Saturday, February 25, 2012
The Night She Disappeared by April Henry
He had it all figured out. He picked a nice submissive young lady and noted that she did pizza deliveries. Then he placed an order to fictitious address and kidnapped her. But the girl's had switched days and he got the wrong one...
Henry Holt, a division of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Net Galley allowed me to read this as an ebook for review (thank you). It will be published March 13th, check with your local bookstore for a copy.
This is a scary story because it could very well happen. The story is written for young adults but it's strong enough older readers will enjoy it, too.
Drew answered the phone and took the order and ignored the guy's comment about the girl who drove the Mini Cooper. When Kayla doesn't return, he calls the police. All he remembers is what pizza the guy ordered, he didn't give him any other clues. There is no sign of Kayla.
When Drew tells Gabie that the caller asked about her Mini Cooper, she realizes that she was the intended victim and she won't give up trying to find Kayla. The police believe she's dead, so they aren't a lot of help.
Drew and Gabie both have some issues in their personal life (don't we all?) and as they work together to try to find Kayla, they have to admit some of things they were hiding at work. It's all very believable.
This author makes her characters strong and determined. They won't give up. I like that attribute in people and I liked this book.
If dark areas of the mind bother you, this book will make you shiver.