The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

by April Henry

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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, in The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805095418
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 06/11/2013
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.83(d)
Lexile: HL690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

April Henry is the New York Times bestselling author of many acclaimed mysteries for adults and young adults, including the YA novels Girl, Stolen and The Night She Disappeared, and the thriller Face of Betrayal, co-authored with Lis Wiehl. She lives in Oregon.

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DAY 1, 4:51 P.M.
I wake up.
But wake up isn’t quite right. That implies sleeping. A bed. A pillow.
I come to.
Instead of a pillow, my right cheek is pressed against something hard, rough, and gritty. A worn wood floor.
My mouth tastes like old pennies. Blood. With my eyes still closed, I gently touch my teeth with my tongue. One of them feels loose. The inside of my mouth is shredded and sore. My head aches and there’s a faint buzzing in one ear.
And something is wrong with my left hand. The tips of my pinkie and ring finger throb with every beat of my heart. The pain is sharp and red.
Two men are talking, their voices a low murmur. Something about no one coming for me. Something about it’s too late.
I decide to keep my eyes closed. Not to move. I’m not sure I could anyway. It’s not only my tooth that feels wrong.
Footsteps move closer to me. A shoe kicks me in the ribs. Not very hard. More like a nudge. Still, I don’t allow myself to react. Through slitted eyes, I see two pairs of men’s shoes. One pair of brown boots and one pair of red-brown dress shoes that shade to black on the toes. A distant part of me thinks the color is called oxblood.
“She doesn’t know anything,” a man says. He doesn’t sound angry or even upset. It’s a simple statement of fact.
I realize he’s right. I don’t know anything. What’s wrong with me, where I am, who they are. And when I try to think about who I am, what I get is: nothing. A big gray hole. All I know for sure is that I must be in trouble.
“I need to get back to Portland and follow our leads there,” the other man says. “You need to take care of things here. Take her out back and finish her off.”
“But she’s just a kid,” the first man says. His tone is not quite so neutral now.
“A kid?” The second man’s voice hardens. “If she talks to the cops, she could get us both sent to death row. It’s either her or us. It’s that simple.” His footsteps move away from me. “Call me when you’re done.”
The other man nudges me with his foot again. A little harder this time.
Behind me, I hear a door open and close.
“Come on. Get up.” With a sigh, he leans over and grabs me under my arms. Grunting, he hauls me up from behind. His breath smells bitter, like coffee. I try to keep my body limp, but when my left hand brushes the floor, the pain in my fingers is an electric shock. My legs stiffen and he pulls me to my feet.
“That’s right,” he says, nudging me forward while still holding me up. “We’re going to take a little walk.”
Since he already knows that I’m conscious, I figure I can open my eyes halfway. We’re in what looks like a cabin, with knotty pine walls and a black wood-burning stove. Yellow stuffing spills from sliced cushions on an old plaid couch and a green high-backed chair. Books lie splayed below an emptied bookcase. Someone was obviously looking for something, but I don’t know what, and I don’t know if they found it. Past the red-and-white-checkered curtains lie nothing but fir trees.
With the guy’s arm clamped around my shoulders, I stumble past a table with four wood chairs. One of them is turned away from the table. Ropes loosely encircle the arms. A pair of bloody pliers sits on the table next to what seems like two silver-white chips mostly painted pink.
I look down at my limp left hand. Pink polish on three of the nails. The tips of the last two fingers are wet and red where nails used to be.
I think I know where I was before I ended up on the floor.
I keep every step small and shuffling so that he’s half carrying me. It’s not easy because he’s not much bigger than me, maybe five foot nine. The guy mutters under his breath, but that’s all. Maybe he doesn’t want to get to where we are going any more than I do. The back door is about twenty feet away.
Outside, a car starts up and then drives away. The only other sounds are the wind in the trees outside and the man grunting every now and then as he tries to make my body walk in a straight line.
Wherever we are, I think we’re alone. It’s just me and this guy. And once he manages to get me out the door, he’ll follow instructions.
He’ll finish me off.
Kill me.

Text copyright © 2013 by April Henry

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The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Should have been longer, as it only took me 2 days to read it, but other than that was great! I really appreciate there not being any cuss words or sexual things, other than kissing! Thank you to the author for that! The begining is very action- packed and i love how we are as confued as she is, but it is an exciting kind of confused. Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just loved this book. It kept on the edge of my seat the whole time. I never wanted to put it down.
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
As soon as I read the synopsis for The Girl Who Was Supposed To Die, I HAD to get my hands on a copy ASAP. However I was still cautious in limiting my expectations because I was burnt way too many times by thriller books. Also I wasn't the biggest fan of April Henry's previous book. However I am happy to inform you guys that this book was so freaking amazing. I couldn't put it down and finished it in one sitting. April Henry was able to capture me from the first page and only released me on the last page. The novel starts with the main protagonist, Cady, coming to (she didn't feel like using the word "wake" is correct in her circumstances) on the floor of a cabin, all bruised and bloodied and hears someone say "Take her out back and finish her off". The kicker is that Cady doesn't remember anything. Not her name, her life, memories and past. So imagine how freaked out she is, and I was, when she realizes this, during her dire situation. However Cady, I have to admit, was hardcore. She was fierce and while she had the usual doubts and fear, anyone would be in her situation, it still didn't overshadow her logic and judgement and I love that her intuition and gut feeling was always right and she followed it. What made this novel such a thrill is that we were in the same level as Cady, we know nothing about her world. Also, the need to know why two men tortured her and wanted to kill her made me read and flip the pages faster. If you guys are looking for a romance, then this book isn't for you.This book doesn't need romance to keep us interested. Heck, I always say I love it when books have a little bit of romance, even if it isn't prominent, but for this book, I guess there is the potential for a romance with the guy Cady meets, who ends up helping her. But that isn't the priority here; we aren't that shallow right? I was glad that Cady could find someone who was willing to help her. Ty, was such a nice guy, I never once doubted that he didn't have Cady's best interest. Concerning why Cady was kidnapped to begin with, I would rather not say, but the story wraps up wonderfully by the end when you finally find the reason. April Henry did an amazing job in this novel and while I would have given it 5 stars, a sentence in the novel left a bitter taste in my mouth. Linking terrorists to people of strong faith, which isn't always the case, just a stereotype. So while I enjoyed this novel a ton, I just couldn't love it unconditionally for that one sentence. All in all, The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die will appeal to all thriller and mystery fans. With a cover and synopsis like this, who wouldn't want to read it? especially since it is only about 230 pages, making it a very fast read. I will definitely be on the lookout for more books by Henry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me on the edge of my seat for one sitting this book is great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book makes your heartpound
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book, it started off kind of creppy but it was a very good ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Avid reader here. Really impressive story telling. Worth every penny I paid and it was a bargain for the best read I have had this year. My first by this author, I'm looking forward to discovering the rest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really want to read this but i dont have any money can some one give some plz
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced and exciting. I would recomend this one. I'm not a big fan of present tense writing, but other than that it was a good story. Well worth it, especially for fans of YA thrillers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got @ my school library still reading it but amazing so far !!!!! Read it ,one of the best i have read
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I’m not so sure about the nail-biting aspect of this thriller as I didn’t feel this way about it as I listened to it on audio but perhaps, I would feel differently had I actually read the novel instead. I thought the novel moved quickly and I was intrigued as to what was actually transpiring but it wasn’t a suspenseful read for me. The novel begins with the main character waking up on the floor of a cabin. She doesn’t remember anything about her situation as she slowly awakens to the voices of two men discussing her fate. With death in her immediate future, she eventually makes her way outside and yet again, she has no idea where she should go. She has this, “damned if I do and damned if I don’t” thought process running through her head as she contemplates putting the pieces of her life back together. It’s like a huge mystery and all the pieces of her puzzle are blank. I liked how she figured things out one step-at-a-time and how she didn’t go all crazy and stupid in the process. I liked how things moved along quickly and she didn’t get all wrapped up in the moment. The novel doesn’t go deep and it’s a novel where you can just listen and enjoy it. It was an enjoyable novel to just take in, to sit back and enjoy the ride.
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i really like this book i am going to read this alot :)
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NatCuddy More than 1 year ago
Fast paced and fun! great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very thrilling and exciting! Recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was really good i love the beggining the nmost but i feel ad for hef t the sane time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a thriller. She loses her memory, wakes up in a weird cabin, and on top of everything else she hears two men aruging over whether or not to kill her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not yet read this book but of what people are telling me about it. It sounds like a very good book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book. I never wanted to put it down. It does get a little confusing towards the end. I have read other books by this author which were great as well. I would recommend this book to teens and young adults. I would also recommend this author and all her other books.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
awesome story. kept me turning the pages!