The Night She Disappeared by April Henry
Gabie agrees to switch nights working at Pete’s Pizza so that Kayla can do something else. Probably go on a date although she’s recently broken up with her boyfriend and doesn’t say exactly what she has in mind. Just a routine favor between coworkers. But something goes very wrong. When Drew answers a call for a pizza delivery and the man on the other end of the line asks whether the girl with the Mini Cooper–that’s Gabie–is delivering that night, Drew doesn’t think much of it. Gabie’s not there on her usual night. Drew answers that someone will deliver. And Kayla is the one.
Kayla doesn’t come back from the delivery and Drew calls the police. An investigation is launched. It’s clear that whoever took her had wanted Gabie, had known that this was Gabie’s usual night to work. What has he done to Kayla?
Days pass and the leads don’t look good. The primary suspect is shifty and untrustworthy. As is true in most all these cases, the police believe that Kayla is dead. While they are dragging the river for her body, Gabie convinces Drew that she feels Kayla’s presence and knows that she is alive. But for how long? How long does a psychopathic murder allow a girl to live–and under what conditions?
High school housekeeping: I enjoyed The Girl Who was Supposed to Die a few weeks back, so I decided to try another April Henry mystery. Again, I enjoyed the novel–the pace, the suspense, the way that teens Gabie and Drew feel inadequate to help and yet have very important skills to offer in the investigation. This is a fun summer read–quick and satisfying. I believe it’ll be entertaining to most teens including reluctant readers as well as those who are struggling and improving their reading skills. The inter-chapters include police reports, lab results from the crime scene, police interview transcripts and more. All of these tidbits drive the narrative forward. If you’re a mystery fan and want teen characters, Henry has given you another great option to choose from.