The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone

The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone

'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 recounting of the summer of 1992 - the summer the Van Apfel sisters, Hannah, the beautiful Cordelia and Ruth - disappear. Eleven and one-sixth years old, Tikka is the 'We lost all three girls that summer. Let them slip away like the words of some half-remembered song and when one ...

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Title:The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone
Author:Felicity McLean
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Genres:Mystery
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone Reviews

  • karen
    May 03, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!! They had six femurs, ninety-nine vertebrae, three skulls and thirty fingernails. Six kneecaps, forty-eight carpal bones, and more than three million strands of blonde hair, all tinged alien-green by the chlorine in their pool which, up until the day they went missing...

  • Jennifer (JC-S)
    Apr 14, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!! They had six femurs, ninety-nine vertebrae, three skulls and thirty fingernails. Six kneecaps, forty-eight carpal bones, and more than three million strands of blonde hair, all tinged alien-green by the chlorine in their pool which, up until the day they went missing...

    3.5 Stars! The Van Apfel girls grew up with an extremely strict religious father. Tikka 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 ...

    My initial impression of this book was quirky. Tikka returns home from Baltimore to the suburbs outside Sidney, Australia. The trip brings on an onslaught of memories from the year she?s 11, the year her neighborhood friends, three sisters, disappear. And what?s apparent and obvi...

    This was a different sort of mystery crossed with coming-of-age, and I loved it! ? ? ? ? Tikka Malloy?s playmates, the Van Apfel sisters, disappeared when she was eleven years old. It?s a mystery haunting her and her sister, Laura, for years. Ruth, Hannah, and Cord...

    To me, this darkly themed story had a slight literary fiction feel, and I don?t love that genre. In saying that, I was okay with it. Set in the early 1990?s, this tale of three sisters who simply go missing on the night of the school concert, leaves the reader with a lot of ponderi...

    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?s plenty of nostalgia for Gen X Aussies (sunnyboys by the pool...

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com ?Then she said the words I?d been waiting to hear: ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? Felicity McLean may have just released her first debut novel, but she is no stranger to the written word. She has carved out a caree...

    Tikka returns to Australia, from her new life in Baltimore, as her sister, Laura, has cancer. Returning home triggers all sorts of memories and, for Tikka, it throws her back twenty years, to when she was eleven and Laura was fourteen. Their neighbours were the Van Apfel girls ? Hann...

    This book is so rich and lush in atmosphere. I could feel the heat wave of this Australian summer as the hot sun kissed my skin. I could hear the birds chirping and the insects buzzing and I almost felt as if I was walking hand in hand with Tikka as she told me the story about the Van ...

    The title of this debut novel could not be more descriptive of the story if it tried. But far from being a work of crime fiction or an edge of your seat thriller, this is more of psychological look at those left behind. In this case, we experience the incident through Tikka who twenty ...

    *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com *www.facebook.com/onewomansbbr The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean. (2019). Tikka was 11 years old in 1992 when the three Van Apfel sisters disappeared during the school's concert. Years later Tikka has returned home and is trying to m...

    3.5 stars "We lost all three girls that summer. Let them slip away like the words of some half-remembered song." * In the summer of 1992, a quiet suburb in Australia is stunned when the three Van Apfel sisters - Hannah, Cordelia, and Ruth - disappear.  Suddenly the news is no lo...

    The VanApfel Girls disappeared in 1992. All 3 of them. Hannah, Ruth and Cordelia. Gone. No Trace. Never found. Tikka remembers when the girls disappeared. The mystery pulled the small Australian community together....but over time dark secrets are revealed. This story develops slow...

    Sometimes it's the subtle thrillers that hit you the hardest, and that indeed was the case with The Van Apfel Girls are Gone. At its heart, this is a complex, multi-layered psychological family drama set in the humid heat of Sydney, Australia circa 1992 and it simply oozes tension and ...

    More words than there was solid story. Too many questions left unanswered. (view spoiler)[ Whatever did happen to the girls? Why did Mr Avery hang himself? Why didn?t the author reveal his past? Who got Cordie pregnant? What happened to Lor? (hide spoiler)] ...

    This feels like a mash-up of books and tropes that have all been done before, and better: the edgy adolescence of girls (Megan Abbott), the unsolved mysterious disappearance of Australian girls (Picnic at Hanging Rock), the violent Christian fundamentalist father and subservient wife, ...

     loved this. Beautifully atmospheric, a snapshot in time that is utterly gripping, The Van Apfel Girls are Gone is a tense and character driven psychological thriller in the classic sense of the word. Our narrator Tikka guides us, first through a child?s eyes then through the filt...

    I can?t put my finger on the why of it, but this book took me forever to finish. The more I read, the more I appreciated the skill with which the author crafted the childhood summer slowly rolling along and the intricacies of the relationships between the girls, who were neighbors an...

    I requested this book belatedly after seeing it pop up in a few places. It's got one of those interesting titles and alluring covers and, though I didn't entirely know what I was going to be reading, the notion of disappearing girls seemed to be something that sat firmly in my reading ...

    ?We saw more of those girls after they disappeared than we ever did before.? In the summer of 1992, when Tikka Malloy was ?eleven and one-sixth old?, her three best friends ? the three Van Apfel sisters? disappeared. Two families, living in the suburbs. Mr and Mrs Van Ap...

  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    May 02, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!! They had six femurs, ninety-nine vertebrae, three skulls and thirty fingernails. Six kneecaps, forty-eight carpal bones, and more than three million strands of blonde hair, all tinged alien-green by the chlorine in their pool which, up until the day they went missing...

    3.5 Stars! The Van Apfel girls grew up with an extremely strict religious father. Tikka 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 ...

    My initial impression of this book was quirky. Tikka returns home from Baltimore to the suburbs outside Sidney, Australia. The trip brings on an onslaught of memories from the year she?s 11, the year her neighborhood friends, three sisters, disappear. And what?s apparent and obvi...

    This was a different sort of mystery crossed with coming-of-age, and I loved it! ? ? ? ? Tikka Malloy?s playmates, the Van Apfel sisters, disappeared when she was eleven years old. It?s a mystery haunting her and her sister, Laura, for years. Ruth, Hannah, and Cord...

    To me, this darkly themed story had a slight literary fiction feel, and I don?t love that genre. In saying that, I was okay with it. Set in the early 1990?s, this tale of three sisters who simply go missing on the night of the school concert, leaves the reader with a lot of ponderi...

    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?s plenty of nostalgia for Gen X Aussies (sunnyboys by the pool...

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com ?Then she said the words I?d been waiting to hear: ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? Felicity McLean may have just released her first debut novel, but she is no stranger to the written word. She has carved out a caree...

    Tikka returns to Australia, from her new life in Baltimore, as her sister, Laura, has cancer. Returning home triggers all sorts of memories and, for Tikka, it throws her back twenty years, to when she was eleven and Laura was fourteen. Their neighbours were the Van Apfel girls ? Hann...

    This book is so rich and lush in atmosphere. I could feel the heat wave of this Australian summer as the hot sun kissed my skin. I could hear the birds chirping and the insects buzzing and I almost felt as if I was walking hand in hand with Tikka as she told me the story about the Van ...

    The title of this debut novel could not be more descriptive of the story if it tried. But far from being a work of crime fiction or an edge of your seat thriller, this is more of psychological look at those left behind. In this case, we experience the incident through Tikka who twenty ...

    *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com *www.facebook.com/onewomansbbr The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean. (2019). Tikka was 11 years old in 1992 when the three Van Apfel sisters disappeared during the school's concert. Years later Tikka has returned home and is trying to m...

    3.5 stars "We lost all three girls that summer. Let them slip away like the words of some half-remembered song." * In the summer of 1992, a quiet suburb in Australia is stunned when the three Van Apfel sisters - Hannah, Cordelia, and Ruth - disappear.  Suddenly the news is no lo...

    The VanApfel Girls disappeared in 1992. All 3 of them. Hannah, Ruth and Cordelia. Gone. No Trace. Never found. Tikka remembers when the girls disappeared. The mystery pulled the small Australian community together....but over time dark secrets are revealed. This story develops slow...

    Sometimes it's the subtle thrillers that hit you the hardest, and that indeed was the case with The Van Apfel Girls are Gone. At its heart, this is a complex, multi-layered psychological family drama set in the humid heat of Sydney, Australia circa 1992 and it simply oozes tension and ...

    More words than there was solid story. Too many questions left unanswered. (view spoiler)[ Whatever did happen to the girls? Why did Mr Avery hang himself? Why didn?t the author reveal his past? Who got Cordie pregnant? What happened to Lor? (hide spoiler)] ...

    This feels like a mash-up of books and tropes that have all been done before, and better: the edgy adolescence of girls (Megan Abbott), the unsolved mysterious disappearance of Australian girls (Picnic at Hanging Rock), the violent Christian fundamentalist father and subservient wife, ...

     loved this. Beautifully atmospheric, a snapshot in time that is utterly gripping, The Van Apfel Girls are Gone is a tense and character driven psychological thriller in the classic sense of the word. Our narrator Tikka guides us, first through a child?s eyes then through the filt...

    I can?t put my finger on the why of it, but this book took me forever to finish. The more I read, the more I appreciated the skill with which the author crafted the childhood summer slowly rolling along and the intricacies of the relationships between the girls, who were neighbors an...

    I requested this book belatedly after seeing it pop up in a few places. It's got one of those interesting titles and alluring covers and, though I didn't entirely know what I was going to be reading, the notion of disappearing girls seemed to be something that sat firmly in my reading ...

    ?We saw more of those girls after they disappeared than we ever did before.? In the summer of 1992, when Tikka Malloy was ?eleven and one-sixth old?, her three best friends ? the three Van Apfel sisters? disappeared. Two families, living in the suburbs. Mr and Mrs Van Ap...

    ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? In the summer of 1992, sisters Hannah, Cordelia, and Laura Van Apfel vanished from an outdoor school concert. Twenty years later, Tikka Molloy still imagines she might see the Van Apfel girls again, and when she returns to her fa...

  • Arlene
    Feb 01, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!! They had six femurs, ninety-nine vertebrae, three skulls and thirty fingernails. Six kneecaps, forty-eight carpal bones, and more than three million strands of blonde hair, all tinged alien-green by the chlorine in their pool which, up until the day they went missing...

    3.5 Stars! The Van Apfel girls grew up with an extremely strict religious father. Tikka 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 ...

    My initial impression of this book was quirky. Tikka returns home from Baltimore to the suburbs outside Sidney, Australia. The trip brings on an onslaught of memories from the year she?s 11, the year her neighborhood friends, three sisters, disappear. And what?s apparent and obvi...

    This was a different sort of mystery crossed with coming-of-age, and I loved it! ? ? ? ? Tikka Malloy?s playmates, the Van Apfel sisters, disappeared when she was eleven years old. It?s a mystery haunting her and her sister, Laura, for years. Ruth, Hannah, and Cord...

    To me, this darkly themed story had a slight literary fiction feel, and I don?t love that genre. In saying that, I was okay with it. Set in the early 1990?s, this tale of three sisters who simply go missing on the night of the school concert, leaves the reader with a lot of ponderi...

    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?s plenty of nostalgia for Gen X Aussies (sunnyboys by the pool...

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com ?Then she said the words I?d been waiting to hear: ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? Felicity McLean may have just released her first debut novel, but she is no stranger to the written word. She has carved out a caree...

    Tikka returns to Australia, from her new life in Baltimore, as her sister, Laura, has cancer. Returning home triggers all sorts of memories and, for Tikka, it throws her back twenty years, to when she was eleven and Laura was fourteen. Their neighbours were the Van Apfel girls ? Hann...

    This book is so rich and lush in atmosphere. I could feel the heat wave of this Australian summer as the hot sun kissed my skin. I could hear the birds chirping and the insects buzzing and I almost felt as if I was walking hand in hand with Tikka as she told me the story about the Van ...

    The title of this debut novel could not be more descriptive of the story if it tried. But far from being a work of crime fiction or an edge of your seat thriller, this is more of psychological look at those left behind. In this case, we experience the incident through Tikka who twenty ...

    *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com *www.facebook.com/onewomansbbr The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean. (2019). Tikka was 11 years old in 1992 when the three Van Apfel sisters disappeared during the school's concert. Years later Tikka has returned home and is trying to m...

    3.5 stars "We lost all three girls that summer. Let them slip away like the words of some half-remembered song." * In the summer of 1992, a quiet suburb in Australia is stunned when the three Van Apfel sisters - Hannah, Cordelia, and Ruth - disappear.  Suddenly the news is no lo...

    The VanApfel Girls disappeared in 1992. All 3 of them. Hannah, Ruth and Cordelia. Gone. No Trace. Never found. Tikka remembers when the girls disappeared. The mystery pulled the small Australian community together....but over time dark secrets are revealed. This story develops slow...

    Sometimes it's the subtle thrillers that hit you the hardest, and that indeed was the case with The Van Apfel Girls are Gone. At its heart, this is a complex, multi-layered psychological family drama set in the humid heat of Sydney, Australia circa 1992 and it simply oozes tension and ...

    More words than there was solid story. Too many questions left unanswered. (view spoiler)[ Whatever did happen to the girls? Why did Mr Avery hang himself? Why didn?t the author reveal his past? Who got Cordie pregnant? What happened to Lor? (hide spoiler)] ...

  • John Purcell
    Mar 07, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!! They had six femurs, ninety-nine vertebrae, three skulls and thirty fingernails. Six kneecaps, forty-eight carpal bones, and more than three million strands of blonde hair, all tinged alien-green by the chlorine in their pool which, up until the day they went missing...

    3.5 Stars! The Van Apfel girls grew up with an extremely strict religious father. Tikka 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 ...

    My initial impression of this book was quirky. Tikka returns home from Baltimore to the suburbs outside Sidney, Australia. The trip brings on an onslaught of memories from the year she?s 11, the year her neighborhood friends, three sisters, disappear. And what?s apparent and obvi...

    This was a different sort of mystery crossed with coming-of-age, and I loved it! ? ? ? ? Tikka Malloy?s playmates, the Van Apfel sisters, disappeared when she was eleven years old. It?s a mystery haunting her and her sister, Laura, for years. Ruth, Hannah, and Cord...

    To me, this darkly themed story had a slight literary fiction feel, and I don?t love that genre. In saying that, I was okay with it. Set in the early 1990?s, this tale of three sisters who simply go missing on the night of the school concert, leaves the reader with a lot of ponderi...

    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?s plenty of nostalgia for Gen X Aussies (sunnyboys by the pool...

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com ?Then she said the words I?d been waiting to hear: ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? Felicity McLean may have just released her first debut novel, but she is no stranger to the written word. She has carved out a caree...

    Tikka returns to Australia, from her new life in Baltimore, as her sister, Laura, has cancer. Returning home triggers all sorts of memories and, for Tikka, it throws her back twenty years, to when she was eleven and Laura was fourteen. Their neighbours were the Van Apfel girls ? Hann...

    This book is so rich and lush in atmosphere. I could feel the heat wave of this Australian summer as the hot sun kissed my skin. I could hear the birds chirping and the insects buzzing and I almost felt as if I was walking hand in hand with Tikka as she told me the story about the Van ...

    The title of this debut novel could not be more descriptive of the story if it tried. But far from being a work of crime fiction or an edge of your seat thriller, this is more of psychological look at those left behind. In this case, we experience the incident through Tikka who twenty ...

    *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com *www.facebook.com/onewomansbbr The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean. (2019). Tikka was 11 years old in 1992 when the three Van Apfel sisters disappeared during the school's concert. Years later Tikka has returned home and is trying to m...

    3.5 stars "We lost all three girls that summer. Let them slip away like the words of some half-remembered song." * In the summer of 1992, a quiet suburb in Australia is stunned when the three Van Apfel sisters - Hannah, Cordelia, and Ruth - disappear.  Suddenly the news is no lo...

    The VanApfel Girls disappeared in 1992. All 3 of them. Hannah, Ruth and Cordelia. Gone. No Trace. Never found. Tikka remembers when the girls disappeared. The mystery pulled the small Australian community together....but over time dark secrets are revealed. This story develops slow...

    Sometimes it's the subtle thrillers that hit you the hardest, and that indeed was the case with The Van Apfel Girls are Gone. At its heart, this is a complex, multi-layered psychological family drama set in the humid heat of Sydney, Australia circa 1992 and it simply oozes tension and ...

    More words than there was solid story. Too many questions left unanswered. (view spoiler)[ Whatever did happen to the girls? Why did Mr Avery hang himself? Why didn?t the author reveal his past? Who got Cordie pregnant? What happened to Lor? (hide spoiler)] ...

    This feels like a mash-up of books and tropes that have all been done before, and better: the edgy adolescence of girls (Megan Abbott), the unsolved mysterious disappearance of Australian girls (Picnic at Hanging Rock), the violent Christian fundamentalist father and subservient wife, ...

     loved this. Beautifully atmospheric, a snapshot in time that is utterly gripping, The Van Apfel Girls are Gone is a tense and character driven psychological thriller in the classic sense of the word. Our narrator Tikka guides us, first through a child?s eyes then through the filt...

    I can?t put my finger on the why of it, but this book took me forever to finish. The more I read, the more I appreciated the skill with which the author crafted the childhood summer slowly rolling along and the intricacies of the relationships between the girls, who were neighbors an...

    I requested this book belatedly after seeing it pop up in a few places. It's got one of those interesting titles and alluring covers and, though I didn't entirely know what I was going to be reading, the notion of disappearing girls seemed to be something that sat firmly in my reading ...

    ?We saw more of those girls after they disappeared than we ever did before.? In the summer of 1992, when Tikka Malloy was ?eleven and one-sixth old?, her three best friends ? the three Van Apfel sisters? disappeared. Two families, living in the suburbs. Mr and Mrs Van Ap...

    ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? In the summer of 1992, sisters Hannah, Cordelia, and Laura Van Apfel vanished from an outdoor school concert. Twenty years later, Tikka Molloy still imagines she might see the Van Apfel girls again, and when she returns to her fa...

    4.5 stars The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean dazzled me with lyrical prose, a strong sense of setting, and a whimsical feel. Thanks to Random Things Tours for letting me participate in this blog tour, and for giving me the book for review consideration. As always, no...

    3.5 stars Tikka Molloy returns home to her rural Australia home from Baltimore when her sister is diagnosed with a severe medical problem. The town is still hot but the river valley doesn't seem to have the same bad smell as when she was a child. The author does a wonderful job pain...

    There are many books about hot, exasperated childhood summers in the suburbs or far-flung country towns where the days seem never ending and something sinister lurks just out of sight. And they are more often than not written by our most eminent authors - Melina Marchetta, Trent Dalton...

    WOW! Just wow! This was easily one of the best psychological thrillers I have read all year! It?s hard to believe that this is the author?s first foray into the mystery genre. Tikka, who has been haunted by the disappearance of three childhood friends and neighbours, the ?Van ...

    4.5 stars. We have all read countless books about missing girls, but this felt different. It wasn't your standard mystery - so some readers may be disappointed if going into it with thriller expectations. It is a coming of age story; a division between childhood and adulthood; a before...

    Loved it! Brought back childhood memories of long summer days in the suburbs and had me questioning them all. ...

  • Liz
    Apr 27, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!! They had six femurs, ninety-nine vertebrae, three skulls and thirty fingernails. Six kneecaps, forty-eight carpal bones, and more than three million strands of blonde hair, all tinged alien-green by the chlorine in their pool which, up until the day they went missing...

    3.5 Stars! The Van Apfel girls grew up with an extremely strict religious father. Tikka 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 ...

    My initial impression of this book was quirky. Tikka returns home from Baltimore to the suburbs outside Sidney, Australia. The trip brings on an onslaught of memories from the year she?s 11, the year her neighborhood friends, three sisters, disappear. And what?s apparent and obvi...

  • Kelli
    Jul 08, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!! They had six femurs, ninety-nine vertebrae, three skulls and thirty fingernails. Six kneecaps, forty-eight carpal bones, and more than three million strands of blonde hair, all tinged alien-green by the chlorine in their pool which, up until the day they went missing...

    3.5 Stars! The Van Apfel girls grew up with an extremely strict religious father. Tikka 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 ...

    My initial impression of this book was quirky. Tikka returns home from Baltimore to the suburbs outside Sidney, Australia. The trip brings on an onslaught of memories from the year she?s 11, the year her neighborhood friends, three sisters, disappear. And what?s apparent and obvi...

    This was a different sort of mystery crossed with coming-of-age, and I loved it! ? ? ? ? Tikka Malloy?s playmates, the Van Apfel sisters, disappeared when she was eleven years old. It?s a mystery haunting her and her sister, Laura, for years. Ruth, Hannah, and Cord...

    To me, this darkly themed story had a slight literary fiction feel, and I don?t love that genre. In saying that, I was okay with it. Set in the early 1990?s, this tale of three sisters who simply go missing on the night of the school concert, leaves the reader with a lot of ponderi...

    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?s plenty of nostalgia for Gen X Aussies (sunnyboys by the pool...

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com ?Then she said the words I?d been waiting to hear: ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? Felicity McLean may have just released her first debut novel, but she is no stranger to the written word. She has carved out a caree...

    Tikka returns to Australia, from her new life in Baltimore, as her sister, Laura, has cancer. Returning home triggers all sorts of memories and, for Tikka, it throws her back twenty years, to when she was eleven and Laura was fourteen. Their neighbours were the Van Apfel girls ? Hann...

    This book is so rich and lush in atmosphere. I could feel the heat wave of this Australian summer as the hot sun kissed my skin. I could hear the birds chirping and the insects buzzing and I almost felt as if I was walking hand in hand with Tikka as she told me the story about the Van ...

    The title of this debut novel could not be more descriptive of the story if it tried. But far from being a work of crime fiction or an edge of your seat thriller, this is more of psychological look at those left behind. In this case, we experience the incident through Tikka who twenty ...

    *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com *www.facebook.com/onewomansbbr The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean. (2019). Tikka was 11 years old in 1992 when the three Van Apfel sisters disappeared during the school's concert. Years later Tikka has returned home and is trying to m...

    3.5 stars "We lost all three girls that summer. Let them slip away like the words of some half-remembered song." * In the summer of 1992, a quiet suburb in Australia is stunned when the three Van Apfel sisters - Hannah, Cordelia, and Ruth - disappear.  Suddenly the news is no lo...

    The VanApfel Girls disappeared in 1992. All 3 of them. Hannah, Ruth and Cordelia. Gone. No Trace. Never found. Tikka remembers when the girls disappeared. The mystery pulled the small Australian community together....but over time dark secrets are revealed. This story develops slow...

    Sometimes it's the subtle thrillers that hit you the hardest, and that indeed was the case with The Van Apfel Girls are Gone. At its heart, this is a complex, multi-layered psychological family drama set in the humid heat of Sydney, Australia circa 1992 and it simply oozes tension and ...

    More words than there was solid story. Too many questions left unanswered. (view spoiler)[ Whatever did happen to the girls? Why did Mr Avery hang himself? Why didn?t the author reveal his past? Who got Cordie pregnant? What happened to Lor? (hide spoiler)] ...

    This feels like a mash-up of books and tropes that have all been done before, and better: the edgy adolescence of girls (Megan Abbott), the unsolved mysterious disappearance of Australian girls (Picnic at Hanging Rock), the violent Christian fundamentalist father and subservient wife, ...

     loved this. Beautifully atmospheric, a snapshot in time that is utterly gripping, The Van Apfel Girls are Gone is a tense and character driven psychological thriller in the classic sense of the word. Our narrator Tikka guides us, first through a child?s eyes then through the filt...

    I can?t put my finger on the why of it, but this book took me forever to finish. The more I read, the more I appreciated the skill with which the author crafted the childhood summer slowly rolling along and the intricacies of the relationships between the girls, who were neighbors an...

  • Natasha
    May 16, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!! They had six femurs, ninety-nine vertebrae, three skulls and thirty fingernails. Six kneecaps, forty-eight carpal bones, and more than three million strands of blonde hair, all tinged alien-green by the chlorine in their pool which, up until the day they went missing...

    3.5 Stars! The Van Apfel girls grew up with an extremely strict religious father. Tikka 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 ...

    My initial impression of this book was quirky. Tikka returns home from Baltimore to the suburbs outside Sidney, Australia. The trip brings on an onslaught of memories from the year she?s 11, the year her neighborhood friends, three sisters, disappear. And what?s apparent and obvi...

    This was a different sort of mystery crossed with coming-of-age, and I loved it! ? ? ? ? Tikka Malloy?s playmates, the Van Apfel sisters, disappeared when she was eleven years old. It?s a mystery haunting her and her sister, Laura, for years. Ruth, Hannah, and Cord...

    To me, this darkly themed story had a slight literary fiction feel, and I don?t love that genre. In saying that, I was okay with it. Set in the early 1990?s, this tale of three sisters who simply go missing on the night of the school concert, leaves the reader with a lot of ponderi...

    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?s plenty of nostalgia for Gen X Aussies (sunnyboys by the pool...

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com ?Then she said the words I?d been waiting to hear: ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? Felicity McLean may have just released her first debut novel, but she is no stranger to the written word. She has carved out a caree...

    Tikka returns to Australia, from her new life in Baltimore, as her sister, Laura, has cancer. Returning home triggers all sorts of memories and, for Tikka, it throws her back twenty years, to when she was eleven and Laura was fourteen. Their neighbours were the Van Apfel girls ? Hann...

    This book is so rich and lush in atmosphere. I could feel the heat wave of this Australian summer as the hot sun kissed my skin. I could hear the birds chirping and the insects buzzing and I almost felt as if I was walking hand in hand with Tikka as she told me the story about the Van ...

    The title of this debut novel could not be more descriptive of the story if it tried. But far from being a work of crime fiction or an edge of your seat thriller, this is more of psychological look at those left behind. In this case, we experience the incident through Tikka who twenty ...

    *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com *www.facebook.com/onewomansbbr The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean. (2019). Tikka was 11 years old in 1992 when the three Van Apfel sisters disappeared during the school's concert. Years later Tikka has returned home and is trying to m...

    3.5 stars "We lost all three girls that summer. Let them slip away like the words of some half-remembered song." * In the summer of 1992, a quiet suburb in Australia is stunned when the three Van Apfel sisters - Hannah, Cordelia, and Ruth - disappear.  Suddenly the news is no lo...

    The VanApfel Girls disappeared in 1992. All 3 of them. Hannah, Ruth and Cordelia. Gone. No Trace. Never found. Tikka remembers when the girls disappeared. The mystery pulled the small Australian community together....but over time dark secrets are revealed. This story develops slow...

    Sometimes it's the subtle thrillers that hit you the hardest, and that indeed was the case with The Van Apfel Girls are Gone. At its heart, this is a complex, multi-layered psychological family drama set in the humid heat of Sydney, Australia circa 1992 and it simply oozes tension and ...

    More words than there was solid story. Too many questions left unanswered. (view spoiler)[ Whatever did happen to the girls? Why did Mr Avery hang himself? Why didn?t the author reveal his past? Who got Cordie pregnant? What happened to Lor? (hide spoiler)] ...

    This feels like a mash-up of books and tropes that have all been done before, and better: the edgy adolescence of girls (Megan Abbott), the unsolved mysterious disappearance of Australian girls (Picnic at Hanging Rock), the violent Christian fundamentalist father and subservient wife, ...

     loved this. Beautifully atmospheric, a snapshot in time that is utterly gripping, The Van Apfel Girls are Gone is a tense and character driven psychological thriller in the classic sense of the word. Our narrator Tikka guides us, first through a child?s eyes then through the filt...

    I can?t put my finger on the why of it, but this book took me forever to finish. The more I read, the more I appreciated the skill with which the author crafted the childhood summer slowly rolling along and the intricacies of the relationships between the girls, who were neighbors an...

    I requested this book belatedly after seeing it pop up in a few places. It's got one of those interesting titles and alluring covers and, though I didn't entirely know what I was going to be reading, the notion of disappearing girls seemed to be something that sat firmly in my reading ...

    ?We saw more of those girls after they disappeared than we ever did before.? In the summer of 1992, when Tikka Malloy was ?eleven and one-sixth old?, her three best friends ? the three Van Apfel sisters? disappeared. Two families, living in the suburbs. Mr and Mrs Van Ap...

    ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? In the summer of 1992, sisters Hannah, Cordelia, and Laura Van Apfel vanished from an outdoor school concert. Twenty years later, Tikka Molloy still imagines she might see the Van Apfel girls again, and when she returns to her fa...

    4.5 stars The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean dazzled me with lyrical prose, a strong sense of setting, and a whimsical feel. Thanks to Random Things Tours for letting me participate in this blog tour, and for giving me the book for review consideration. As always, no...

    3.5 stars Tikka Molloy returns home to her rural Australia home from Baltimore when her sister is diagnosed with a severe medical problem. The town is still hot but the river valley doesn't seem to have the same bad smell as when she was a child. The author does a wonderful job pain...

    There are many books about hot, exasperated childhood summers in the suburbs or far-flung country towns where the days seem never ending and something sinister lurks just out of sight. And they are more often than not written by our most eminent authors - Melina Marchetta, Trent Dalton...

    WOW! Just wow! This was easily one of the best psychological thrillers I have read all year! It?s hard to believe that this is the author?s first foray into the mystery genre. Tikka, who has been haunted by the disappearance of three childhood friends and neighbours, the ?Van ...

    4.5 stars. We have all read countless books about missing girls, but this felt different. It wasn't your standard mystery - so some readers may be disappointed if going into it with thriller expectations. It is a coming of age story; a division between childhood and adulthood; a before...

  • Michael
    Apr 02, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!! They had six femurs, ninety-nine vertebrae, three skulls and thirty fingernails. Six kneecaps, forty-eight carpal bones, and more than three million strands of blonde hair, all tinged alien-green by the chlorine in their pool which, up until the day they went missing...

    3.5 Stars! The Van Apfel girls grew up with an extremely strict religious father. Tikka 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 ...

    My initial impression of this book was quirky. Tikka returns home from Baltimore to the suburbs outside Sidney, Australia. The trip brings on an onslaught of memories from the year she?s 11, the year her neighborhood friends, three sisters, disappear. And what?s apparent and obvi...

    This was a different sort of mystery crossed with coming-of-age, and I loved it! ? ? ? ? Tikka Malloy?s playmates, the Van Apfel sisters, disappeared when she was eleven years old. It?s a mystery haunting her and her sister, Laura, for years. Ruth, Hannah, and Cord...

    To me, this darkly themed story had a slight literary fiction feel, and I don?t love that genre. In saying that, I was okay with it. Set in the early 1990?s, this tale of three sisters who simply go missing on the night of the school concert, leaves the reader with a lot of ponderi...

    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?s plenty of nostalgia for Gen X Aussies (sunnyboys by the pool...

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com ?Then she said the words I?d been waiting to hear: ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? Felicity McLean may have just released her first debut novel, but she is no stranger to the written word. She has carved out a caree...

    Tikka returns to Australia, from her new life in Baltimore, as her sister, Laura, has cancer. Returning home triggers all sorts of memories and, for Tikka, it throws her back twenty years, to when she was eleven and Laura was fourteen. Their neighbours were the Van Apfel girls ? Hann...

    This book is so rich and lush in atmosphere. I could feel the heat wave of this Australian summer as the hot sun kissed my skin. I could hear the birds chirping and the insects buzzing and I almost felt as if I was walking hand in hand with Tikka as she told me the story about the Van ...

    The title of this debut novel could not be more descriptive of the story if it tried. But far from being a work of crime fiction or an edge of your seat thriller, this is more of psychological look at those left behind. In this case, we experience the incident through Tikka who twenty ...

  • Susan Johnson
    Jun 10, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!! They had six femurs, ninety-nine vertebrae, three skulls and thirty fingernails. Six kneecaps, forty-eight carpal bones, and more than three million strands of blonde hair, all tinged alien-green by the chlorine in their pool which, up until the day they went missing...

    3.5 Stars! The Van Apfel girls grew up with an extremely strict religious father. Tikka 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 ...

    My initial impression of this book was quirky. Tikka returns home from Baltimore to the suburbs outside Sidney, Australia. The trip brings on an onslaught of memories from the year she?s 11, the year her neighborhood friends, three sisters, disappear. And what?s apparent and obvi...

    This was a different sort of mystery crossed with coming-of-age, and I loved it! ? ? ? ? Tikka Malloy?s playmates, the Van Apfel sisters, disappeared when she was eleven years old. It?s a mystery haunting her and her sister, Laura, for years. Ruth, Hannah, and Cord...

    To me, this darkly themed story had a slight literary fiction feel, and I don?t love that genre. In saying that, I was okay with it. Set in the early 1990?s, this tale of three sisters who simply go missing on the night of the school concert, leaves the reader with a lot of ponderi...

    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?s plenty of nostalgia for Gen X Aussies (sunnyboys by the pool...

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com ?Then she said the words I?d been waiting to hear: ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? Felicity McLean may have just released her first debut novel, but she is no stranger to the written word. She has carved out a caree...

    Tikka returns to Australia, from her new life in Baltimore, as her sister, Laura, has cancer. Returning home triggers all sorts of memories and, for Tikka, it throws her back twenty years, to when she was eleven and Laura was fourteen. Their neighbours were the Van Apfel girls ? Hann...

    This book is so rich and lush in atmosphere. I could feel the heat wave of this Australian summer as the hot sun kissed my skin. I could hear the birds chirping and the insects buzzing and I almost felt as if I was walking hand in hand with Tikka as she told me the story about the Van ...

    The title of this debut novel could not be more descriptive of the story if it tried. But far from being a work of crime fiction or an edge of your seat thriller, this is more of psychological look at those left behind. In this case, we experience the incident through Tikka who twenty ...

    *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com *www.facebook.com/onewomansbbr The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean. (2019). Tikka was 11 years old in 1992 when the three Van Apfel sisters disappeared during the school's concert. Years later Tikka has returned home and is trying to m...

    3.5 stars "We lost all three girls that summer. Let them slip away like the words of some half-remembered song." * In the summer of 1992, a quiet suburb in Australia is stunned when the three Van Apfel sisters - Hannah, Cordelia, and Ruth - disappear.  Suddenly the news is no lo...

    The VanApfel Girls disappeared in 1992. All 3 of them. Hannah, Ruth and Cordelia. Gone. No Trace. Never found. Tikka remembers when the girls disappeared. The mystery pulled the small Australian community together....but over time dark secrets are revealed. This story develops slow...

    Sometimes it's the subtle thrillers that hit you the hardest, and that indeed was the case with The Van Apfel Girls are Gone. At its heart, this is a complex, multi-layered psychological family drama set in the humid heat of Sydney, Australia circa 1992 and it simply oozes tension and ...

    More words than there was solid story. Too many questions left unanswered. (view spoiler)[ Whatever did happen to the girls? Why did Mr Avery hang himself? Why didn?t the author reveal his past? Who got Cordie pregnant? What happened to Lor? (hide spoiler)] ...

    This feels like a mash-up of books and tropes that have all been done before, and better: the edgy adolescence of girls (Megan Abbott), the unsolved mysterious disappearance of Australian girls (Picnic at Hanging Rock), the violent Christian fundamentalist father and subservient wife, ...

     loved this. Beautifully atmospheric, a snapshot in time that is utterly gripping, The Van Apfel Girls are Gone is a tense and character driven psychological thriller in the classic sense of the word. Our narrator Tikka guides us, first through a child?s eyes then through the filt...

    I can?t put my finger on the why of it, but this book took me forever to finish. The more I read, the more I appreciated the skill with which the author crafted the childhood summer slowly rolling along and the intricacies of the relationships between the girls, who were neighbors an...

    I requested this book belatedly after seeing it pop up in a few places. It's got one of those interesting titles and alluring covers and, though I didn't entirely know what I was going to be reading, the notion of disappearing girls seemed to be something that sat firmly in my reading ...

    ?We saw more of those girls after they disappeared than we ever did before.? In the summer of 1992, when Tikka Malloy was ?eleven and one-sixth old?, her three best friends ? the three Van Apfel sisters? disappeared. Two families, living in the suburbs. Mr and Mrs Van Ap...

    ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? In the summer of 1992, sisters Hannah, Cordelia, and Laura Van Apfel vanished from an outdoor school concert. Twenty years later, Tikka Molloy still imagines she might see the Van Apfel girls again, and when she returns to her fa...

    4.5 stars The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean dazzled me with lyrical prose, a strong sense of setting, and a whimsical feel. Thanks to Random Things Tours for letting me participate in this blog tour, and for giving me the book for review consideration. As always, no...

    3.5 stars Tikka Molloy returns home to her rural Australia home from Baltimore when her sister is diagnosed with a severe medical problem. The town is still hot but the river valley doesn't seem to have the same bad smell as when she was a child. The author does a wonderful job pain...

  • Susan
    Apr 02, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!! They had six femurs, ninety-nine vertebrae, three skulls and thirty fingernails. Six kneecaps, forty-eight carpal bones, and more than three million strands of blonde hair, all tinged alien-green by the chlorine in their pool which, up until the day they went missing...

    3.5 Stars! The Van Apfel girls grew up with an extremely strict religious father. Tikka 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 ...

    My initial impression of this book was quirky. Tikka returns home from Baltimore to the suburbs outside Sidney, Australia. The trip brings on an onslaught of memories from the year she?s 11, the year her neighborhood friends, three sisters, disappear. And what?s apparent and obvi...

    This was a different sort of mystery crossed with coming-of-age, and I loved it! ? ? ? ? Tikka Malloy?s playmates, the Van Apfel sisters, disappeared when she was eleven years old. It?s a mystery haunting her and her sister, Laura, for years. Ruth, Hannah, and Cord...

    To me, this darkly themed story had a slight literary fiction feel, and I don?t love that genre. In saying that, I was okay with it. Set in the early 1990?s, this tale of three sisters who simply go missing on the night of the school concert, leaves the reader with a lot of ponderi...

    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?s plenty of nostalgia for Gen X Aussies (sunnyboys by the pool...

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com ?Then she said the words I?d been waiting to hear: ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? Felicity McLean may have just released her first debut novel, but she is no stranger to the written word. She has carved out a caree...

    Tikka returns to Australia, from her new life in Baltimore, as her sister, Laura, has cancer. Returning home triggers all sorts of memories and, for Tikka, it throws her back twenty years, to when she was eleven and Laura was fourteen. Their neighbours were the Van Apfel girls ? Hann...

  • Joseph
    Mar 24, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!! They had six femurs, ninety-nine vertebrae, three skulls and thirty fingernails. Six kneecaps, forty-eight carpal bones, and more than three million strands of blonde hair, all tinged alien-green by the chlorine in their pool which, up until the day they went missing...

    3.5 Stars! The Van Apfel girls grew up with an extremely strict religious father. Tikka 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 ...

    My initial impression of this book was quirky. Tikka returns home from Baltimore to the suburbs outside Sidney, Australia. The trip brings on an onslaught of memories from the year she?s 11, the year her neighborhood friends, three sisters, disappear. And what?s apparent and obvi...

    This was a different sort of mystery crossed with coming-of-age, and I loved it! ? ? ? ? Tikka Malloy?s playmates, the Van Apfel sisters, disappeared when she was eleven years old. It?s a mystery haunting her and her sister, Laura, for years. Ruth, Hannah, and Cord...

    To me, this darkly themed story had a slight literary fiction feel, and I don?t love that genre. In saying that, I was okay with it. Set in the early 1990?s, this tale of three sisters who simply go missing on the night of the school concert, leaves the reader with a lot of ponderi...

    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?s plenty of nostalgia for Gen X Aussies (sunnyboys by the pool...

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com ?Then she said the words I?d been waiting to hear: ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? Felicity McLean may have just released her first debut novel, but she is no stranger to the written word. She has carved out a caree...

    Tikka returns to Australia, from her new life in Baltimore, as her sister, Laura, has cancer. Returning home triggers all sorts of memories and, for Tikka, it throws her back twenty years, to when she was eleven and Laura was fourteen. Their neighbours were the Van Apfel girls ? Hann...

    This book is so rich and lush in atmosphere. I could feel the heat wave of this Australian summer as the hot sun kissed my skin. I could hear the birds chirping and the insects buzzing and I almost felt as if I was walking hand in hand with Tikka as she told me the story about the Van ...

    The title of this debut novel could not be more descriptive of the story if it tried. But far from being a work of crime fiction or an edge of your seat thriller, this is more of psychological look at those left behind. In this case, we experience the incident through Tikka who twenty ...

    *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com *www.facebook.com/onewomansbbr The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean. (2019). Tikka was 11 years old in 1992 when the three Van Apfel sisters disappeared during the school's concert. Years later Tikka has returned home and is trying to m...

    3.5 stars "We lost all three girls that summer. Let them slip away like the words of some half-remembered song." * In the summer of 1992, a quiet suburb in Australia is stunned when the three Van Apfel sisters - Hannah, Cordelia, and Ruth - disappear.  Suddenly the news is no lo...

    The VanApfel Girls disappeared in 1992. All 3 of them. Hannah, Ruth and Cordelia. Gone. No Trace. Never found. Tikka remembers when the girls disappeared. The mystery pulled the small Australian community together....but over time dark secrets are revealed. This story develops slow...

    Sometimes it's the subtle thrillers that hit you the hardest, and that indeed was the case with The Van Apfel Girls are Gone. At its heart, this is a complex, multi-layered psychological family drama set in the humid heat of Sydney, Australia circa 1992 and it simply oozes tension and ...

    More words than there was solid story. Too many questions left unanswered. (view spoiler)[ Whatever did happen to the girls? Why did Mr Avery hang himself? Why didn?t the author reveal his past? Who got Cordie pregnant? What happened to Lor? (hide spoiler)] ...

    This feels like a mash-up of books and tropes that have all been done before, and better: the edgy adolescence of girls (Megan Abbott), the unsolved mysterious disappearance of Australian girls (Picnic at Hanging Rock), the violent Christian fundamentalist father and subservient wife, ...

     loved this. Beautifully atmospheric, a snapshot in time that is utterly gripping, The Van Apfel Girls are Gone is a tense and character driven psychological thriller in the classic sense of the word. Our narrator Tikka guides us, first through a child?s eyes then through the filt...

    I can?t put my finger on the why of it, but this book took me forever to finish. The more I read, the more I appreciated the skill with which the author crafted the childhood summer slowly rolling along and the intricacies of the relationships between the girls, who were neighbors an...

    I requested this book belatedly after seeing it pop up in a few places. It's got one of those interesting titles and alluring covers and, though I didn't entirely know what I was going to be reading, the notion of disappearing girls seemed to be something that sat firmly in my reading ...

    ?We saw more of those girls after they disappeared than we ever did before.? In the summer of 1992, when Tikka Malloy was ?eleven and one-sixth old?, her three best friends ? the three Van Apfel sisters? disappeared. Two families, living in the suburbs. Mr and Mrs Van Ap...

    ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? In the summer of 1992, sisters Hannah, Cordelia, and Laura Van Apfel vanished from an outdoor school concert. Twenty years later, Tikka Molloy still imagines she might see the Van Apfel girls again, and when she returns to her fa...

    4.5 stars The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean dazzled me with lyrical prose, a strong sense of setting, and a whimsical feel. Thanks to Random Things Tours for letting me participate in this blog tour, and for giving me the book for review consideration. As always, no...

    3.5 stars Tikka Molloy returns home to her rural Australia home from Baltimore when her sister is diagnosed with a severe medical problem. The town is still hot but the river valley doesn't seem to have the same bad smell as when she was a child. The author does a wonderful job pain...

    There are many books about hot, exasperated childhood summers in the suburbs or far-flung country towns where the days seem never ending and something sinister lurks just out of sight. And they are more often than not written by our most eminent authors - Melina Marchetta, Trent Dalton...

    WOW! Just wow! This was easily one of the best psychological thrillers I have read all year! It?s hard to believe that this is the author?s first foray into the mystery genre. Tikka, who has been haunted by the disappearance of three childhood friends and neighbours, the ?Van ...

    4.5 stars. We have all read countless books about missing girls, but this felt different. It wasn't your standard mystery - so some readers may be disappointed if going into it with thriller expectations. It is a coming of age story; a division between childhood and adulthood; a before...

    Loved it! Brought back childhood memories of long summer days in the suburbs and had me questioning them all. ...

    3 1/2 to be fair, but it really needed a great editor as in all other aspects, it was a really good read. I had to skim the TOOOO many bible-study pages, and some useless 11 year old dialogue about nothing.. Worth a read. ...

    1992, and an early, searing Australian summer. In a small river valley town outside of Sydney, the three Van Apfel sisters ? Hannah, Cordelia and Ruth ? disappear during the yearly outdoor ?Showstopper? concert organised by their school. All the community is marked by this dist...

  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    May 24, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!! They had six femurs, ninety-nine vertebrae, three skulls and thirty fingernails. Six kneecaps, forty-eight carpal bones, and more than three million strands of blonde hair, all tinged alien-green by the chlorine in their pool which, up until the day they went missing...

    3.5 Stars! The Van Apfel girls grew up with an extremely strict religious father. Tikka 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 ...

    My initial impression of this book was quirky. Tikka returns home from Baltimore to the suburbs outside Sidney, Australia. The trip brings on an onslaught of memories from the year she?s 11, the year her neighborhood friends, three sisters, disappear. And what?s apparent and obvi...

    This was a different sort of mystery crossed with coming-of-age, and I loved it! ? ? ? ? Tikka Malloy?s playmates, the Van Apfel sisters, disappeared when she was eleven years old. It?s a mystery haunting her and her sister, Laura, for years. Ruth, Hannah, and Cord...

    To me, this darkly themed story had a slight literary fiction feel, and I don?t love that genre. In saying that, I was okay with it. Set in the early 1990?s, this tale of three sisters who simply go missing on the night of the school concert, leaves the reader with a lot of ponderi...

    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?s plenty of nostalgia for Gen X Aussies (sunnyboys by the pool...

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com ?Then she said the words I?d been waiting to hear: ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? Felicity McLean may have just released her first debut novel, but she is no stranger to the written word. She has carved out a caree...

    Tikka returns to Australia, from her new life in Baltimore, as her sister, Laura, has cancer. Returning home triggers all sorts of memories and, for Tikka, it throws her back twenty years, to when she was eleven and Laura was fourteen. Their neighbours were the Van Apfel girls ? Hann...

    This book is so rich and lush in atmosphere. I could feel the heat wave of this Australian summer as the hot sun kissed my skin. I could hear the birds chirping and the insects buzzing and I almost felt as if I was walking hand in hand with Tikka as she told me the story about the Van ...

    The title of this debut novel could not be more descriptive of the story if it tried. But far from being a work of crime fiction or an edge of your seat thriller, this is more of psychological look at those left behind. In this case, we experience the incident through Tikka who twenty ...

    *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com *www.facebook.com/onewomansbbr The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean. (2019). Tikka was 11 years old in 1992 when the three Van Apfel sisters disappeared during the school's concert. Years later Tikka has returned home and is trying to m...

    3.5 stars "We lost all three girls that summer. Let them slip away like the words of some half-remembered song." * In the summer of 1992, a quiet suburb in Australia is stunned when the three Van Apfel sisters - Hannah, Cordelia, and Ruth - disappear.  Suddenly the news is no lo...

  • Marchpane
    May 03, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!! They had six femurs, ninety-nine vertebrae, three skulls and thirty fingernails. Six kneecaps, forty-eight carpal bones, and more than three million strands of blonde hair, all tinged alien-green by the chlorine in their pool which, up until the day they went missing...

    3.5 Stars! The Van Apfel girls grew up with an extremely strict religious father. Tikka 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 ...

    My initial impression of this book was quirky. Tikka returns home from Baltimore to the suburbs outside Sidney, Australia. The trip brings on an onslaught of memories from the year she?s 11, the year her neighborhood friends, three sisters, disappear. And what?s apparent and obvi...

    This was a different sort of mystery crossed with coming-of-age, and I loved it! ? ? ? ? Tikka Malloy?s playmates, the Van Apfel sisters, disappeared when she was eleven years old. It?s a mystery haunting her and her sister, Laura, for years. Ruth, Hannah, and Cord...

    To me, this darkly themed story had a slight literary fiction feel, and I don?t love that genre. In saying that, I was okay with it. Set in the early 1990?s, this tale of three sisters who simply go missing on the night of the school concert, leaves the reader with a lot of ponderi...

    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?s plenty of nostalgia for Gen X Aussies (sunnyboys by the pool...

  • Hannah
    Mar 09, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!! They had six femurs, ninety-nine vertebrae, three skulls and thirty fingernails. Six kneecaps, forty-eight carpal bones, and more than three million strands of blonde hair, all tinged alien-green by the chlorine in their pool which, up until the day they went missing...

    3.5 Stars! The Van Apfel girls grew up with an extremely strict religious father. Tikka 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 ...

    My initial impression of this book was quirky. Tikka returns home from Baltimore to the suburbs outside Sidney, Australia. The trip brings on an onslaught of memories from the year she?s 11, the year her neighborhood friends, three sisters, disappear. And what?s apparent and obvi...

    This was a different sort of mystery crossed with coming-of-age, and I loved it! ? ? ? ? Tikka Malloy?s playmates, the Van Apfel sisters, disappeared when she was eleven years old. It?s a mystery haunting her and her sister, Laura, for years. Ruth, Hannah, and Cord...

    To me, this darkly themed story had a slight literary fiction feel, and I don?t love that genre. In saying that, I was okay with it. Set in the early 1990?s, this tale of three sisters who simply go missing on the night of the school concert, leaves the reader with a lot of ponderi...

    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?s plenty of nostalgia for Gen X Aussies (sunnyboys by the pool...

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com ?Then she said the words I?d been waiting to hear: ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? Felicity McLean may have just released her first debut novel, but she is no stranger to the written word. She has carved out a caree...

    Tikka returns to Australia, from her new life in Baltimore, as her sister, Laura, has cancer. Returning home triggers all sorts of memories and, for Tikka, it throws her back twenty years, to when she was eleven and Laura was fourteen. Their neighbours were the Van Apfel girls ? Hann...

    This book is so rich and lush in atmosphere. I could feel the heat wave of this Australian summer as the hot sun kissed my skin. I could hear the birds chirping and the insects buzzing and I almost felt as if I was walking hand in hand with Tikka as she told me the story about the Van ...

    The title of this debut novel could not be more descriptive of the story if it tried. But far from being a work of crime fiction or an edge of your seat thriller, this is more of psychological look at those left behind. In this case, we experience the incident through Tikka who twenty ...

    *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com *www.facebook.com/onewomansbbr The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean. (2019). Tikka was 11 years old in 1992 when the three Van Apfel sisters disappeared during the school's concert. Years later Tikka has returned home and is trying to m...

    3.5 stars "We lost all three girls that summer. Let them slip away like the words of some half-remembered song." * In the summer of 1992, a quiet suburb in Australia is stunned when the three Van Apfel sisters - Hannah, Cordelia, and Ruth - disappear.  Suddenly the news is no lo...

    The VanApfel Girls disappeared in 1992. All 3 of them. Hannah, Ruth and Cordelia. Gone. No Trace. Never found. Tikka remembers when the girls disappeared. The mystery pulled the small Australian community together....but over time dark secrets are revealed. This story develops slow...

    Sometimes it's the subtle thrillers that hit you the hardest, and that indeed was the case with The Van Apfel Girls are Gone. At its heart, this is a complex, multi-layered psychological family drama set in the humid heat of Sydney, Australia circa 1992 and it simply oozes tension and ...

    More words than there was solid story. Too many questions left unanswered. (view spoiler)[ Whatever did happen to the girls? Why did Mr Avery hang himself? Why didn?t the author reveal his past? Who got Cordie pregnant? What happened to Lor? (hide spoiler)] ...

    This feels like a mash-up of books and tropes that have all been done before, and better: the edgy adolescence of girls (Megan Abbott), the unsolved mysterious disappearance of Australian girls (Picnic at Hanging Rock), the violent Christian fundamentalist father and subservient wife, ...

     loved this. Beautifully atmospheric, a snapshot in time that is utterly gripping, The Van Apfel Girls are Gone is a tense and character driven psychological thriller in the classic sense of the word. Our narrator Tikka guides us, first through a child?s eyes then through the filt...

    I can?t put my finger on the why of it, but this book took me forever to finish. The more I read, the more I appreciated the skill with which the author crafted the childhood summer slowly rolling along and the intricacies of the relationships between the girls, who were neighbors an...

    I requested this book belatedly after seeing it pop up in a few places. It's got one of those interesting titles and alluring covers and, though I didn't entirely know what I was going to be reading, the notion of disappearing girls seemed to be something that sat firmly in my reading ...

    ?We saw more of those girls after they disappeared than we ever did before.? In the summer of 1992, when Tikka Malloy was ?eleven and one-sixth old?, her three best friends ? the three Van Apfel sisters? disappeared. Two families, living in the suburbs. Mr and Mrs Van Ap...

    ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? In the summer of 1992, sisters Hannah, Cordelia, and Laura Van Apfel vanished from an outdoor school concert. Twenty years later, Tikka Molloy still imagines she might see the Van Apfel girls again, and when she returns to her fa...

    4.5 stars The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean dazzled me with lyrical prose, a strong sense of setting, and a whimsical feel. Thanks to Random Things Tours for letting me participate in this blog tour, and for giving me the book for review consideration. As always, no...

    3.5 stars Tikka Molloy returns home to her rural Australia home from Baltimore when her sister is diagnosed with a severe medical problem. The town is still hot but the river valley doesn't seem to have the same bad smell as when she was a child. The author does a wonderful job pain...

    There are many books about hot, exasperated childhood summers in the suburbs or far-flung country towns where the days seem never ending and something sinister lurks just out of sight. And they are more often than not written by our most eminent authors - Melina Marchetta, Trent Dalton...

  • Deborah
    Mar 15, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!! They had six femurs, ninety-nine vertebrae, three skulls and thirty fingernails. Six kneecaps, forty-eight carpal bones, and more than three million strands of blonde hair, all tinged alien-green by the chlorine in their pool which, up until the day they went missing...

    3.5 Stars! The Van Apfel girls grew up with an extremely strict religious father. Tikka 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 ...

    My initial impression of this book was quirky. Tikka returns home from Baltimore to the suburbs outside Sidney, Australia. The trip brings on an onslaught of memories from the year she?s 11, the year her neighborhood friends, three sisters, disappear. And what?s apparent and obvi...

    This was a different sort of mystery crossed with coming-of-age, and I loved it! ? ? ? ? Tikka Malloy?s playmates, the Van Apfel sisters, disappeared when she was eleven years old. It?s a mystery haunting her and her sister, Laura, for years. Ruth, Hannah, and Cord...

    To me, this darkly themed story had a slight literary fiction feel, and I don?t love that genre. In saying that, I was okay with it. Set in the early 1990?s, this tale of three sisters who simply go missing on the night of the school concert, leaves the reader with a lot of ponderi...

    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?s plenty of nostalgia for Gen X Aussies (sunnyboys by the pool...

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com ?Then she said the words I?d been waiting to hear: ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? Felicity McLean may have just released her first debut novel, but she is no stranger to the written word. She has carved out a caree...

    Tikka returns to Australia, from her new life in Baltimore, as her sister, Laura, has cancer. Returning home triggers all sorts of memories and, for Tikka, it throws her back twenty years, to when she was eleven and Laura was fourteen. Their neighbours were the Van Apfel girls ? Hann...

    This book is so rich and lush in atmosphere. I could feel the heat wave of this Australian summer as the hot sun kissed my skin. I could hear the birds chirping and the insects buzzing and I almost felt as if I was walking hand in hand with Tikka as she told me the story about the Van ...

    The title of this debut novel could not be more descriptive of the story if it tried. But far from being a work of crime fiction or an edge of your seat thriller, this is more of psychological look at those left behind. In this case, we experience the incident through Tikka who twenty ...

    *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com *www.facebook.com/onewomansbbr The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean. (2019). Tikka was 11 years old in 1992 when the three Van Apfel sisters disappeared during the school's concert. Years later Tikka has returned home and is trying to m...

    3.5 stars "We lost all three girls that summer. Let them slip away like the words of some half-remembered song." * In the summer of 1992, a quiet suburb in Australia is stunned when the three Van Apfel sisters - Hannah, Cordelia, and Ruth - disappear.  Suddenly the news is no lo...

    The VanApfel Girls disappeared in 1992. All 3 of them. Hannah, Ruth and Cordelia. Gone. No Trace. Never found. Tikka remembers when the girls disappeared. The mystery pulled the small Australian community together....but over time dark secrets are revealed. This story develops slow...

    Sometimes it's the subtle thrillers that hit you the hardest, and that indeed was the case with The Van Apfel Girls are Gone. At its heart, this is a complex, multi-layered psychological family drama set in the humid heat of Sydney, Australia circa 1992 and it simply oozes tension and ...

    More words than there was solid story. Too many questions left unanswered. (view spoiler)[ Whatever did happen to the girls? Why did Mr Avery hang himself? Why didn?t the author reveal his past? Who got Cordie pregnant? What happened to Lor? (hide spoiler)] ...

    This feels like a mash-up of books and tropes that have all been done before, and better: the edgy adolescence of girls (Megan Abbott), the unsolved mysterious disappearance of Australian girls (Picnic at Hanging Rock), the violent Christian fundamentalist father and subservient wife, ...

     loved this. Beautifully atmospheric, a snapshot in time that is utterly gripping, The Van Apfel Girls are Gone is a tense and character driven psychological thriller in the classic sense of the word. Our narrator Tikka guides us, first through a child?s eyes then through the filt...

    I can?t put my finger on the why of it, but this book took me forever to finish. The more I read, the more I appreciated the skill with which the author crafted the childhood summer slowly rolling along and the intricacies of the relationships between the girls, who were neighbors an...

    I requested this book belatedly after seeing it pop up in a few places. It's got one of those interesting titles and alluring covers and, though I didn't entirely know what I was going to be reading, the notion of disappearing girls seemed to be something that sat firmly in my reading ...

  • Heidi
    Apr 09, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!! They had six femurs, ninety-nine vertebrae, three skulls and thirty fingernails. Six kneecaps, forty-eight carpal bones, and more than three million strands of blonde hair, all tinged alien-green by the chlorine in their pool which, up until the day they went missing...

    3.5 Stars! The Van Apfel girls grew up with an extremely strict religious father. Tikka 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 ...

    My initial impression of this book was quirky. Tikka returns home from Baltimore to the suburbs outside Sidney, Australia. The trip brings on an onslaught of memories from the year she?s 11, the year her neighborhood friends, three sisters, disappear. And what?s apparent and obvi...

    This was a different sort of mystery crossed with coming-of-age, and I loved it! ? ? ? ? Tikka Malloy?s playmates, the Van Apfel sisters, disappeared when she was eleven years old. It?s a mystery haunting her and her sister, Laura, for years. Ruth, Hannah, and Cord...

    To me, this darkly themed story had a slight literary fiction feel, and I don?t love that genre. In saying that, I was okay with it. Set in the early 1990?s, this tale of three sisters who simply go missing on the night of the school concert, leaves the reader with a lot of ponderi...

    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?s plenty of nostalgia for Gen X Aussies (sunnyboys by the pool...

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com ?Then she said the words I?d been waiting to hear: ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? Felicity McLean may have just released her first debut novel, but she is no stranger to the written word. She has carved out a caree...

    Tikka returns to Australia, from her new life in Baltimore, as her sister, Laura, has cancer. Returning home triggers all sorts of memories and, for Tikka, it throws her back twenty years, to when she was eleven and Laura was fourteen. Their neighbours were the Van Apfel girls ? Hann...

    This book is so rich and lush in atmosphere. I could feel the heat wave of this Australian summer as the hot sun kissed my skin. I could hear the birds chirping and the insects buzzing and I almost felt as if I was walking hand in hand with Tikka as she told me the story about the Van ...

    The title of this debut novel could not be more descriptive of the story if it tried. But far from being a work of crime fiction or an edge of your seat thriller, this is more of psychological look at those left behind. In this case, we experience the incident through Tikka who twenty ...

    *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com *www.facebook.com/onewomansbbr The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean. (2019). Tikka was 11 years old in 1992 when the three Van Apfel sisters disappeared during the school's concert. Years later Tikka has returned home and is trying to m...

    3.5 stars "We lost all three girls that summer. Let them slip away like the words of some half-remembered song." * In the summer of 1992, a quiet suburb in Australia is stunned when the three Van Apfel sisters - Hannah, Cordelia, and Ruth - disappear.  Suddenly the news is no lo...

    The VanApfel Girls disappeared in 1992. All 3 of them. Hannah, Ruth and Cordelia. Gone. No Trace. Never found. Tikka remembers when the girls disappeared. The mystery pulled the small Australian community together....but over time dark secrets are revealed. This story develops slow...

    Sometimes it's the subtle thrillers that hit you the hardest, and that indeed was the case with The Van Apfel Girls are Gone. At its heart, this is a complex, multi-layered psychological family drama set in the humid heat of Sydney, Australia circa 1992 and it simply oozes tension and ...

    More words than there was solid story. Too many questions left unanswered. (view spoiler)[ Whatever did happen to the girls? Why did Mr Avery hang himself? Why didn?t the author reveal his past? Who got Cordie pregnant? What happened to Lor? (hide spoiler)] ...

    This feels like a mash-up of books and tropes that have all been done before, and better: the edgy adolescence of girls (Megan Abbott), the unsolved mysterious disappearance of Australian girls (Picnic at Hanging Rock), the violent Christian fundamentalist father and subservient wife, ...

     loved this. Beautifully atmospheric, a snapshot in time that is utterly gripping, The Van Apfel Girls are Gone is a tense and character driven psychological thriller in the classic sense of the word. Our narrator Tikka guides us, first through a child?s eyes then through the filt...

    I can?t put my finger on the why of it, but this book took me forever to finish. The more I read, the more I appreciated the skill with which the author crafted the childhood summer slowly rolling along and the intricacies of the relationships between the girls, who were neighbors an...

    I requested this book belatedly after seeing it pop up in a few places. It's got one of those interesting titles and alluring covers and, though I didn't entirely know what I was going to be reading, the notion of disappearing girls seemed to be something that sat firmly in my reading ...

    ?We saw more of those girls after they disappeared than we ever did before.? In the summer of 1992, when Tikka Malloy was ?eleven and one-sixth old?, her three best friends ? the three Van Apfel sisters? disappeared. Two families, living in the suburbs. Mr and Mrs Van Ap...

    ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? In the summer of 1992, sisters Hannah, Cordelia, and Laura Van Apfel vanished from an outdoor school concert. Twenty years later, Tikka Molloy still imagines she might see the Van Apfel girls again, and when she returns to her fa...

    4.5 stars The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean dazzled me with lyrical prose, a strong sense of setting, and a whimsical feel. Thanks to Random Things Tours for letting me participate in this blog tour, and for giving me the book for review consideration. As always, no...

    3.5 stars Tikka Molloy returns home to her rural Australia home from Baltimore when her sister is diagnosed with a severe medical problem. The town is still hot but the river valley doesn't seem to have the same bad smell as when she was a child. The author does a wonderful job pain...

    There are many books about hot, exasperated childhood summers in the suburbs or far-flung country towns where the days seem never ending and something sinister lurks just out of sight. And they are more often than not written by our most eminent authors - Melina Marchetta, Trent Dalton...

    WOW! Just wow! This was easily one of the best psychological thrillers I have read all year! It?s hard to believe that this is the author?s first foray into the mystery genre. Tikka, who has been haunted by the disappearance of three childhood friends and neighbours, the ?Van ...

  • Suzanne
    Apr 07, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!! They had six femurs, ninety-nine vertebrae, three skulls and thirty fingernails. Six kneecaps, forty-eight carpal bones, and more than three million strands of blonde hair, all tinged alien-green by the chlorine in their pool which, up until the day they went missing...

    3.5 Stars! The Van Apfel girls grew up with an extremely strict religious father. Tikka 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 ...

    My initial impression of this book was quirky. Tikka returns home from Baltimore to the suburbs outside Sidney, Australia. The trip brings on an onslaught of memories from the year she?s 11, the year her neighborhood friends, three sisters, disappear. And what?s apparent and obvi...

    This was a different sort of mystery crossed with coming-of-age, and I loved it! ? ? ? ? Tikka Malloy?s playmates, the Van Apfel sisters, disappeared when she was eleven years old. It?s a mystery haunting her and her sister, Laura, for years. Ruth, Hannah, and Cord...

    To me, this darkly themed story had a slight literary fiction feel, and I don?t love that genre. In saying that, I was okay with it. Set in the early 1990?s, this tale of three sisters who simply go missing on the night of the school concert, leaves the reader with a lot of ponderi...

  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    May 06, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!! They had six femurs, ninety-nine vertebrae, three skulls and thirty fingernails. Six kneecaps, forty-eight carpal bones, and more than three million strands of blonde hair, all tinged alien-green by the chlorine in their pool which, up until the day they went missing...

    3.5 Stars! The Van Apfel girls grew up with an extremely strict religious father. Tikka 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 ...

  • Trish at Between My Lines
    Jun 06, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!! They had six femurs, ninety-nine vertebrae, three skulls and thirty fingernails. Six kneecaps, forty-eight carpal bones, and more than three million strands of blonde hair, all tinged alien-green by the chlorine in their pool which, up until the day they went missing...

    3.5 Stars! The Van Apfel girls grew up with an extremely strict religious father. Tikka 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 ...

    My initial impression of this book was quirky. Tikka returns home from Baltimore to the suburbs outside Sidney, Australia. The trip brings on an onslaught of memories from the year she?s 11, the year her neighborhood friends, three sisters, disappear. And what?s apparent and obvi...

    This was a different sort of mystery crossed with coming-of-age, and I loved it! ? ? ? ? Tikka Malloy?s playmates, the Van Apfel sisters, disappeared when she was eleven years old. It?s a mystery haunting her and her sister, Laura, for years. Ruth, Hannah, and Cord...

    To me, this darkly themed story had a slight literary fiction feel, and I don?t love that genre. In saying that, I was okay with it. Set in the early 1990?s, this tale of three sisters who simply go missing on the night of the school concert, leaves the reader with a lot of ponderi...

    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?s plenty of nostalgia for Gen X Aussies (sunnyboys by the pool...

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com ?Then she said the words I?d been waiting to hear: ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? Felicity McLean may have just released her first debut novel, but she is no stranger to the written word. She has carved out a caree...

    Tikka returns to Australia, from her new life in Baltimore, as her sister, Laura, has cancer. Returning home triggers all sorts of memories and, for Tikka, it throws her back twenty years, to when she was eleven and Laura was fourteen. Their neighbours were the Van Apfel girls ? Hann...

    This book is so rich and lush in atmosphere. I could feel the heat wave of this Australian summer as the hot sun kissed my skin. I could hear the birds chirping and the insects buzzing and I almost felt as if I was walking hand in hand with Tikka as she told me the story about the Van ...

    The title of this debut novel could not be more descriptive of the story if it tried. But far from being a work of crime fiction or an edge of your seat thriller, this is more of psychological look at those left behind. In this case, we experience the incident through Tikka who twenty ...

    *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com *www.facebook.com/onewomansbbr The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean. (2019). Tikka was 11 years old in 1992 when the three Van Apfel sisters disappeared during the school's concert. Years later Tikka has returned home and is trying to m...

    3.5 stars "We lost all three girls that summer. Let them slip away like the words of some half-remembered song." * In the summer of 1992, a quiet suburb in Australia is stunned when the three Van Apfel sisters - Hannah, Cordelia, and Ruth - disappear.  Suddenly the news is no lo...

    The VanApfel Girls disappeared in 1992. All 3 of them. Hannah, Ruth and Cordelia. Gone. No Trace. Never found. Tikka remembers when the girls disappeared. The mystery pulled the small Australian community together....but over time dark secrets are revealed. This story develops slow...

    Sometimes it's the subtle thrillers that hit you the hardest, and that indeed was the case with The Van Apfel Girls are Gone. At its heart, this is a complex, multi-layered psychological family drama set in the humid heat of Sydney, Australia circa 1992 and it simply oozes tension and ...

    More words than there was solid story. Too many questions left unanswered. (view spoiler)[ Whatever did happen to the girls? Why did Mr Avery hang himself? Why didn?t the author reveal his past? Who got Cordie pregnant? What happened to Lor? (hide spoiler)] ...

    This feels like a mash-up of books and tropes that have all been done before, and better: the edgy adolescence of girls (Megan Abbott), the unsolved mysterious disappearance of Australian girls (Picnic at Hanging Rock), the violent Christian fundamentalist father and subservient wife, ...

     loved this. Beautifully atmospheric, a snapshot in time that is utterly gripping, The Van Apfel Girls are Gone is a tense and character driven psychological thriller in the classic sense of the word. Our narrator Tikka guides us, first through a child?s eyes then through the filt...

    I can?t put my finger on the why of it, but this book took me forever to finish. The more I read, the more I appreciated the skill with which the author crafted the childhood summer slowly rolling along and the intricacies of the relationships between the girls, who were neighbors an...

    I requested this book belatedly after seeing it pop up in a few places. It's got one of those interesting titles and alluring covers and, though I didn't entirely know what I was going to be reading, the notion of disappearing girls seemed to be something that sat firmly in my reading ...

    ?We saw more of those girls after they disappeared than we ever did before.? In the summer of 1992, when Tikka Malloy was ?eleven and one-sixth old?, her three best friends ? the three Van Apfel sisters? disappeared. Two families, living in the suburbs. Mr and Mrs Van Ap...

    ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? In the summer of 1992, sisters Hannah, Cordelia, and Laura Van Apfel vanished from an outdoor school concert. Twenty years later, Tikka Molloy still imagines she might see the Van Apfel girls again, and when she returns to her fa...

    4.5 stars The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean dazzled me with lyrical prose, a strong sense of setting, and a whimsical feel. Thanks to Random Things Tours for letting me participate in this blog tour, and for giving me the book for review consideration. As always, no...

  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    Apr 09, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!! They had six femurs, ninety-nine vertebrae, three skulls and thirty fingernails. Six kneecaps, forty-eight carpal bones, and more than three million strands of blonde hair, all tinged alien-green by the chlorine in their pool which, up until the day they went missing...

    3.5 Stars! The Van Apfel girls grew up with an extremely strict religious father. Tikka 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 ...

    My initial impression of this book was quirky. Tikka returns home from Baltimore to the suburbs outside Sidney, Australia. The trip brings on an onslaught of memories from the year she?s 11, the year her neighborhood friends, three sisters, disappear. And what?s apparent and obvi...

    This was a different sort of mystery crossed with coming-of-age, and I loved it! ? ? ? ? Tikka Malloy?s playmates, the Van Apfel sisters, disappeared when she was eleven years old. It?s a mystery haunting her and her sister, Laura, for years. Ruth, Hannah, and Cord...

    To me, this darkly themed story had a slight literary fiction feel, and I don?t love that genre. In saying that, I was okay with it. Set in the early 1990?s, this tale of three sisters who simply go missing on the night of the school concert, leaves the reader with a lot of ponderi...

    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?s plenty of nostalgia for Gen X Aussies (sunnyboys by the pool...

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com ?Then she said the words I?d been waiting to hear: ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? Felicity McLean may have just released her first debut novel, but she is no stranger to the written word. She has carved out a caree...

  • Liz Barnsley
    Mar 05, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!! They had six femurs, ninety-nine vertebrae, three skulls and thirty fingernails. Six kneecaps, forty-eight carpal bones, and more than three million strands of blonde hair, all tinged alien-green by the chlorine in their pool which, up until the day they went missing...

    3.5 Stars! The Van Apfel girls grew up with an extremely strict religious father. Tikka 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 ...

    My initial impression of this book was quirky. Tikka returns home from Baltimore to the suburbs outside Sidney, Australia. The trip brings on an onslaught of memories from the year she?s 11, the year her neighborhood friends, three sisters, disappear. And what?s apparent and obvi...

    This was a different sort of mystery crossed with coming-of-age, and I loved it! ? ? ? ? Tikka Malloy?s playmates, the Van Apfel sisters, disappeared when she was eleven years old. It?s a mystery haunting her and her sister, Laura, for years. Ruth, Hannah, and Cord...

    To me, this darkly themed story had a slight literary fiction feel, and I don?t love that genre. In saying that, I was okay with it. Set in the early 1990?s, this tale of three sisters who simply go missing on the night of the school concert, leaves the reader with a lot of ponderi...

    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?s plenty of nostalgia for Gen X Aussies (sunnyboys by the pool...

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com ?Then she said the words I?d been waiting to hear: ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? Felicity McLean may have just released her first debut novel, but she is no stranger to the written word. She has carved out a caree...

    Tikka returns to Australia, from her new life in Baltimore, as her sister, Laura, has cancer. Returning home triggers all sorts of memories and, for Tikka, it throws her back twenty years, to when she was eleven and Laura was fourteen. Their neighbours were the Van Apfel girls ? Hann...

    This book is so rich and lush in atmosphere. I could feel the heat wave of this Australian summer as the hot sun kissed my skin. I could hear the birds chirping and the insects buzzing and I almost felt as if I was walking hand in hand with Tikka as she told me the story about the Van ...

    The title of this debut novel could not be more descriptive of the story if it tried. But far from being a work of crime fiction or an edge of your seat thriller, this is more of psychological look at those left behind. In this case, we experience the incident through Tikka who twenty ...

    *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com *www.facebook.com/onewomansbbr The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean. (2019). Tikka was 11 years old in 1992 when the three Van Apfel sisters disappeared during the school's concert. Years later Tikka has returned home and is trying to m...

    3.5 stars "We lost all three girls that summer. Let them slip away like the words of some half-remembered song." * In the summer of 1992, a quiet suburb in Australia is stunned when the three Van Apfel sisters - Hannah, Cordelia, and Ruth - disappear.  Suddenly the news is no lo...

    The VanApfel Girls disappeared in 1992. All 3 of them. Hannah, Ruth and Cordelia. Gone. No Trace. Never found. Tikka remembers when the girls disappeared. The mystery pulled the small Australian community together....but over time dark secrets are revealed. This story develops slow...

    Sometimes it's the subtle thrillers that hit you the hardest, and that indeed was the case with The Van Apfel Girls are Gone. At its heart, this is a complex, multi-layered psychological family drama set in the humid heat of Sydney, Australia circa 1992 and it simply oozes tension and ...

    More words than there was solid story. Too many questions left unanswered. (view spoiler)[ Whatever did happen to the girls? Why did Mr Avery hang himself? Why didn?t the author reveal his past? Who got Cordie pregnant? What happened to Lor? (hide spoiler)] ...

    This feels like a mash-up of books and tropes that have all been done before, and better: the edgy adolescence of girls (Megan Abbott), the unsolved mysterious disappearance of Australian girls (Picnic at Hanging Rock), the violent Christian fundamentalist father and subservient wife, ...

     loved this. Beautifully atmospheric, a snapshot in time that is utterly gripping, The Van Apfel Girls are Gone is a tense and character driven psychological thriller in the classic sense of the word. Our narrator Tikka guides us, first through a child?s eyes then through the filt...

  • Lesley Moseley
    Apr 19, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!! They had six femurs, ninety-nine vertebrae, three skulls and thirty fingernails. Six kneecaps, forty-eight carpal bones, and more than three million strands of blonde hair, all tinged alien-green by the chlorine in their pool which, up until the day they went missing...

    3.5 Stars! The Van Apfel girls grew up with an extremely strict religious father. Tikka 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 ...

    My initial impression of this book was quirky. Tikka returns home from Baltimore to the suburbs outside Sidney, Australia. The trip brings on an onslaught of memories from the year she?s 11, the year her neighborhood friends, three sisters, disappear. And what?s apparent and obvi...

    This was a different sort of mystery crossed with coming-of-age, and I loved it! ? ? ? ? Tikka Malloy?s playmates, the Van Apfel sisters, disappeared when she was eleven years old. It?s a mystery haunting her and her sister, Laura, for years. Ruth, Hannah, and Cord...

    To me, this darkly themed story had a slight literary fiction feel, and I don?t love that genre. In saying that, I was okay with it. Set in the early 1990?s, this tale of three sisters who simply go missing on the night of the school concert, leaves the reader with a lot of ponderi...

    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?s plenty of nostalgia for Gen X Aussies (sunnyboys by the pool...

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com ?Then she said the words I?d been waiting to hear: ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? Felicity McLean may have just released her first debut novel, but she is no stranger to the written word. She has carved out a caree...

    Tikka returns to Australia, from her new life in Baltimore, as her sister, Laura, has cancer. Returning home triggers all sorts of memories and, for Tikka, it throws her back twenty years, to when she was eleven and Laura was fourteen. Their neighbours were the Van Apfel girls ? Hann...

    This book is so rich and lush in atmosphere. I could feel the heat wave of this Australian summer as the hot sun kissed my skin. I could hear the birds chirping and the insects buzzing and I almost felt as if I was walking hand in hand with Tikka as she told me the story about the Van ...

    The title of this debut novel could not be more descriptive of the story if it tried. But far from being a work of crime fiction or an edge of your seat thriller, this is more of psychological look at those left behind. In this case, we experience the incident through Tikka who twenty ...

    *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com *www.facebook.com/onewomansbbr The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean. (2019). Tikka was 11 years old in 1992 when the three Van Apfel sisters disappeared during the school's concert. Years later Tikka has returned home and is trying to m...

    3.5 stars "We lost all three girls that summer. Let them slip away like the words of some half-remembered song." * In the summer of 1992, a quiet suburb in Australia is stunned when the three Van Apfel sisters - Hannah, Cordelia, and Ruth - disappear.  Suddenly the news is no lo...

    The VanApfel Girls disappeared in 1992. All 3 of them. Hannah, Ruth and Cordelia. Gone. No Trace. Never found. Tikka remembers when the girls disappeared. The mystery pulled the small Australian community together....but over time dark secrets are revealed. This story develops slow...

    Sometimes it's the subtle thrillers that hit you the hardest, and that indeed was the case with The Van Apfel Girls are Gone. At its heart, this is a complex, multi-layered psychological family drama set in the humid heat of Sydney, Australia circa 1992 and it simply oozes tension and ...

    More words than there was solid story. Too many questions left unanswered. (view spoiler)[ Whatever did happen to the girls? Why did Mr Avery hang himself? Why didn?t the author reveal his past? Who got Cordie pregnant? What happened to Lor? (hide spoiler)] ...

    This feels like a mash-up of books and tropes that have all been done before, and better: the edgy adolescence of girls (Megan Abbott), the unsolved mysterious disappearance of Australian girls (Picnic at Hanging Rock), the violent Christian fundamentalist father and subservient wife, ...

     loved this. Beautifully atmospheric, a snapshot in time that is utterly gripping, The Van Apfel Girls are Gone is a tense and character driven psychological thriller in the classic sense of the word. Our narrator Tikka guides us, first through a child?s eyes then through the filt...

    I can?t put my finger on the why of it, but this book took me forever to finish. The more I read, the more I appreciated the skill with which the author crafted the childhood summer slowly rolling along and the intricacies of the relationships between the girls, who were neighbors an...

    I requested this book belatedly after seeing it pop up in a few places. It's got one of those interesting titles and alluring covers and, though I didn't entirely know what I was going to be reading, the notion of disappearing girls seemed to be something that sat firmly in my reading ...

    ?We saw more of those girls after they disappeared than we ever did before.? In the summer of 1992, when Tikka Malloy was ?eleven and one-sixth old?, her three best friends ? the three Van Apfel sisters? disappeared. Two families, living in the suburbs. Mr and Mrs Van Ap...

    ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? In the summer of 1992, sisters Hannah, Cordelia, and Laura Van Apfel vanished from an outdoor school concert. Twenty years later, Tikka Molloy still imagines she might see the Van Apfel girls again, and when she returns to her fa...

    4.5 stars The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean dazzled me with lyrical prose, a strong sense of setting, and a whimsical feel. Thanks to Random Things Tours for letting me participate in this blog tour, and for giving me the book for review consideration. As always, no...

    3.5 stars Tikka Molloy returns home to her rural Australia home from Baltimore when her sister is diagnosed with a severe medical problem. The town is still hot but the river valley doesn't seem to have the same bad smell as when she was a child. The author does a wonderful job pain...

    There are many books about hot, exasperated childhood summers in the suburbs or far-flung country towns where the days seem never ending and something sinister lurks just out of sight. And they are more often than not written by our most eminent authors - Melina Marchetta, Trent Dalton...

    WOW! Just wow! This was easily one of the best psychological thrillers I have read all year! It?s hard to believe that this is the author?s first foray into the mystery genre. Tikka, who has been haunted by the disappearance of three childhood friends and neighbours, the ?Van ...

    4.5 stars. We have all read countless books about missing girls, but this felt different. It wasn't your standard mystery - so some readers may be disappointed if going into it with thriller expectations. It is a coming of age story; a division between childhood and adulthood; a before...

    Loved it! Brought back childhood memories of long summer days in the suburbs and had me questioning them all. ...

    3 1/2 to be fair, but it really needed a great editor as in all other aspects, it was a really good read. I had to skim the TOOOO many bible-study pages, and some useless 11 year old dialogue about nothing.. Worth a read. ...

  • Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews
    Jun 16, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!! They had six femurs, ninety-nine vertebrae, three skulls and thirty fingernails. Six kneecaps, forty-eight carpal bones, and more than three million strands of blonde hair, all tinged alien-green by the chlorine in their pool which, up until the day they went missing...

    3.5 Stars! The Van Apfel girls grew up with an extremely strict religious father. Tikka 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 ...

    My initial impression of this book was quirky. Tikka returns home from Baltimore to the suburbs outside Sidney, Australia. The trip brings on an onslaught of memories from the year she?s 11, the year her neighborhood friends, three sisters, disappear. And what?s apparent and obvi...

    This was a different sort of mystery crossed with coming-of-age, and I loved it! ? ? ? ? Tikka Malloy?s playmates, the Van Apfel sisters, disappeared when she was eleven years old. It?s a mystery haunting her and her sister, Laura, for years. Ruth, Hannah, and Cord...

    To me, this darkly themed story had a slight literary fiction feel, and I don?t love that genre. In saying that, I was okay with it. Set in the early 1990?s, this tale of three sisters who simply go missing on the night of the school concert, leaves the reader with a lot of ponderi...

    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?s plenty of nostalgia for Gen X Aussies (sunnyboys by the pool...

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com ?Then she said the words I?d been waiting to hear: ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? Felicity McLean may have just released her first debut novel, but she is no stranger to the written word. She has carved out a caree...

    Tikka returns to Australia, from her new life in Baltimore, as her sister, Laura, has cancer. Returning home triggers all sorts of memories and, for Tikka, it throws her back twenty years, to when she was eleven and Laura was fourteen. Their neighbours were the Van Apfel girls ? Hann...

    This book is so rich and lush in atmosphere. I could feel the heat wave of this Australian summer as the hot sun kissed my skin. I could hear the birds chirping and the insects buzzing and I almost felt as if I was walking hand in hand with Tikka as she told me the story about the Van ...

    The title of this debut novel could not be more descriptive of the story if it tried. But far from being a work of crime fiction or an edge of your seat thriller, this is more of psychological look at those left behind. In this case, we experience the incident through Tikka who twenty ...

    *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com *www.facebook.com/onewomansbbr The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean. (2019). Tikka was 11 years old in 1992 when the three Van Apfel sisters disappeared during the school's concert. Years later Tikka has returned home and is trying to m...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Jun 24, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!! They had six femurs, ninety-nine vertebrae, three skulls and thirty fingernails. Six kneecaps, forty-eight carpal bones, and more than three million strands of blonde hair, all tinged alien-green by the chlorine in their pool which, up until the day they went missing...

    3.5 Stars! The Van Apfel girls grew up with an extremely strict religious father. Tikka 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 ...

    My initial impression of this book was quirky. Tikka returns home from Baltimore to the suburbs outside Sidney, Australia. The trip brings on an onslaught of memories from the year she?s 11, the year her neighborhood friends, three sisters, disappear. And what?s apparent and obvi...

    This was a different sort of mystery crossed with coming-of-age, and I loved it! ? ? ? ? Tikka Malloy?s playmates, the Van Apfel sisters, disappeared when she was eleven years old. It?s a mystery haunting her and her sister, Laura, for years. Ruth, Hannah, and Cord...

  • Juli
    Jun 15, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!! They had six femurs, ninety-nine vertebrae, three skulls and thirty fingernails. Six kneecaps, forty-eight carpal bones, and more than three million strands of blonde hair, all tinged alien-green by the chlorine in their pool which, up until the day they went missing...

    3.5 Stars! The Van Apfel girls grew up with an extremely strict religious father. Tikka 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 ...

    My initial impression of this book was quirky. Tikka returns home from Baltimore to the suburbs outside Sidney, Australia. The trip brings on an onslaught of memories from the year she?s 11, the year her neighborhood friends, three sisters, disappear. And what?s apparent and obvi...

    This was a different sort of mystery crossed with coming-of-age, and I loved it! ? ? ? ? Tikka Malloy?s playmates, the Van Apfel sisters, disappeared when she was eleven years old. It?s a mystery haunting her and her sister, Laura, for years. Ruth, Hannah, and Cord...

    To me, this darkly themed story had a slight literary fiction feel, and I don?t love that genre. In saying that, I was okay with it. Set in the early 1990?s, this tale of three sisters who simply go missing on the night of the school concert, leaves the reader with a lot of ponderi...

    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?s plenty of nostalgia for Gen X Aussies (sunnyboys by the pool...

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com ?Then she said the words I?d been waiting to hear: ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? Felicity McLean may have just released her first debut novel, but she is no stranger to the written word. She has carved out a caree...

    Tikka returns to Australia, from her new life in Baltimore, as her sister, Laura, has cancer. Returning home triggers all sorts of memories and, for Tikka, it throws her back twenty years, to when she was eleven and Laura was fourteen. Their neighbours were the Van Apfel girls ? Hann...

    This book is so rich and lush in atmosphere. I could feel the heat wave of this Australian summer as the hot sun kissed my skin. I could hear the birds chirping and the insects buzzing and I almost felt as if I was walking hand in hand with Tikka as she told me the story about the Van ...

    The title of this debut novel could not be more descriptive of the story if it tried. But far from being a work of crime fiction or an edge of your seat thriller, this is more of psychological look at those left behind. In this case, we experience the incident through Tikka who twenty ...

    *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com *www.facebook.com/onewomansbbr The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean. (2019). Tikka was 11 years old in 1992 when the three Van Apfel sisters disappeared during the school's concert. Years later Tikka has returned home and is trying to m...

    3.5 stars "We lost all three girls that summer. Let them slip away like the words of some half-remembered song." * In the summer of 1992, a quiet suburb in Australia is stunned when the three Van Apfel sisters - Hannah, Cordelia, and Ruth - disappear.  Suddenly the news is no lo...

    The VanApfel Girls disappeared in 1992. All 3 of them. Hannah, Ruth and Cordelia. Gone. No Trace. Never found. Tikka remembers when the girls disappeared. The mystery pulled the small Australian community together....but over time dark secrets are revealed. This story develops slow...

  • Lou
    Jun 02, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!! They had six femurs, ninety-nine vertebrae, three skulls and thirty fingernails. Six kneecaps, forty-eight carpal bones, and more than three million strands of blonde hair, all tinged alien-green by the chlorine in their pool which, up until the day they went missing...

    3.5 Stars! The Van Apfel girls grew up with an extremely strict religious father. Tikka 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 ...

    My initial impression of this book was quirky. Tikka returns home from Baltimore to the suburbs outside Sidney, Australia. The trip brings on an onslaught of memories from the year she?s 11, the year her neighborhood friends, three sisters, disappear. And what?s apparent and obvi...

    This was a different sort of mystery crossed with coming-of-age, and I loved it! ? ? ? ? Tikka Malloy?s playmates, the Van Apfel sisters, disappeared when she was eleven years old. It?s a mystery haunting her and her sister, Laura, for years. Ruth, Hannah, and Cord...

    To me, this darkly themed story had a slight literary fiction feel, and I don?t love that genre. In saying that, I was okay with it. Set in the early 1990?s, this tale of three sisters who simply go missing on the night of the school concert, leaves the reader with a lot of ponderi...

    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?s plenty of nostalgia for Gen X Aussies (sunnyboys by the pool...

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com ?Then she said the words I?d been waiting to hear: ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? Felicity McLean may have just released her first debut novel, but she is no stranger to the written word. She has carved out a caree...

    Tikka returns to Australia, from her new life in Baltimore, as her sister, Laura, has cancer. Returning home triggers all sorts of memories and, for Tikka, it throws her back twenty years, to when she was eleven and Laura was fourteen. Their neighbours were the Van Apfel girls ? Hann...

    This book is so rich and lush in atmosphere. I could feel the heat wave of this Australian summer as the hot sun kissed my skin. I could hear the birds chirping and the insects buzzing and I almost felt as if I was walking hand in hand with Tikka as she told me the story about the Van ...

    The title of this debut novel could not be more descriptive of the story if it tried. But far from being a work of crime fiction or an edge of your seat thriller, this is more of psychological look at those left behind. In this case, we experience the incident through Tikka who twenty ...

    *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com *www.facebook.com/onewomansbbr The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean. (2019). Tikka was 11 years old in 1992 when the three Van Apfel sisters disappeared during the school's concert. Years later Tikka has returned home and is trying to m...

    3.5 stars "We lost all three girls that summer. Let them slip away like the words of some half-remembered song." * In the summer of 1992, a quiet suburb in Australia is stunned when the three Van Apfel sisters - Hannah, Cordelia, and Ruth - disappear.  Suddenly the news is no lo...

    The VanApfel Girls disappeared in 1992. All 3 of them. Hannah, Ruth and Cordelia. Gone. No Trace. Never found. Tikka remembers when the girls disappeared. The mystery pulled the small Australian community together....but over time dark secrets are revealed. This story develops slow...

    Sometimes it's the subtle thrillers that hit you the hardest, and that indeed was the case with The Van Apfel Girls are Gone. At its heart, this is a complex, multi-layered psychological family drama set in the humid heat of Sydney, Australia circa 1992 and it simply oozes tension and ...

  • Michelle
    Jul 02, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!! They had six femurs, ninety-nine vertebrae, three skulls and thirty fingernails. Six kneecaps, forty-eight carpal bones, and more than three million strands of blonde hair, all tinged alien-green by the chlorine in their pool which, up until the day they went missing...

    3.5 Stars! The Van Apfel girls grew up with an extremely strict religious father. Tikka 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 ...

    My initial impression of this book was quirky. Tikka returns home from Baltimore to the suburbs outside Sidney, Australia. The trip brings on an onslaught of memories from the year she?s 11, the year her neighborhood friends, three sisters, disappear. And what?s apparent and obvi...

    This was a different sort of mystery crossed with coming-of-age, and I loved it! ? ? ? ? Tikka Malloy?s playmates, the Van Apfel sisters, disappeared when she was eleven years old. It?s a mystery haunting her and her sister, Laura, for years. Ruth, Hannah, and Cord...

    To me, this darkly themed story had a slight literary fiction feel, and I don?t love that genre. In saying that, I was okay with it. Set in the early 1990?s, this tale of three sisters who simply go missing on the night of the school concert, leaves the reader with a lot of ponderi...

    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?s plenty of nostalgia for Gen X Aussies (sunnyboys by the pool...

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com ?Then she said the words I?d been waiting to hear: ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? Felicity McLean may have just released her first debut novel, but she is no stranger to the written word. She has carved out a caree...

    Tikka returns to Australia, from her new life in Baltimore, as her sister, Laura, has cancer. Returning home triggers all sorts of memories and, for Tikka, it throws her back twenty years, to when she was eleven and Laura was fourteen. Their neighbours were the Van Apfel girls ? Hann...

    This book is so rich and lush in atmosphere. I could feel the heat wave of this Australian summer as the hot sun kissed my skin. I could hear the birds chirping and the insects buzzing and I almost felt as if I was walking hand in hand with Tikka as she told me the story about the Van ...

  • Roman Clodia
    Mar 28, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!! They had six femurs, ninety-nine vertebrae, three skulls and thirty fingernails. Six kneecaps, forty-eight carpal bones, and more than three million strands of blonde hair, all tinged alien-green by the chlorine in their pool which, up until the day they went missing...

    3.5 Stars! The Van Apfel girls grew up with an extremely strict religious father. Tikka 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 ...

    My initial impression of this book was quirky. Tikka returns home from Baltimore to the suburbs outside Sidney, Australia. The trip brings on an onslaught of memories from the year she?s 11, the year her neighborhood friends, three sisters, disappear. And what?s apparent and obvi...

    This was a different sort of mystery crossed with coming-of-age, and I loved it! ? ? ? ? Tikka Malloy?s playmates, the Van Apfel sisters, disappeared when she was eleven years old. It?s a mystery haunting her and her sister, Laura, for years. Ruth, Hannah, and Cord...

    To me, this darkly themed story had a slight literary fiction feel, and I don?t love that genre. In saying that, I was okay with it. Set in the early 1990?s, this tale of three sisters who simply go missing on the night of the school concert, leaves the reader with a lot of ponderi...

    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?s plenty of nostalgia for Gen X Aussies (sunnyboys by the pool...

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com ?Then she said the words I?d been waiting to hear: ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? Felicity McLean may have just released her first debut novel, but she is no stranger to the written word. She has carved out a caree...

    Tikka returns to Australia, from her new life in Baltimore, as her sister, Laura, has cancer. Returning home triggers all sorts of memories and, for Tikka, it throws her back twenty years, to when she was eleven and Laura was fourteen. Their neighbours were the Van Apfel girls ? Hann...

    This book is so rich and lush in atmosphere. I could feel the heat wave of this Australian summer as the hot sun kissed my skin. I could hear the birds chirping and the insects buzzing and I almost felt as if I was walking hand in hand with Tikka as she told me the story about the Van ...

    The title of this debut novel could not be more descriptive of the story if it tried. But far from being a work of crime fiction or an edge of your seat thriller, this is more of psychological look at those left behind. In this case, we experience the incident through Tikka who twenty ...

    *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com *www.facebook.com/onewomansbbr The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean. (2019). Tikka was 11 years old in 1992 when the three Van Apfel sisters disappeared during the school's concert. Years later Tikka has returned home and is trying to m...

    3.5 stars "We lost all three girls that summer. Let them slip away like the words of some half-remembered song." * In the summer of 1992, a quiet suburb in Australia is stunned when the three Van Apfel sisters - Hannah, Cordelia, and Ruth - disappear.  Suddenly the news is no lo...

    The VanApfel Girls disappeared in 1992. All 3 of them. Hannah, Ruth and Cordelia. Gone. No Trace. Never found. Tikka remembers when the girls disappeared. The mystery pulled the small Australian community together....but over time dark secrets are revealed. This story develops slow...

    Sometimes it's the subtle thrillers that hit you the hardest, and that indeed was the case with The Van Apfel Girls are Gone. At its heart, this is a complex, multi-layered psychological family drama set in the humid heat of Sydney, Australia circa 1992 and it simply oozes tension and ...

    More words than there was solid story. Too many questions left unanswered. (view spoiler)[ Whatever did happen to the girls? Why did Mr Avery hang himself? Why didn?t the author reveal his past? Who got Cordie pregnant? What happened to Lor? (hide spoiler)] ...

    This feels like a mash-up of books and tropes that have all been done before, and better: the edgy adolescence of girls (Megan Abbott), the unsolved mysterious disappearance of Australian girls (Picnic at Hanging Rock), the violent Christian fundamentalist father and subservient wife, ...

  • Kate Downey
    Sep 27, 2018

    NOW AVAILABLE!! They had six femurs, ninety-nine vertebrae, three skulls and thirty fingernails. Six kneecaps, forty-eight carpal bones, and more than three million strands of blonde hair, all tinged alien-green by the chlorine in their pool which, up until the day they went missing...

    3.5 Stars! The Van Apfel girls grew up with an extremely strict religious father. Tikka 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 ...

    My initial impression of this book was quirky. Tikka returns home from Baltimore to the suburbs outside Sidney, Australia. The trip brings on an onslaught of memories from the year she?s 11, the year her neighborhood friends, three sisters, disappear. And what?s apparent and obvi...

    This was a different sort of mystery crossed with coming-of-age, and I loved it! ? ? ? ? Tikka Malloy?s playmates, the Van Apfel sisters, disappeared when she was eleven years old. It?s a mystery haunting her and her sister, Laura, for years. Ruth, Hannah, and Cord...

    To me, this darkly themed story had a slight literary fiction feel, and I don?t love that genre. In saying that, I was okay with it. Set in the early 1990?s, this tale of three sisters who simply go missing on the night of the school concert, leaves the reader with a lot of ponderi...

    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?s plenty of nostalgia for Gen X Aussies (sunnyboys by the pool...

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com ?Then she said the words I?d been waiting to hear: ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? Felicity McLean may have just released her first debut novel, but she is no stranger to the written word. She has carved out a caree...

    Tikka returns to Australia, from her new life in Baltimore, as her sister, Laura, has cancer. Returning home triggers all sorts of memories and, for Tikka, it throws her back twenty years, to when she was eleven and Laura was fourteen. Their neighbours were the Van Apfel girls ? Hann...

    This book is so rich and lush in atmosphere. I could feel the heat wave of this Australian summer as the hot sun kissed my skin. I could hear the birds chirping and the insects buzzing and I almost felt as if I was walking hand in hand with Tikka as she told me the story about the Van ...

    The title of this debut novel could not be more descriptive of the story if it tried. But far from being a work of crime fiction or an edge of your seat thriller, this is more of psychological look at those left behind. In this case, we experience the incident through Tikka who twenty ...

    *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com *www.facebook.com/onewomansbbr The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean. (2019). Tikka was 11 years old in 1992 when the three Van Apfel sisters disappeared during the school's concert. Years later Tikka has returned home and is trying to m...

    3.5 stars "We lost all three girls that summer. Let them slip away like the words of some half-remembered song." * In the summer of 1992, a quiet suburb in Australia is stunned when the three Van Apfel sisters - Hannah, Cordelia, and Ruth - disappear.  Suddenly the news is no lo...

    The VanApfel Girls disappeared in 1992. All 3 of them. Hannah, Ruth and Cordelia. Gone. No Trace. Never found. Tikka remembers when the girls disappeared. The mystery pulled the small Australian community together....but over time dark secrets are revealed. This story develops slow...

    Sometimes it's the subtle thrillers that hit you the hardest, and that indeed was the case with The Van Apfel Girls are Gone. At its heart, this is a complex, multi-layered psychological family drama set in the humid heat of Sydney, Australia circa 1992 and it simply oozes tension and ...

    More words than there was solid story. Too many questions left unanswered. (view spoiler)[ Whatever did happen to the girls? Why did Mr Avery hang himself? Why didn?t the author reveal his past? Who got Cordie pregnant? What happened to Lor? (hide spoiler)] ...

    This feels like a mash-up of books and tropes that have all been done before, and better: the edgy adolescence of girls (Megan Abbott), the unsolved mysterious disappearance of Australian girls (Picnic at Hanging Rock), the violent Christian fundamentalist father and subservient wife, ...

     loved this. Beautifully atmospheric, a snapshot in time that is utterly gripping, The Van Apfel Girls are Gone is a tense and character driven psychological thriller in the classic sense of the word. Our narrator Tikka guides us, first through a child?s eyes then through the filt...

    I can?t put my finger on the why of it, but this book took me forever to finish. The more I read, the more I appreciated the skill with which the author crafted the childhood summer slowly rolling along and the intricacies of the relationships between the girls, who were neighbors an...

    I requested this book belatedly after seeing it pop up in a few places. It's got one of those interesting titles and alluring covers and, though I didn't entirely know what I was going to be reading, the notion of disappearing girls seemed to be something that sat firmly in my reading ...

    ?We saw more of those girls after they disappeared than we ever did before.? In the summer of 1992, when Tikka Malloy was ?eleven and one-sixth old?, her three best friends ? the three Van Apfel sisters? disappeared. Two families, living in the suburbs. Mr and Mrs Van Ap...

    ?Don?t you know? The Van Apfel girls are gone.? In the summer of 1992, sisters Hannah, Cordelia, and Laura Van Apfel vanished from an outdoor school concert. Twenty years later, Tikka Molloy still imagines she might see the Van Apfel girls again, and when she returns to her fa...

    4.5 stars The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean dazzled me with lyrical prose, a strong sense of setting, and a whimsical feel. Thanks to Random Things Tours for letting me participate in this blog tour, and for giving me the book for review consideration. As always, no...

    3.5 stars Tikka Molloy returns home to her rural Australia home from Baltimore when her sister is diagnosed with a severe medical problem. The town is still hot but the river valley doesn't seem to have the same bad smell as when she was a child. The author does a wonderful job pain...

    There are many books about hot, exasperated childhood summers in the suburbs or far-flung country towns where the days seem never ending and something sinister lurks just out of sight. And they are more often than not written by our most eminent authors - Melina Marchetta, Trent Dalton...

    WOW! Just wow! This was easily one of the best psychological thrillers I have read all year! It?s hard to believe that this is the author?s first foray into the mystery genre. Tikka, who has been haunted by the disappearance of three childhood friends and neighbours, the ?Van ...

    4.5 stars. We have all read countless books about missing girls, but this felt different. It wasn't your standard mystery - so some readers may be disappointed if going into it with thriller expectations. It is a coming of age story; a division between childhood and adulthood; a before...

    Loved it! Brought back childhood memories of long summer days in the suburbs and had me questioning them all. ...

    3 1/2 to be fair, but it really needed a great editor as in all other aspects, it was a really good read. I had to skim the TOOOO many bible-study pages, and some useless 11 year old dialogue about nothing.. Worth a read. ...

    1992, and an early, searing Australian summer. In a small river valley town outside of Sydney, the three Van Apfel sisters ? Hannah, Cordelia and Ruth ? disappear during the yearly outdoor ?Showstopper? concert organised by their school. All the community is marked by this dist...

    This is a superb read. Having overcome a knee-jerk reaction to any title containing either or both "girl" and "gone", I was lucky enough to have my intrepidness rewarded. And how! Felicity McLean has a tremendous eye for dialogue and renders the logic, the spats, chit-chat, fears, hurt...