Book Review of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry

Posted June 10, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 21 Comments

Book Review of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April HenryThe Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry
Published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers on June 11th, 2013
Genres: mystery-thriller, young adult
Pages: 224
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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“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.

I read The Girl Who Disappeared by April Henry sometime last year, and I wasn’t all that impressed by it. I felt it was average at best. A thriller with not a lot of depth and dull characterizations. Based on that, I wasn’t even sure I wanted to read The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die. But I am glad I made the decision to try it anyway. The characterizations were MUCH better and I found myself caring for Cady and Ty and completely invested in the story.

I don’t know what changed, I really don’t, but this book was suspenseful, thrilling, scary, and full of all the right things to keep me turning those pages. The main character has amnesia (unreliable narrator–HELLO), and she doesn’t remember why these men want to kill her. What follows is an action-packed, cinematic reading experience. Tightly plotted, and exciting to the very end, this one is gonna keep you guessing in all the right ways.

I don’t think it’s going to be the type of book that will blow EVERYONE away, but for readers that love thrillers and standalones, I think it might. You have to be in the right mood when reading, but isn’t that the way it is with any book really?

There is science, there is whodunit, and there’s a whole lot of fun. I think the smarter readers will be able to figure out what’s going on here, but I didn’t really try to solve it as I was so wrapped up in the narrative. Though there is nothing particularly special about the prose, it flows well and is the right combination of description and story. And considering that there aren’t a lot of recent YA thrillers out there? I definitely think it’s worth picking this one up.

Short review, I know, but there isn’t a whole lot to say here. I liked it. I recommend it. And I think it’s a fun way to kill a couple of hours because it’s a spectacularly fast read. It was definitely better than the other book I read by this author, and I am looking forward to seeing what she comes up with next. I can only hope she continues to focus on characterization, because in books like this, it is so important!


21 responses to “Book Review of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry

  1. I loved The Night She Disappeared, so as you can imagine I have been eagerly anticipating the release of TGWwStD. I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed it. I am a fan of standalone thrillers with a whodunit type storyline so I’m sure I will, too. Brilliant review!

  2. The title sends shivers up my spine. I can be a sucker for thrillers at times and it looks like I’ve found a new one to add to the TBR. I’m clad the characterisation aspect was better.

    Lovely review, Kara!

  3. I totally agree with your review. It was good, I mean not great, but definitely good. I think the short length definitely helped this one stick out to me a bit more. haha I love that both of our reviews are so short, I mean really with so few pages and such a linear plot, what can you really say?

  4. Amy

    Oh you and Jenni both reviewed this today. I love a great thriller/mystery so I think I would like this one! The only thing I didn’t like about her book last year was actually knowing the identity of the kidnapper. I thought that kind of ruined the whole thing, but I still enjoyed the writing.

  5. I’m not one for thriller/true-story-horror reads like this one, but this one really does sound SO good. I may have to convince myself to pick it up after this review. Thanks for sharing, Kara! 🙂

  6. Oh wow! Most of the reviews have been two to three stars and I was not looking forward to this really. Thanks for giving me hope back. Should be starting this tomorrow. Hopefully.

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