The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

Hardcover | June 11, 2013

byApril 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.

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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, ident...

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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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.3 × 5.46 × 0.89 inPublished:June 11, 2013Publisher:Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0805095411

ISBN - 13:9780805095418

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CHAPTER 1DAY 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

Editorial Reviews

MASL Truman Award FinalistIowa Teen Book Award Finalist"The novel only spans a few days, and Henry's airtight plotting and efficient, stylized writing brings tension into each scene. Shrewd characterizations lend additional substance to this adrenaline-inducing read." -Publishers Weekly"Suggest this one to fans of Stefan Petrucha's Split (Walker, 2010) and Matt Whyman's Icecore (2007) and Goldstrike (2010, both S & S) for a good adrenaline rush with the tiniest hint of romance." -School Library Journal"April Henry has it down with her taut mysteries, and The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die is as good as her other works. Suspense and tension build from the first page--in which men are taking Cady out to kill her--to the last, as she uncovers the secrets in this eco-thriller." -School Library Journal"Older Jack and Jill readers will find themselves unable to put down this book until they reach the stunning conclusion." -Jack and Mill Magazine"Henry is a dependable best-selling force in both adult and YA worlds, and this book is tailor-made to please her fan base." -Booklist"Henry (The Night She Disappeared) delivers another speedy, suspenseful mystery, this one reminiscent of Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne books." -Publishers Weekly"The reader must wait with baited breath to see when and if the characters will uncover the truth as the suspense builds to a fever pitch near the end of the book." -VOYA on The Night She Disappeared"Fans of intense page-turners . . . will love this one." -School Library Journal on The Night She Disappeared"It's a riveting story. . . . Each chapter is a surprise, and the tension builds steadily until the inevitable climactic face off." -Publishers Weekly on The Night She Disappeared"Constantly interesting and suspenseful." -Kirkus Reviews on Girl, Stolen"Thoroughly exciting." -Booklist on Girl, Stolen"Readers will be hard-pressed to put this one down before its heart-pounding conclusion." -School Library Journal on Girl, Stolen"Be ready to be startled and inspired as the story reaches its climax. Readers will race to the end." -The Strand Magazine on Girl, Stolen"The pace is impeccable, becoming rapidly more frantic as Cheyenne realizes her chances for success are dwindling. In addition, the premise itself is powerfully realistic and compelling, with one small incident (Griffin's jumping into a car that had the keys in the ignition) snowballing into a nightmare series of events that will change everyone." -BCCB on Girl, Stolen"Henry spins a captivating tale that shifts between Cheyenne's and Griffin's thoughts. Both are well-built, complex characters, trapped in their own ways by life's circumstances, which--paired with a relentlessly fast pace--ensures a tense read." -Publishers Weekly on Girl, Stolen