and refuse to accept that Kayla is still alive. It was risking for Gabie and Drew to find Kayla because they fighting against the kidnapper who had a gun but they fought through and Drew shot the kidnapper. Gabie kept her hope high even when there’s nobody to believe what she had to say. Gabie is believable because she follows her feeling as if Kayla is still alive. The plot is compelling because it has interesting start and at the end of a chapter paragraph it makes you very curious like at the end of the chapter it has interesting last paragraph which connected to the next chapter so it makes you want to read the next chapter. It has alternate narrators and each character has different perspective of the same story. Also when there’s a evidence they show the picture of how the character look like or the evidence of what the detectives found. The value of this book is that it teaches us teenagers to be careful and if you ever get kidnapped, leave some proof that you’ve missing and don’t go alone at night even for work. Get somebody to protect yourself. I would recommend my classmates to read to book so they can understand what kidnappers can do to and know how ugly this world can be. I believe teenagers will love to read this book because mostly these days the kidnappers want teenagers. This book will show how ugly kidnappers can be and it will teach them what to do and not do.

  27. 4 out of 5

    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 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 these kids are the main focus. Drew answered the phone that night, Gabie was supposed to work but she traded shifts with Kayla because Kayla asked. The man was after Gabie, not Kayla. He wanted Gabie to fill in his plan. Kayla was kind of an innocent bystander in all this, in his plans. The girl with the Mini Cooper is the one he wanted. Kayla gets kidnapped and Drew and Gabie are left to put together the pieces. Everybody thinks Kayla is dead. She's been gone a while now. Gabie believes that she's still alive, somewhere, somehow. This novel is told in many different perspectives, I think my favorite was Kayla's. I needed to know what she was going through, if she was strong enough to survive this. The Night She Disappeared is an exciting psychological mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I liked all the extra stuff, like the police reports, the newspaper articles. I really enjoyed this novel. I enjoyed reading what they were all going through. Part of me is sad by it though. These things really happens and that stings! I don't like the topics but the stories are always interesting, because you find yourself wanting to know if the main character will be ok! The whole time while reading, I wanted to know who took Kayla and why? The Night She Disappeared was a great second novel for Henry. It will please many readers. Overall: I really enjoyed The Night She Disappeared, even if I don't like the topic very much. It's just too darn scary to know this does happen in real life. I liked reading from all the character's perspectives. I felt like I was in each one's mind. I really enjoyed this one a lot. Cover: Like it. The cover fits perfectly. The girl on the cover is walking down a road. The colors are go together, especially the text. What I'd Give It: 4/5 Cupcakes ___________ Taken From Princess Bookie www.princessbookie.com

  28. 4 out of 5

    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 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 same car that police said Kayla was last seen. So they keep following the car when they see a person in the back. So when the car had stop they followed the person in to the house. When they see Kayla in the basement, and had called the police then had gotten back Kayla. I think it was Person vs Person because the person that kidnapped her was the conflict because if it wasn't for him kidnapping her there wouldn't be no story. I wish they had founded Kayla somewheres different like a river or a house because I think that had ruined the story Not just at a persons basements. I didn't agree with that they wanted Gabie not Kayla because if they had really want her they couldn't just got Gabie. Or maybe it was a trap to get Gabie. My favorite part was that even if people didn't really talk to Kayla they still cared about her because they asking there mom and how they where doing. she really wasn't popular at school or maybe they just wanted to know. I predicted that Kayla wasn't going to be found because it has been many days she hasen't been seen. But it turned that they did find Kayla. I rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars because, I didn't really like the ending and just some parts didnt make sense. I would recommend this book to people who like mysteries. But that is kind of scary because no one had thought about kidnaping a person by a deilvery.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elena

    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 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 short but enjoyable mystery. The plot is always suspenseful, especially because it is told through different perspectives. The main ones are Gabie's and Drew's, but I especially liked the parts told by Kayla and her kidnapper. The structure of the book is great also because it includes police reports, interviews and other documents - just like in Dangerous Girls. As for the characters, I did not really like Gabie and Drew. I found Gabie to be quite self-absorbed and irrational, and Drew was only good at letting himself down. The portrayal of their guilt was well done, and sometimes I did feel sorry for them, but over all I did not much care for them, and they did not work for me as a romantic couple neither. Instead, I rather liked Kayla, because she was brave, wise and strong. Her terror was palpable and I found it easy to identify with her. The kidnapper was quite creepy, but his motivations were barely explored, which was disappointing. The Night She Disappeared is perfect if you like thrillers and if you are looking for a quick read. Recommended.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. In my opinion, the multiple perspectives ruined this novel. What's the mystery? We know where the missing girl is, who took her and why. By giving the reader all of this knowledge, the author removes the tension from the story. Drew and Gabie's concern over Kayla's disappearance and their tepid budding romance weren't enough to carry the book for 200 pages while I waited for this mystery/thriller to live up to its genre. Also, I find the police department's handling of the investigation to be ri In my opinion, the multiple perspectives ruined this novel. What's the mystery? We know where the missing girl is, who took her and why. By giving the reader all of this knowledge, the author removes the tension from the story. Drew and Gabie's concern over Kayla's disappearance and their tepid budding romance weren't enough to carry the book for 200 pages while I waited for this mystery/thriller to live up to its genre. Also, I find the police department's handling of the investigation to be ridiculous. The very first meeting with a suspect (based entirely on rumors and circumstantial evidence) and they flat out accuse him of murder after saying about ten words to him. And, later, when the sergeant tells Gabie to stop saying Kayla is alive and that the two kids were of NO help at all was just stupid. It was so obviously a plot device to put Drew and Gabie "on their own" so they'd have to rescue Kayla without the help of the completely useless adults in their lives. As I said before, the book is severely lacking in thrills until the last forty pages. By then it was too late. The author showed her hand early in the book by allowing us complete access to all the key characters, including the missing girl and her captor. After that, I never believed the author would actually do away with any of the (good-guy) characters.

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