Review// The Girl Who Was Supposed To Die by April Henry

The GirlTitle: The Girl Who Was Supposed To Die

Author: April Henry

My Version: Published June 17th 2014 by Square Fish (Paperback)

Genre: YA, Mystery, Thriller, Realistic Fiction

My Rating: 3.5/5

“My mind shut down. Went blank. Went somewhere I wouldn’t have to remember. Even when they pulled out my fingernails, it wouldn’t come back.”


“”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.”

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Like a number of the books I have been reading lately, The Girl Who Was Supposed To Die has been sitting on my shelf for quite some time. The title and the cover combined made me instantly intrigued, and so I’m glad I finally got the chance to pick it up.

This book is quite a thriller. It begins with our MC, Cady, waking up in a cabin with no memory of who she is, bloody and beaten. She over hears one man telling another to “take her out back an finish her off,” and that’s where our story really kicks off.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

Although Cady has no memory of who she is, who her family is, or why these men want her dead, she begins a battle to get the hell out of the cabin and figure out exactly what is going on.

Along the way, she meets a completely random guy in a McDonald’s who ends up being the best help she could ask for.

One thing I really enjoyed about this book is the originality. It seems these days that we don’t often get story variations, so it’s nice when an author comes up with something completely unique. I also enjoyed the layout of the chapters. The story only spans like three days, so each chapter is labeled with a day and a time. It really puts into perspective how much happens in such a short amount of time.

One issue I found in this book may not seem that big to some, but it was to me. Cady was very analytical about what was going on. We got a lot of detail on what exactly was happening, but not how she was feeling in all of it. It at times felt like she was a robot, just surviving and not emotionally attached to her situation.

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There were also some issues with her helpful sidekick, Ty, that she teams up with. He didn’t get much of a background story, and the way the author set it up, I think he needed one. His life was so hard but we never get a description of that, not really anyway.

And lastly, as cool as this story was, the ending wrapped up quickly and kind of unimaginably. The premise of the book is just so good, but the explanation for everything that has happened to Cady is way too unrealistic for me. And the ending, although it made sense, just went by so fast.

Overall though, I did find the book thrilling. I was super curious what exactly was going on with Cady the whole time. And it really made you question so many possibilities, that you didn’t know where it was going.

I recommend this book for sure, especially if you are looking for something quick and different that can up your Goodreads reading goal!


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5 thoughts on “Review// The Girl Who Was Supposed To Die by April Henry

  1. Great review! I haven’t heard of this book before but I do enjoy a good thriller from time to time, and you’re right about the title – it’s pretty eye-catching right off the bat. I’m glad to hear that you ended up liking it… though the ending does seem to be a little bit of a letdown, which happens more often than not in thrillers for me. D:

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  2. Wonderful review! I haven’t read this one yet, but I did recently read another April Henry book – The Girl I Used to Be. I didn’t really care for that one, because of the character development being almost non-existent, but I think I’d be willing to give her books another go!

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    1. I want to say the MC had character development in this book, but it’s kind of hard to determine when she goes from not having memories to having memories. So I think it would make sense if she didn’t. But I do understand, I hate when a character goes through events and it doesn’t change them at all.

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  3. Great review! This sounds like a chilling book, and even the title brings chills down my spine. I guess, in my understanding of the book, it’s necessary for Cady to not be attached to her emotions? I would imagine that if she acted upon those, no good things could happen in her situation.

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