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The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone

by Felicity McLean

Book Club Recommendations Crime / Mystery Debut Books of the Month Debuts Family Drama Star Books Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone

A scorching, provocative, heady hit of a read, that also feels refreshingly unique. The setting is Australia, three girls disappear and years later Tikka looks back at what happened and how the events have affected her life. Felicity McLean sets two time frames in motion, but the story doesn’t flow in a straight line, words meander, get caught in an eddy before rushing onwards again. It took me a few pages to settle into the writing, and that is just because it is so wonderfully and distinctively different. Tikka’s voice is compelling, her childhood evokes bright vivid colour and touchable vibrant feelings which all spill from the page. She didn’t just visit my thoughts, but set up home too. As I read, punches of realisation landed with precision, opening my eyes, making me consider. The Van Apfel Girls are Gone really is the most special debut, it is dark, atmospheric and tragic, yet bright, engaging and satisfying too. Also chosen as a LoveReading Star Book and Liz Pick of the Month, this Debut of the Month is one that I can highly recommend.

Liz Robinson

The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone Synopsis

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.

Tikka Molloy was eleven and one-sixth years old during the summer of 1992. That summer, the hottest on record, the Van Apfel sisters – Hannah, the beautiful Cordelia and Ruth – mysteriously disappeared.  Did they run away? Or were they taken?  The mystery of their disappearance has never been solved.

Now, years later, Tikka has returned home and is beginning to piece together what really happened. The summer that shaped her.  The girls she couldn’t forget.

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The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone Press Reviews

'One part mystery, one million parts amazing.' Cosmopolitan

'A coming-of-age drama as much as a crime story…haunting, atmospheric and genuinely mysterious.' Guardian

‘An entrancing, melancholy debut... Mesmerising.’ Daily Mail

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ISBN: 9781786077868
Publication date: 04/06/2020
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781786076076
Publication date: 06/06/2019
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781786077868
Publication date: 4th June 2020
Author: Felicity McLean
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Genres: Book Club Recommendations, Crime / Mystery, Debuts of the Month, Debuts, Family Drama, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Star Books, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Thriller / suspense, Crime & mystery,

About Felicity McLean

Felicity McLean is an author and journalist. Her debut novel, The Van Apfel Girls are Gone, has been published in more than half a dozen territories. It was a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick in the US, and was shortlisted for the Indie Book Awards, and longlisted for the UK’s Dagger Awards, and the Davitt. Instagram: @felicity_mclean_author

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