Rainer Maria Rilke

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Friday, May 1, 2015

A Thriller From Page One

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry

Teen Thriller

This was my second April Henry book and it was a far better read than the first one so I'm glad I kept on going!

In this book, a girl wakes up in a cabin in terrible pain. She has no idea who she is, but recognizes she is about to be murdered!  Quickly gathering some inner strength, she fights off her attackers and escapes. This begins an adventure where the girl, whom we later learn is named Cady, has to figure out who she is and why there are people trying to kill her.  Fortunately, a boy named Ty recognizes her dire situation and helps her to uncover her identity and her secrets.

Wow!  This book was a nail-biter from beginning to end.  While there are times when the reader has to suspend belief, it was a pleasure to do so.  I loved the character of Cady.  Even though she was being victimized, she never became a victim.  She came out of the gate ready to do battle and figure out her past.  The book reads a bit like an unraveling mystery where key elements, which you will never guess, are delayed.  The reader can't figure out the mystery, but it sure is fun following the bread crumbs.  I had read one other thriller by Henry that was much like this, but not nearly as good.  Now that I understand Henry's style and genre, she is definitely an author I will be returning to.

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