Gabie Klug’s teenage life is as normal as it gets: the daughter of two doctors, she drives a Mini Cooper and works part-time at Pete’s Pizza. Then one night, Gabie’s coworker, Kayla, goes out to deliver a pizza and vanishes—the victim of a possible kidnapping. As the police investigate, Gabie learns that the man who’d called in the fake order also asked, “Is the girl in the Mini Cooper making deliveries tonight?” She now believes whatever happened to Kayla was meant for her. Even as evidence piles up that Kayla is dead, Gabie has a strong feeling that Kayla is still alive, leading Gabie and another coworker, Drew, to jump into a very dangerous situation to try to find her.
Told from multiple viewpoints, The Night She Disappeared shares the story of a small Oregon town rocked by one young woman’s disappearance. Sprinkled throughout the book are 911-call transcripts, a missing-persons poster, and police reports that bring a horrifying situation to life. Readers hear from Gabie, who, despite her well-off background, wonders if anyone would have cared if she had been the one to vanish; Drew, who is dealing with his own demons and family troubles; and even the twisted mind of the kidnapper.
Author April Henry, who also writes award-winning thrillers for adults, shows a dark part of the world, but also the lengths to which good people will go to make things right…even if it means risking their own lives. As it races to its suspenseful ending, The Night overtakes the evil with good, the fear with strength, the helplessness with hope.