ARC Review: The Girl Who Was Supposed To Die by April Henry

May 14, 2013 Review 11

The Girl Who Was Supposed To Die by April Henry by April Henry
The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die
The Girl Who Was Supposed To Die
by April Henry
My reviews are spoiler free!

Review By: Alise
Publisher: Henry Holt
Source: Netgalley – Thank you!
Pages: 224 (eBook)
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Series: Standalone

Release Date: June 11th 2013

“Take her out back and finish her off.”

She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that there are two men arguing over whether or not to kill her.

And that she must run.

In her riveting style, April Henry crafts a nail-biting thriller involving murder, identity theft, and biological warfare. Follow Cady and Ty (her accidental savior turned companion), as they race against the clock to stay alive.

It has been a few days since I finished this book and since I have had a few days to think on it, I realized I actually was not too impressed with it. It was entertaining while being read, but the overall effect left no real emotion. It doesn’t stick with you.

Cady wakes up with all her personal memories gone, she doesn’t remember who she is or anything about her family. Her own appearance is so unfamiliar to her she thinks it is someone else. But she does know one thing-the men who are holding her are going to kill her. She must escape.

While making her grand escape at the very last minute, Cady finds out she was trained for this. That fact only makes her question everything more. As she is continued to be painted in the media as a teenage murdering psychopath, Cady is racing to regain her memories and find out what the truth is surrounding her kidnapping and her family’s disappearance.

Although it began fantastically, it went downhill soon after. Things became less believable and some things were pointed out to you so obviously it wasn’t even fun to read the book to find out what happens.

Cady’s relationship with Ty, an employee at Burger King she meets while hiding, is also somewhat far-fetched considering, I don’t know, reality? I did like how their relationship did not progress romantically right away though.

A short story that is fairly entertaining, THE GIRL WHO SUPPOSED TO DIE is a YA thriller that could have been a bit more thrilling, but was overall a nice read. I like April Henry’s GIRL, STOLEN, better.

Rating Report
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Overall: 3.4

11 Responses to “ARC Review: The Girl Who Was Supposed To Die by April Henry”

  1. Renu

    It’s too bad that you didn’t love this, but I’m glad to see you found it entertaining. I enjoyed Henry’s The Night She Disappeared, so I’m quite looking forward to this despite it not being realistic. Great review!

  2. rivie bleu

    That looks like it should be intense, it’s sad that it’s not what it could have been. The cover is creepy though, this is very real in our world. It’s a great thing the three girls were able to scape after 10 years.

  3. Aman

    That synopsis is so chilling! Too bad the book didn’t turn out to be that good. But kudos to the publisher, the book is presented so well. It’s an eye catcher!

  4. Renae M.

    I recently read Henry’s Girl, Stolen, and had basically the same feelings as you did for this book, especially in regards to realism—I’m thinking it’s a common trend with the author. It’s good that you thought this was fairly entertaining, though, even if you would have wanted more from the “thriller” aspect.

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