“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.
Description taken from Goodreads.
Despite a few flaws to this book, I did really enjoy THE GIRL WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO DIE. If you want to get a gist of what this book is all about, it’s basically the story of a teenage Jason Bourne with less government trouble and a less developed world/characters. But hey, the Bourne storyline is hard to beat.
For convenience, I’m just going to tell you right now that the girl’s name is Cady. As said by the blurb, she meets a boy named Tyler who helps her through all sorts of desperate situations. Since I, as a reader, wasn’t able to really see into the mind of Cady because of the way this POV is written, it was hard for me to really see what either main character was thinking.
Their relationship was made weaker by that, and also by the fact that throughout the course of the story, what they meant to each other wasn’t really clear. I wasn’t sure what Henry was going for, because Tyler isn’t a romantic interest, they’re not friends, and yet they’re traveling together and helping each other. On and off at every moment. Tyler is risking his life for this girl he’s never met before.
However, I felt that, as individuals, they were very strong characters. Cady more than Tyler, but I appreciated both of them through the course of the story. The action, observations and world-building in this book is done very well and I loved those scenes because of how clearly I could envision them. The suspense is written very well and everyone moves on a great pace.
Other than the basic settings though, I felt that the characters weren’t very complex or fully fleshed out. I would’ve liked to see a lot more in that sense.Especially the bag guys weren’t very thought-through.
Overall, when it comes to enjoyability and entertainment, this is a fun, short, quick read that has a very simple plot. If you’re looking for a decent mystery with lots of action and fast-paced adventure, then this is a read for you. 2.5 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 213