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The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone

Audiobook
Fiction: Mystery
Unabridged   8 hour(s)
Publication date: 06/25/2019

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The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684571741
Digital Download ISBN:9781684571758

Summary

Part mystery, part darkly comic coming-of-age story, The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone is a stunning debut—with a dark, shimmering absence at its heart.

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Product Description

"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 Malloy was eleven and one-sixth years old during the long hot summer of 1992, living in an Australian suburb with her sister and their three best friends. The TV news in the background chattered with debate about the exoneration of Lindy ("dingo took my baby") Chamberlain. That summer was when the Van Apfel sisters, Ruth, Hannah, and the beautiful Cordelia, mysteriously disappeared. Did they just run—far away from their harsh, evangelical parents—or were they taken? While the search for the girls united the small community, the mystery of their disappearance was never solved, and Tikka and her older sister, Laura, have been haunted ever since by the loss of their friends and playmates.

Now, years later, Tikka has returned home to try to make sense of that strange moment in time, of the summer that left her frozen in the past, of the girls that she never forgot.

Part mystery, part darkly comic coming-of-age story, The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone is a stunning debut—with a dark, shimmering absence at its heart.

Reviews/Praise

"McLean peels back the layers of one scorching Australian summer, revealing the dark secrets and lies hidden behind the cheerful facade of suburbia. This debut, part coming-of-age story and part crime thriller, is both forceful and unnerving." —Publishers Weekly

"The story is a compelling one, with a nice layer of suspense that keeps the pages turning until its hauntingly melancholy end." —Booklist

"A wry, sad coming-of-age story and a well-crafted first novel." —Kirkus Reviews

"Containing summer friendships, whispered secrets, and a dark, hidden truth, Felicity McLean's The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone is poignant and jarring . . . a blazingly well-written, impressive, and deeply satisfying thriller." —Foreword Reviews Starred Review

"An intriguing, charge-ahead work with real pathos at its center." —Library Journal

Author Bio

Felicity McLean is an author and journalist. Her writing has appeared in the Good Weekend, the Daily Telegraph, the Big Issue, and elsewhere. She lives in Australia. The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone is her first novel.