[eARC Review] The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

Friday, June 14, 2013

Title: The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die
Author: April Henry
Genre: YA, Thriller
Format: Hardcover, 244 pages
Release Date: June 11, 2013
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Source: eARC provided from publisher for honest review

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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 was really intrigued by this book for many reasons, because of the cover-I mean come on, it is so captivating, and because the content seemed very daring and interesting. The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die is a very interesting story that essentially left too much to be desired.

We first meet Cady when she wakes up in a cabin with two men who are about to kill her. She remembers nothing-not who she is or why she is in this situation. I thought teh story started off very strong, Cady seemed like a great character and the plot line was extremely fast paced. I thought it got even better near the middle when you start to question Cady as a narrator when certain events make you question her sanity. But after that, it seemed like everything when down hill.

I found the story itself, once it was revealed, to be a little unbelievable, especially when we find out why Cady was taken and why these men are after her. Every twist I saw coming and that might be because I watch too many episodes of Criminal Minds but it kind of ruined my reading experience. The secondary characters felt a little flat to me and I thought the "bad guys" were not portrayed that way at all. I was not as frightened of them as I wanted to be. I found them to be more stereotypical than anything else.

The end. Now normally in a thriller the end is where everything makes sense when it is revealed. But here I felt like it was rushed and too quick for me to take in. I mean it only took about 4 pages for the bad guy to be defeated and everything was all happy again. It just didn't make any sense to me. I wanted a lot more than what I received.

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