Friday, January 31, 2014

The Girl Who was Supposed to Die by April Henry

The Girl Who was Supposed to Die:
“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.

For a short read this book was fast paced and filled with mystery and thrilling twists. The storyline was believable and the narrative was honest and direct. April Henry is a gifted writer of suspense for young adults, and from the very first page I was completely ensnared within Cady’s fear. Seriously, the opening lines are of the girl discovering she has had her fingernails pulled off and now some strange men want to kill her. Cady has no memories of who she is or why she is about to be killed, so she fights back. Surprisingly well, I might add, but that only increases the mystery surrounding Cady and her predicament. As Cady searches for the truth, someone is out to make her look as if she is untrustworthy. But a chance meeting with a guy named Ty gives her the opportunity to find a safe haven while searching for answers. Pulling Ty into her problems is not something she wants to do, but he insists on staying with her until they figure out what is going on. When the officer Cady originally turned to for help turns up dead they know that the danger is getting closer and that they are running out of time. Following the only lead they have, Cady and Ty make their way to Cady’s hometown, and it’s there that Cady discovers the truth and just how far the people after her are willing to go to protect their secrets.

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