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Epub ↠ The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone 304 pages Download í [EPUB] ✷ The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone Author Felicity McLean – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk Part mystery part coming of age story The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone is set in a distant suburb on the encroaching bushland over the long hot summer of 1992 It's the sLet them slip away like the words of some half remembered song and when one came back she wasn't the one we were trying to recall to begin with'Tikka Molloy was eleven and one sixth years old during the long hot summer of 1992 the summer the Van Apfel sisters disappeared Hannah beautiful Cordelia and Ruth vanished during the night of the school's Showstopper concert at the EXCERPT The ghost turned up in time for breakfast summoned by the death rattle of Cornflakes in their box She arrived on foot Bare feet Barelegged and white knuckled in a pale cotton nightie that clung to her calves and slipped off one shoulder as jaunty as a hat Her hair was damp with sleep sweat whose wasn't that summer? and stiff strands of it fenced in her thirteen year old face like blinkers strapped to a colt By the time we got there she was already halfway across the cul de sac Her unseeing eyes her stop me shuffle they'd taken her as far as that and she might have made it further too if it wasn't for the car that sat idling at a ninety degree angle to her path A right angle made from her wrongs The driver's elbow pointed accusingly out of the window and he leaned out and shouted to each neighbour as they arrived on the scene 'She came from nowhere' as if that were her crime This girl who appeared from thin air ABOUT THIS BOOK We lost all three girls that summer Let them slip away like the words of some half remembered song and when one came back she wasn't the one we were trying to recall to begin with'So begins Tikka Molloy's recount of the summer of 1992 the summer the Van Apfel sisters Hannah the beautiful Cordelia and Ruth disappearEleven and one sixth years old Tikka is the precocious narrator of this fabulously endearing coming of age story set in an eerie Australian river valley suburb with an unexplained stench The Van Apfel girls vanish from the valley during the school's 'Showstopper' concert held at the outdoor amphitheatre by the river While the search for the sisters unites the small community on Sydney's urban fringe the mystery of their disappearance remains unsolved foreverMY THOUGHTS This was a delightful fix of Australiana 'Cossies' swimsuits 'thongs' flip flops 'yabbies' kookaburras and finishing sentences with 'but' I felt uite at home although I would never call the suburbs of Sydney home The dialogue is so realistic I could hear the voices complete with accents as I read The characters are enchanting A trio of teenage girls and their two younger sisters trying to make sense of life and the largely confusing behaviour of some of the adults in their lives These are normal girls They form friendships and cliues They suabble and sulk The older three often leave the younger two out of their plans and secrets Tikka not her real name and we never find out what that is or how she earns the nickname Tikka is stuck in no man's land older than 8 year old Ruth but not yet a teenager like Hannah Cordie and Laura It is Tikka who narrates the story so we only get to know what she knows andor suspects It is Cordie the sleepwalker who shines in this group Rebellious ethereal she has an air about her a sense of living beyond her years We learn of the cruel and inhumane treatment of the Van Apfel girls particularly Cordie at the hands of their father a religious fanatic And her suspicions about Mr Avery Cordies new teacher But mostly it is the lead up to the fateful night the girls go missing Tikka's reaction and the ongoing effect on her and Laura's lives many years down the track when certain incidents are viewed differently with the benefit of hindsight and experience The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone is well written and enjoyable It's a slow burning mystery and an intriguing one Don't expect to get all the answers served up neatly It isn't going to happen An author to watch 🐨🐨🐨🐨#TheVanApfelGirlsAreGone #NetGalley THE AUTHOR Felicity McLean is an Australian author and journalist This is her first novel DISCLOSURE Thank you to One World Publications Point Blank via NetGalley for providing a digital ARC of The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean for review All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreadscom profile page or the about page on sandysbookadaywordpresscom This review and others are also published on Twitter Instagram and my webpage

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Amphitheatre by the river surrounded by encroaching bushlandNow years later Tikka has returned home to try and make sense of the summer that shaped her and the girls that she never forgotBlackly comic sharply observed and wonderfully endearing this is Picnic at Hanging Rock for a new generation a haunting coming of age story with a shimmering unexplained mystery at its hear The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone is well written easy to read easily devoured in an afternoon It’s slick but conventional it’s too easy to see the film adaptation playing out in your head Set mostly in 1992 there is plenty of nostalgia for Gen X Aussies sunnyboys by the pool; a slumber party complete with half arsed séance; the Azaria Chamberlain case in the news The child narrator is endearing and the author really seems to get the dynamics between adolescent preteen girls The blurb blazons some big name comparisons So is this like Picnic at Hanging Rock? Only inasmuch as it’s set in Australia and some girls go missing Is it like The Virgin Suicides? Only inasmuch as those suburban girls are three blonde sisters This novel sits in that crossover zone between commercial literary fiction along with books like Jasper Jones but without the theme of racial prejudice or The Lovely Bones but without the violence and supernatural ghosties I feel I can pretty safely say that if you lovedhated those books you will lovehate Van Apfel Girls too For me it was good Readable enjoyable but not particularly memorable

Mobi ☆ The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone ↠ Felicity McLean

The Van Apfel Girls Are GonePart mystery part coming of age story The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone is set in a distant suburb on the encroaching bushland over the long hot summer of 1992 It's the summer of the school's Showstopper concert The summer Tikka never forgot The summer the Van Apfel sisters disappeared Blackly comic sharply observed and wonderfully endearing 'We lost all three girls that summer 35 StarsThe Van Apfel girls grew up with an extremely strict religious fatherTikka Molloy can't forget the summer of 1992 It was the summer that the Van Apfel sisters disappeared all three of them The story is set in Australia in an eerie river valley suburb with an awful unexplained smell The night of the Showstopper concert by the river was the night that the Van Apfel girls disappeared They vanished without a trace This was a very sad story that kept me intrigued and kept me turning the pages This is a slow burn mystery I did love the atmosphere It did have some surprises dark secrets and It was a little disturbing I wouldn't call this one a thriller I am of a thriller fan than a mystery fan The setting takes place in Australia I did have some uestions at the end that were unansweredI loved the descriptive writing style and I did connect with the characters My heart went out to the sisters Hannah Cordelia and Ruth and I really felt sorry for Tikka This story is part mystery and a coming of age genre and would recommend this one to those that enjoy this genre I want to thank Algonuin Books for the arc of this book in exchange for an honest review