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The Night She Disappeared - April Henry

The Night She Disappeared by April Henry is a fast paced contemporary thriller surrounding three main characters; Gabie who was the intended victim, Kayla who was the actual victim and Drew who took the phone call on that fateful night. Told in alternating viewpoints we are taken through the abduction and subsequent rescue of Kayla.

I really liked the alternating viewpoints of the characters. Not only do you hear from the three main characters, but you also get to hear from the abductor as well. It helps to move the story along. The sad thing is that none of the characters are like-able or even believable really. The fact that a girl was abducted and is missing ends up being almost secondary in the way the story is written. Gabie and Drew spend more time thinking about their budding relationship than they do about their missing co-worker and their connection to the whole thing. When they do remember that someone was missing and they each have a part to play in the story, it comes across as forced.

Maybe it’s due to the length of the book, but the story just falls flat and feels rushed. Everything wraps up in a neat little bow at the end and it left me with a decidedly unresolved feeling at the end. While the story and characters could have been much better developed, it was a decent and quick read.

2.5 stars rounded to 3.