Wednesday, March 08, 2023

#BookReview: Girl Forgotten by April Henry

Synopsis: Piper Gray starts a true-crime podcast investigating a seventeen-year-old cold case in this thrilling YA murder mystery by New York Times bestselling author April Henry. 

Seventeen years ago, Layla Trello was murdered and her killer was never found. Enter true-crime fan Piper Gray, who is determined to reopen Layla’s case and get some answers. With the help of Jonas—who has a secret of his own—Piper starts a podcast investigating Layla’s murder. But as she digs deeper into the mysteries of the past, Piper begins receiving anonymous threats telling her to back off the investigation, or else. The killer is still out there, and Piper must uncover their identity before they silence her forever. 


Rating: 3 Stars
My Review: After reading a few books by April Henry it seems that she is starting to get stagnate.  I think this one was super predictable and the ending was very rushed.  I did enjoy it for the most part but overall it was lacking in something to really grip me.  


Praise for Girl Forgotten:
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

Praise for Two Truths and a Lie:
Amazon Editor’s Choice for Best Young Adult 
Teen Vogue 15 Best New Thriller & Mystery Books for Summer 2022
She Reads: Best YA Thrillers Coming in 2022
Featured in Crime Reads
Featured in the Big Thrill 
Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selection 

"Suspense, intrigue, and isolation converge in this perfect storm of a thriller."
―Mindy McGinnis, author of The Female of the Species

"A white-knuckle, claustrophobic, locked-room tour de force, Two Truths and a Lie is a worthy successor to Agatha Christie."
―Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten and #murdertrending

"Told with nods to Agatha Christie and in eerie detail, this ­thriller is sure to delight fans of mystery, suspense, and a little horror.... A grisly, fast-paced, suspenseful tale of a murder and mystery that is great for fans of noir thrillers who do not mind a little gore." 
―School Library Journal

"Henry returns with another thriller that will keep readers on the edges of their seats with mystery and romance, plus various theater references that give the novel a unique feel. Multiple twists and turns will keep readers guessing until the very end. An engrossing read." 

"Henry successfully incorporates elements of romance into a snowed-inn mystery with Agatha Christie roots." 
―Publishers Weekly

"An homage to Agatha Christie, Henry’s locked-room mystery is tautly plotted, with quick-moving nail-biting chapters, relatable characters, and a deftly wrought setting that paradoxically manages to feel both claustrophobic and sprawling …. An atmospheric and entertaining thriller perfect for snowy night chills."―
Kirkus Reviews  --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

April Henry is the New York Times bestselling author of many acclaimed mysteries for adults and fourteen novels for teens, including Two Truths and a Lie; Girl, Stolen; and The Girl I Used to Be, which was nominated for an Edgar Award and won the Anthony Award for Best YA Mystery. She lives in Oregon. April invites you to visit her at 

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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