The Girl Who Was Supposed To Die
by April Henry
“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.
She probably should've died.
This, unfortunately, didn't hold my love for long.
Since this is a rather short book, I'll keep this... thing, as close to a minimum word limit as possible. *snorts air intensely*
To be honest, I only read this in hope of cleansing myself from romance. Like, straight-up chugging acid. I was sick and tired of lovey-dovey, mushy, musty, and dusty lack of brain cells also known as, falling in love in about 6 paragraphs of knowing each other. So I really went in not really searching for anything wonderful nor overly detailed, in short, I wanted to be entertained.
Which I did. Just not enough for me to give a four-star rating.
The plot changed about three times, which I found interesting, but at the same time... not that good? Please don't get me wrong, I wasn't head over heels bored, however, I feel that if had it stayed with the initial premise of escaping kidnappers, it would've made the whole storyline more realistic and less... TV showy. (what does that even mean-) The pace was really fast, at times too fast for my liking, whereas halfway it almost took a stop for gasoline to change, yet again, the plot. Overall? The main idea could've had a better execution that wouldn't have left me in a state of confuzzlenes in 'what is this' type of mode. I would also say, that I got a little peeved in some chapters in which the 'working' class was mentioned, but I don't want to get too far into that. Goodness knows I'm no expert.
I would definitely mention that the writing kept me at least partly hooked into the story. At times, it was abrupt or repetitive, be that as it may, I wasn't really focusing on the words just the feelings those words were trying to convey. In other words (hehe), I wasn't reading to analyze everything. I never read smartly though. Hm... Moving on. I will definitely mention the fact that it let me imagine and picture the fight scenes, and what was occurring. Which I appreciate immensely. Just, please? If a character has a broken hand, don't omit that. It takes a little logic away from the actual logical things.
The characters were alright.
None of them had any distinctive personality, and it's quite surprising that I mildly enjoyed that factor. Why? Well, because I wasn't ready to be emotionally invested in a character after the disastrous things that that has brought upon me.
Mainly disappointment. *laughs in 'this is pain'*
I'm pretty sure the MC had four different personalities (oh, like me? Nahhh). I say this because of course, she was strong, but also not. But also, she wanted everyone to know she was strong. But also... not? I just wanted her to at least have a modicum of apparent personality apart from 'I survived'. Me is aliveth. Yada yada yada ya. In other cases I would be screaming for her to fight through and would feel proud of her accomplishments, however, everything felt a little rushed so what I ended up doing was a little 'yay' here and there. I would've loved to actually have seen her grow stronger, not just in physical state (because she was very strong) but in emotional. Does that make sense?Also, someone please tell her what stupid decisions look like. Because I think she forgot.
A little crash course:
You don't get in a car with someone you met in McDonald's. No matter how good their sideburns look like.
You don't get into a house with not one, but TWO strangers who could kill you.
And thirdly, just make better decisions. Either that or call me, and I'll smack you so hard you'll start writing books about Good Choice Making skills.
The secondary characters were just that. Secondary. I regret not being able to connect with them nor being able to actually grow to care for them, honestly? I didn't care enough. And that is slightly depressing. I am avidly present for the fact that it would've probably been the same without them.
I would say that the love interest/romance, was sweet because it was barely mentioned. I don't think I would've enjoyed it as much if the romance had bloomed in 200 pages of action, betrayal, and whatnot. It wouldn't even have made sense. Although it would've given me so much ammunition for future rantage.
The guy was sweet, albeit a bit boring. Average but a nice addition to an otherwise romance-free story. And by nice, I mean don't let them get together, because chemistry? Yeah, we'll just JUMP over that tiny step.
On a closing note, the characters were just okay, the plot was engaging but ultimately didn't hold the amount of substance a 4-star read needs to have. At least for me. Everything could've been better if the storyline had been more developed but overall, I would say that it was a pleasant experience, a little lacking, nonetheless, it was a good filler story for the next book that I hope will break me to some extent.
That last sentence sounded so messed up-
Ha! As if I'm not that messed up.
Crap, that got too deep.
I swear I'm actually not like this.
The fact that they never ran out of gas is outstanding.
The amount of hope I had for the MC to kill everyone and then the Love interest had to stop her. I threw a mini tantrum. They all deserved it.
The Mc's little brother. That guy is the real MVP. I loved him. And he was in about three pages.
Huh, well it was fun! Um... yeah.