aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

The Night She Disappeared

Portland has been stuck in a kind of perpetual March (May was known as "March, Part 3), so the thought of March 2012 seems really far away.

But last week I received proof that March was coming, and with it, my new YA thriller called The Night She Disappeared. It's about a pizza delivery girl, Kayla, whose car is found in a deserted area with door ajar, her purse on the seat, and scattered pizza boxes on the ground. Evidence at the scene suggests she was murdered and her body dumped in the river. Gaby and Drew, her coworkers, don't believe that Kayla's dead - and team up to find her before she really is.

Last week I was sent print outs of each of the pages to proof. What's cool about the book is that it's like a mosaic. In addition to regular text, there's a fortune cookie message, a list of things to do, a note written in blood, etc. I really like how the interior designer, April Ward, pulled things together. There's a logo for my fictional pizza place, Pete's Pizza, and it looks like she even dummied up some pizza boxes.

I believe in kick-ass chapter endings, and I think this book has quite a few:

- She has no idea she will have to die to make room for her.

- Only what he's taking out of the drawer is a gun.

- It's a woman. Screaming.

- And that's when I pull the trigger.

Now wouldn't those make you keep reading?

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