April Henry Books in Order

The April Henry books have become so popular over the years that generation after generation, people keep going back to them.

If you're just starting with it and want a reading list, you're in luck. Here we list out all the April Henry books in order; keeping in mind various factors like the publication year, reviews, its popularity among readers, etc.

It’s always a good idea to read such book titles in sequence so that you don't miss out on the story plot and its discussions in the book clubs.

Publication Order of Claire Montrose Books

Circles of Confusion

Henry, April 1999
When Oregon DMV clerk Claire Montrose inherits a painting from her greataunt, she flies to New York for an appraisal and encounters two men who are a little too eager to assist her. A first novel. Reprint. Read More

Square in the Face

Henry, April 2000

HapydazeOnce upon a time, Clair Montrose was a mousy employee in the Oregon State License Plate Division approving vanity plates. Now this part-time sleuth has an artist boyfriend in New York City and a quirky group of friends and family that keep her happy in Portland.

But danger is never far away...Helpp!When her friend and former coworker, Lori, calls with an urgent request, Claire can't say no. Lori's son is ill, and his only hope is a bone marrow transplant from a sibling. Long ago, Lori had a baby -- a girl she gave up for adoption to a secretive agency.

Now, she needs Clair to find her long-lost daughter.DangrusScouring the city, Claire has little to go on besides common sense and her own two feet. Using her wits, charm, and savvy sleuthing skills, she begins to dig up old secrets -- secrets someone will kill to keep buried.

Now, it's not just a young boy's life hanging in the balance, but Clair's as well.

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Heart-Shaped Box

Henry, April 2001
Amateur sleuth Claire Montrose gets more than she bargained for when she attends her twenty-year high-school reunion and a secret admirer sends her a heart-shaped box marked with death, and she must uncover an elusive killer. Reprint. Read More

Buried Diamonds

April Henry 2003

From the back - When former vanity license plate inspector Claire Montrose finds a valuable diamond ring embedded in an old stone wall, she's uncovered more than lost jewelry - she's just unwittingly exposed a fifty-year-old murder. Claire's octogenarian housemate, Charlie, recognizes the ring with shock.

It belonged to Elizabeth Ellsworth, a woman who broke off her engagement fifty years earlier, then killed herself. All the "old gang" believed Elizabeth had returned the ring, so how did it get buried inside a stone wall? As half-century-old questions resurface about the incident, Claire discovers more about the terrible secrets Elizabeth kept -- and why someone wanted her dead.

But the closer she gets to the truth, the more Claire realizes that someone believes old crimes must stayburied...at all cost. "Cozy trappings...effectively contrast with chilling glimpses of Charlie's concentration camp days...(and) a vivid cast of elderly characters.

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Publication Order of Girl, Stolen Books

Girl, Stolen

Henry, April 2010

Cheyenne, a blind sixteen year-old, is kidnapped and held for ransom; she must outwit her captors to get out alive. Sixteen year-old Cheyenne Wilder is sleeping in the back of a car while her mom fills her prescription at the pharmacy. Before Cheyenne realizes what's happening, their car is being stolen--with her inside! Griffin hadn't meant to kidnap Cheyenne, all he needed to do was steal a car for the others.

But once Griffin's dad finds out that Cheyenne's father is the president of a powerful corporation, everything changes―now there's a reason to keep her. What Griffin doesn't know is that Cheyenne is not only sick with pneumonia, she is blind. How will Cheyenne survive this nightmare, and if she does, at what price?Prepare yourself for a fast-paced and hard-edged thriller full of nail-biting suspense.

This title has Common Core connections.Don't miss the sequel:Count All Her BonesMore heart-pounding thrillers from April Henry: The Girl I Used to BeThe Girl Who Was Supposed to DieThe Night She DisappearedThe Point Last Seen series:The Body in the WoodsBlood Will TellPraise for Girl, Stolen:"Be ready to be startled and inspired as the story reaches its climax.

Readers will race to the end.” ―The Strand Magazine“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“Henry (Torched) 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“Readers will be hard-pressed to put this one down before its heart-pounding conclusion.” ―School Library Journal“Spine-tingling…Reminiscent of Gail Giles' thrillers and tension-filled to the last sentence, Girl, Stolen will resonate with readers long after the cover is closed.

With a thoughtful and eye-opening look at disabilities, it highlights Cheyenne and Griffin's resourcefulness and resiliency as they save themselves--and possibly each other.” ―BookPage“Thoroughly exciting.” ―Booklist“Grabs your attention with the first page you read.

. . . Each page holds new questions that are answered in the most unexpected ways.” ―VOYA, 5Q review

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Count All Her Bones

Henry, April 2017

April Henry masterminds another edge-of-your-seat thriller in this much-anticipated sequel to Girl, Stolen.Six months ago, Griffin Sawyer meant to steal a car, but he never meant to steal the girl asleep in the backseat. Panicked, he took her home. His father, Roy, decided to hold Cheyenne―who is blind―for ransom.

Griffin helped her escape, and now Roy is awaiting trial. As they prepare to testify, Griffin and Cheyenne reconnect and make plans to meet. But the plan goes wrong and Cheyenne gets captured by Roy’s henchmen―this time for the kill. Can Cheyenne free herself? And is Griffin a pawn or a player in this deadly chase?April Henry masterminds another edge-of-your-seat thriller in Count All Her Bones.

This title has Common Core connections. A Christy Ottaviano Book

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Publication Order of Point Last Seen Books

The Body in the Woods

Henry, April 2014

Alexis, Nick, and Ruby have very different backgrounds: Alexis has spent her life covering for her mom's mental illness, Nick's bravado hides his fear of not being good enough, and Ruby just wants to pursue her eccentric interests in a world that doesn't understand her.

When the three teens join Portland County Sheriff's Search and Rescue, they are teamed up to search for a autistic man lost in the woods. What they find instead is a dead body. In a friendship that will be forged in danger, fear and courage, the three team up to find the girl's killer―before he can strike one of their own.

This first book in April Henry's Point Last Seen YA mystery series, The Body in the Woods is full of riveting suspense, putting readers right in the middle of harrowing rescues and crime scene investigations.This title has Common Core connections.

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Blood Will Tell

Henry, April 2015

When a woman's body is found in a Portland park, suspicion falls on an awkward kid who lives only a few blocks away, a teen who collects knives, loves first-person shooter video games, and obsessively doodles violent scenes in his school notebooks. Nick Walker goes from being a member of Portland's Search and Rescue team to the prime suspect in a murder, his very interest in SAR seen as proof of his fascination with violence.

How is this even possible? And can Alexis and Ruby find a way to help clear Nick's name before it's too late?April Henry weaves another page-turning, high stakes mystery in Blood Will Tell, Book 2 of the Point Last Seen series.This title has Common Core connections.

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Publication Order of Triple Threat Books

Face of Betrayal

Wiehl, Lis W. 2008
Television reporter Cassidy Shaw, federal prosecutor Allison Pierce, and FBI agent Nicole Hedges team up to investigate after seventeen-year-old Senate page Katie Converse disappears. Read More

Hand of Fate

Lis Wiehl 2010

When the host of a popular radio talk show is murdered, the suspects almost outnumber his millions of listeners.Outspoken radio talk show host Jim Fate dies tragically when poisonous gas fills the studio while his polarizing show, “The Hand of Fate,” is on air.

The triple threat of FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedges, crime reporter Cassidy Shaw, and Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce must piece together the madness, motive, and mystery of what just happened. And this time, it’s personal since one of the women was secretly dating the host and has access to his home .

. . as well as possible evidence.In the days following Fate’s murder, these three friends confront a betrayal within the team while unearthing the not-so-public life of Jim Fate. Together, they must uncover the stunning truths behind this cold-blooded murder.

“Who killed loudmouth radio guy Jim Fate? The game is afoot! Hand of Fate is a fun thriller, taking you inside the media world and the justice system—scary places to be!” —Bill O’Reilly, FOX News Anchor, Host of The O’Reilly Factor “Pulse-pounding.

Major twists. Delivers big!” —Pam Veasey, Writer and Executive Producer of CSI: NY

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Heart of Ice

Wiehl, Lis 2011

Elizabeth Avery could easily be the girl next door. But what she has planned will make your blood run cold.At first glance, the crimes appear random. Arson. Theft. Fraud. Murder. But these are more than random crimes. They’re moves in an increasingly deadly game.

And the one element they have in common: a woman who is gorgeous, clever . . . and lethal.Elizabeth Avery has a winsome smile and flawless figure, but underneath is a heart of ice. She’s a master manipulator, convincing strangers to do the unthinkable.

And she orchestrates it all without getting too close. Until now.When Elizabeth ruthlessly disposes of an inquisitive young reporter, her crime catches the attention of Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce, FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedges, and crime reporter Cassidy Shaw.

They know they’re dealing with a cold-blooded murderer who could strike at any time. What they don’t know is that they’re already on a first-name basis with the killer.And one of them may be next on her list.

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Eyes of Justice

Wiehl, Lis 2012

When One of the Triple Threat Is Murdered, All Eyes Turn to Justice.Cassidy, Allison, and Nicole fight for justice everyday—Cassidy as a crime reporter, Nicole as an FBI agent, and Allison as a federal prosecutor. Together they’re a Triple Threat to be reckoned with.

A force that, together, has solved the toughest mysteries.Until a ruthless killer finds a way to isolate and murder one of the three.When the authorities keep the survivors at arm’s length in the investigation, the women’s desire for justice goes into overdrive.

They find an unexpected ally in a quirky private investigator named Ophelia whose unorthodox methods seem to offer a possible breakthrough in the case.Yet just as the police appear to have the killer in custody and justice within sight, the murderer strikes again.

Not knowing whom to trust, the team must engage in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse where nothing can be taken at face value . . . and nothing will ever be the same.A riveting Triple Threat mystery that will leave readers shocked and satisfied.“[S]hocking, fast-paced .

. . For those seeking gal pal tales reminiscent of Tess Gerritsen’s Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles, the Triple Threat adventures are a sure bet.” —Publishers Weekly

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Learning to Fly

Henry, April 2002

Nineteen-year-old Free Meeker has a shaved head, a nose ring, and a tattoo of Chinese characters around her biceps. She has a career, if you can call it that, as a pet groomer. And she has just learned that she is pregnant, and that her boyfriend is a two-timing bastard.

Then a disastrous highway pile-up erroneously adds her name to its list of victims - and hands Free a chance for a new life. In the chaos of the fiery accident, she acquired the identity papers of the hitchhiker who is mistaken for her - plus a gym bag filled with $740,000 in drug money that otherwise would have been burned up.

Go, Free, go! Free sets out to transform herself into Lydia, the sweet-faced girl whose identity she has assumed. Raised by aging hippies, Free has always secretly longed to be more "normal," to try shaving her underarms instead of her head. Now she has a chance to make herself over.

But Free doesn't know that two men are hot on her trail. One man wants the money back. If he doesn't get it soon, he knows he will end up dead. The other man wants his wife back. He doesn't know the real Lydia died in the accident, on the run from his pathological abuse.

Now he is determined to "teach her a lesson" - even if the lesson is fatal. As Free/Lydia settles into a new life full of possibilities, she is completely unaware that it is threatened by resourceful pursuers who are closing in on her.

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Shock Point

Henry, April 2006

Cassie discovers that her stepfather, Rick, a teen psychiatrist, has been illegally prescribing a new behavioral drug to his patients?and three teens have died. Before she can report him, Rick commits Cassie to Peaceful Cove, a boot camp for troubled teens in Mexico.

Cassie knows she has to get out now, before more teens die. But no one has ever escaped from Peaceful Cove alive?and even if Cassie gets over the walls and survives the Mexican desert, will anyone believe her story?

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Torched

Henry, April 2009

When Ellie?s parents are busted for possession of marijuana, the FBI gives her a choice: infiltrate the Mother Earth Defenders (MED), a radical environmental group, or her parents will go to jail. At first Ellie is more than willing to entrap the MEDics, but the more time she spends undercover?particularly with Coyote, the green-eyed MEDic that she can?t stop thinking about?the more she starts to believe in their cause.

When talk turns to murder, Coyote backs out, but Ellie is willing to risk everything to save her family?even if it means losing Coyote and putting her own life on the line. April Henry, author of the acclaimed YA thriller Shock Point, pulls an issue straight from the headlines as she deftly explores what happens when good intentions get out of hand.

With the environment a hot topic, this blend of explosive action and romance will make Torched a must-read for all suspense lovers.

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The Night She Disappeared

Henry, April 2012

Gabie drives a Mini Cooper. She also works part-time as a delivery girl at Pete's Pizza. One night, Kayla―another delivery girl―goes missing. To her horror, Gabie learns that the supposed kidnapper had asked if the girl in the Mini Cooper was working.

Gabie can't move beyond the fact that Kayla's fate was really meant for her. She becomes obsessed with finding Kayla and teams up with Drew, who also works at Pete's. Together they set out to prove that Kayla isn't dead―and hopefully to find her before she is―in The Night She Disappeared by April Henry.

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The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

Henry, April 2013

"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.This title has Common Core connections.

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The Girl I Used to Be

Henry, April 2016

Winner of the Anthony Award for Best Young Adult Mystery NovelThe Girl I Used to Be is another thrilling murder-mystery that'll have you on the edge of your seat from the New York Times-bestselling author April Henry, the author of the Point Last Seen series, Girl, Stolen, and The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die.

Olivia was only three years old when her mother was killed and everyone suspected her father of murder. But his whereabouts remained a mystery. Fast forward fourteen years. New evidence now proves Olivia's father was actually murdered on the same fateful day her mother died.

That means there's a killer still at large. Now Olivia is determined to uncover who that might be. But can she do that before the killer tracks her down first? This title has Common Core connections."Henry has done it again with another edge-of-your-seat mystery/thriller.

Recommended for middle school and high school mystery/thriller/suspense collections and for April Henry fans." ―VOYA, starred review

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The Lonely Dead

Henry, April 2019

A killer is on the loose, and only one girl has the power to find him. But in this genre-bending YA thriller, she must first manage to avoid becoming a target herself.For Adele, the dead aren’t really dead. She can see them and even talk to them. But she’s spent years denying her gift.

When she encounters her ex-best friend Tori in the woods and then realizes that Tori is actually dead in a shallow grave―that gift turns into a curse. Without an alibi, Adele becomes the prime suspect in Tori’s murder. She must work with Tori’s ghost to find the real killer.

But what if the killer finds Adele first? In The Lonely Dead, master mystery writer April Henry adds a chilling paranormal twist to this incredibly suspenseful young adult novel. Christy Ottaviano Books

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Run, Hide, Fight Back

Henry, April 2019

Six teens must band together to survive after a shooting breaks out in this high-stakes thriller by New York Times-bestselling author April Henry.When a deadly shooting breaks out in a Portland shopping mall, a diverse group of teens ends up trapped behind a store’s security shutter.

To her own surprise, seventeen-year-old Miranda finds the others looking to her as their leader. But she’s hiding a big secret―and she’s not the only one. The group has only three choices: Run, hide, or fight back. The wrong decision will have fatal consequences.

In her masterful style, April Henry crafts an unrelenting thriller with empowering teen heroes. For fans of the breakout YA mysteries This Is Where It Ends and One of Us Is Lying.Christy Ottaviano Books

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The Girl in the White Van

Henry, April 2020

A teen is snatched outside her kung fu class and must figure out how to escape―and rescue another kidnapped victim―in The Girl in the White Van, a chilling YA mystery by New York Times bestselling author April Henry.When Savannah disappears soon after arguing with her mom’s boyfriend, everyone assumes she's run away.

The truth is much worse. She’s been kidnapped by a man in a white van who locks her in an old trailer home, far from prying eyes. And worse yet, Savannah’s not alone: ten months earlier, Jenny met the same fate and nearly died trying to escape. Now as the two girls wonder if he will hold them captive forever or kill them, they must join forces to break out―even if it means they die trying.

Christy Ottaviano Books

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Playing with Fire

Henry, April 2021

When a fire cuts off a popular trail in the Oregon forest, a small group trapped by the flames must find another way out―or die―in Playing with Fire, an unrelenting teen-vs-nature YA thriller by New York Times bestselling author April Henry.Natalia is not the kind of girl who takes risks.

Six years ago, she barely survived the house fire that killed her baby brother. Now she is cautious and always plays it safe. For months, her co-worker Wyatt has begged her to come hiking with him, and Natalia finally agrees. But when a wildfire breaks out, blocking the trail back, a perfect sunny day quickly morphs into a nightmare.

With no cell service, few supplies, and no clear way out of the burning forest, a group of strangers will have to become allies if they’re going to survive. Hiking in the dark, they must deal with injuries, wild animals and even a criminal on the lam―before the fire catches them.

Christy Ottaviano Books

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The Eyes of the Forest

Henry, April 2021

After a bestselling fantasy writer disappears, only his biggest fan believes he’s in danger. Instead of re-reading his books, she must venture into the real world to uncover the truth in this fast-paced mystery by New York Times-bestselling author April Henry.

For readers of Courtney Summers and Karen McManus.Bridget is RM Haldon's biggest fan. She and her mom sought refuge in Haldron's epic fantasy series Swords and Shadows while her mom was losing her battle with cancer. When Bridget met Haldon at one of his rare book signings, she impressed the author with her encyclopedic knowledge of the fantasy world he'd created.

Bridget has been working for him ever since as he attempts to write the final book in his blockbuster sword and sorcery series. But Haldon has gone missing, and Bridget is the only person who seems concerned. Can Bridget piece together Haldon’s cryptic clues and save him before it’s too late?Master mystery-writer April Henry weaves another heart-stopping young adult thriller in this story that seamlessly blends suspense with an exploration of fan culture.

Christy Ottaviano Books

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