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:Fiction
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Number of Pages:304 pages pages

The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone Reviews

  • karen
    May 03, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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, we?d swum in al...

  • Sam Still Reading
    May 04, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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, we?d swum in al...

    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...

    *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...

    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 ...

     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...

    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)] ...

    ?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...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    Three sisters disappear on the night of a school concert! Malloy was only 11 when it all occurred in the Summer of '92! The town has truly never recovered! Tikki and Laura(friends/playmates) now haunted by memories upon Tikka's return to Sydney from Boston with more flooded mysteries ...

    A harmonic mystery, this book carried me along for the ride like a log down a river. There were rapids, meanders and a general sense of floating. Felicity's command of words managed to make me totally invested in the story of Tikka and the Van Apfel girls. If you are a 90s kid, you'...

    4.5* This book had me gripped right from the opening line. It's so atmospheric I could almost feel the oppressive heat of an Australian country summer through the pages. The writing is almost haunting, slow and a bit floaty, and Tikka is such a great protagonist to see the Van Apfel gi...

    TVAGAG really doesn't try to hide its influences - it's very much The Virgin Suicides Have a Picnic at Hanging Rock but that doesn't stop it from being skillfully put together and a compelling read. ...

    The Van Apfel Girls are Gone oozes the sights, scents and feels of a long hot Australian summer. Add to that the sense of nostalgia for the 1990s and a mystery and you have a tinderbox of feelings. This is a wonderfully dreamy book that bites through the heat induced laziness as you re...

  • Jennifer (JC-S)
    Apr 14, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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, we?d swum in al...

    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...

    *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...

    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 ...

     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...

    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)] ...

    ?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

    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...

    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...

    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, we?d swum in al...

    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...

    *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...

    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 ...

     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...

    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)] ...

    ?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...

    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 ...

    ?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

    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...

    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...

    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, we?d swum in al...

    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...

    *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...

    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 ...

     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...

    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)] ...

  • Sean Kennedy
    Apr 09, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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, we?d swum in al...

    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...

    *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...

    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 ...

     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...

    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)] ...

    ?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...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    Three sisters disappear on the night of a school concert! Malloy was only 11 when it all occurred in the Summer of '92! The town has truly never recovered! Tikki and Laura(friends/playmates) now haunted by memories upon Tikka's return to Sydney from Boston with more flooded mysteries ...

    A harmonic mystery, this book carried me along for the ride like a log down a river. There were rapids, meanders and a general sense of floating. Felicity's command of words managed to make me totally invested in the story of Tikka and the Van Apfel girls. If you are a 90s kid, you'...

    4.5* This book had me gripped right from the opening line. It's so atmospheric I could almost feel the oppressive heat of an Australian country summer through the pages. The writing is almost haunting, slow and a bit floaty, and Tikka is such a great protagonist to see the Van Apfel gi...

    TVAGAG really doesn't try to hide its influences - it's very much The Virgin Suicides Have a Picnic at Hanging Rock but that doesn't stop it from being skillfully put together and a compelling read. ...

  • Kate
    Apr 18, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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, we?d swum in al...

    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...

    *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...

    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 ...

     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...

    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)] ...

    ?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...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    Three sisters disappear on the night of a school concert! Malloy was only 11 when it all occurred in the Summer of '92! The town has truly never recovered! Tikki and Laura(friends/playmates) now haunted by memories upon Tikka's return to Sydney from Boston with more flooded mysteries ...

    A harmonic mystery, this book carried me along for the ride like a log down a river. There were rapids, meanders and a general sense of floating. Felicity's command of words managed to make me totally invested in the story of Tikka and the Van Apfel girls. If you are a 90s kid, you'...

    4.5* This book had me gripped right from the opening line. It's so atmospheric I could almost feel the oppressive heat of an Australian country summer through the pages. The writing is almost haunting, slow and a bit floaty, and Tikka is such a great protagonist to see the Van Apfel gi...

    TVAGAG really doesn't try to hide its influences - it's very much The Virgin Suicides Have a Picnic at Hanging Rock but that doesn't stop it from being skillfully put together and a compelling read. ...

    The Van Apfel Girls are Gone oozes the sights, scents and feels of a long hot Australian summer. Add to that the sense of nostalgia for the 1990s and a mystery and you have a tinderbox of feelings. This is a wonderfully dreamy book that bites through the heat induced laziness as you re...

    This engrossing book had me hooked from the very beginning. Everything about it made me happy. The tone is light, from Tikka's point of view as she reflects on the disappearance of her best friends and neighbours, The Van Apfel Girls, when she was a child. Tikka is home from Baltimore ...

    The Chamberlain case was the background to my entire childhood. Outside, we had smiling Safety House signs screwed to each letterbox in the street. Every house safe. Every house a refuge. While inside, the court case of a mother alleged to have murdered her child played out each night...

  • John Purcell
    Mar 07, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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, we?d swum in al...

    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...

    *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...

    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 ...

     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...

    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)] ...

    ?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...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

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

  • Liz
    Apr 27, 2019

    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...

  • Natasha
    May 16, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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, we?d swum in al...

    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...

    *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...

    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 ...

     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...

    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)] ...

    ?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...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

  • Bridget
    May 22, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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, we?d swum in al...

    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...

    *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...

    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 ...

     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...

    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)] ...

    ?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...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    Three sisters disappear on the night of a school concert! Malloy was only 11 when it all occurred in the Summer of '92! The town has truly never recovered! Tikki and Laura(friends/playmates) now haunted by memories upon Tikka's return to Sydney from Boston with more flooded mysteries ...

    A harmonic mystery, this book carried me along for the ride like a log down a river. There were rapids, meanders and a general sense of floating. Felicity's command of words managed to make me totally invested in the story of Tikka and the Van Apfel girls. If you are a 90s kid, you'...

    4.5* This book had me gripped right from the opening line. It's so atmospheric I could almost feel the oppressive heat of an Australian country summer through the pages. The writing is almost haunting, slow and a bit floaty, and Tikka is such a great protagonist to see the Van Apfel gi...

    TVAGAG really doesn't try to hide its influences - it's very much The Virgin Suicides Have a Picnic at Hanging Rock but that doesn't stop it from being skillfully put together and a compelling read. ...

    The Van Apfel Girls are Gone oozes the sights, scents and feels of a long hot Australian summer. Add to that the sense of nostalgia for the 1990s and a mystery and you have a tinderbox of feelings. This is a wonderfully dreamy book that bites through the heat induced laziness as you re...

    This engrossing book had me hooked from the very beginning. Everything about it made me happy. The tone is light, from Tikka's point of view as she reflects on the disappearance of her best friends and neighbours, The Van Apfel Girls, when she was a child. Tikka is home from Baltimore ...

  • Michael
    Apr 02, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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, we?d swum in al...

    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...

    *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...

    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
    Apr 02, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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, we?d swum in al...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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, we?d swum in al...

    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...

    *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...

    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 ...

     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...

    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)] ...

    ?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...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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, ...

    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...

  • Marchpane
    May 03, 2019

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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, we?d swum in al...

    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...

    *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...

    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 ...

     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...

    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)] ...

    ?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...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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, we?d swum in al...

    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...

    *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...

    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 ...

     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...

    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)] ...

    ?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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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, we?d swum in al...

    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...

    *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...

    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 ...

     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...

    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)] ...

    ?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...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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, ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

  • Courtney
    May 18, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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, we?d swum in al...

    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...

    *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...

    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 ...

     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...

    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)] ...

    ?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...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    Three sisters disappear on the night of a school concert! Malloy was only 11 when it all occurred in the Summer of '92! The town has truly never recovered! Tikki and Laura(friends/playmates) now haunted by memories upon Tikka's return to Sydney from Boston with more flooded mysteries ...

    A harmonic mystery, this book carried me along for the ride like a log down a river. There were rapids, meanders and a general sense of floating. Felicity's command of words managed to make me totally invested in the story of Tikka and the Van Apfel girls. If you are a 90s kid, you'...

    4.5* This book had me gripped right from the opening line. It's so atmospheric I could almost feel the oppressive heat of an Australian country summer through the pages. The writing is almost haunting, slow and a bit floaty, and Tikka is such a great protagonist to see the Van Apfel gi...

    TVAGAG really doesn't try to hide its influences - it's very much The Virgin Suicides Have a Picnic at Hanging Rock but that doesn't stop it from being skillfully put together and a compelling read. ...

    The Van Apfel Girls are Gone oozes the sights, scents and feels of a long hot Australian summer. Add to that the sense of nostalgia for the 1990s and a mystery and you have a tinderbox of feelings. This is a wonderfully dreamy book that bites through the heat induced laziness as you re...

    This engrossing book had me hooked from the very beginning. Everything about it made me happy. The tone is light, from Tikka's point of view as she reflects on the disappearance of her best friends and neighbours, The Van Apfel Girls, when she was a child. Tikka is home from Baltimore ...

    The Chamberlain case was the background to my entire childhood. Outside, we had smiling Safety House signs screwed to each letterbox in the street. Every house safe. Every house a refuge. While inside, the court case of a mother alleged to have murdered her child played out each night...

    It's been a couple of days since I read this so I'm not as frustrated with it as I was when I initially finished it. Moved on to being frustrated about other things but anyway. Tikka Molloy is in her early thirties and is heading home to Australia from Baltimore for a visit. Her lif...

  • Thomas
    Aug 10, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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, we?d swum in al...

    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...

    *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...

    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 ...

     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...

    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)] ...

    ?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...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    Three sisters disappear on the night of a school concert! Malloy was only 11 when it all occurred in the Summer of '92! The town has truly never recovered! Tikki and Laura(friends/playmates) now haunted by memories upon Tikka's return to Sydney from Boston with more flooded mysteries ...

    A harmonic mystery, this book carried me along for the ride like a log down a river. There were rapids, meanders and a general sense of floating. Felicity's command of words managed to make me totally invested in the story of Tikka and the Van Apfel girls. If you are a 90s kid, you'...

  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    May 06, 2019

    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 ...

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

    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...

    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...

    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, we?d swum in al...

    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...

    *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

    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...

    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...

    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, we?d swum in al...

    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...

    *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...

    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 ...

     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...

  • Rachel
    Apr 10, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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, we?d swum in al...

    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...

    *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...

    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 ...

     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...

    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)] ...

    ?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...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    Three sisters disappear on the night of a school concert! Malloy was only 11 when it all occurred in the Summer of '92! The town has truly never recovered! Tikki and Laura(friends/playmates) now haunted by memories upon Tikka's return to Sydney from Boston with more flooded mysteries ...

    A harmonic mystery, this book carried me along for the ride like a log down a river. There were rapids, meanders and a general sense of floating. Felicity's command of words managed to make me totally invested in the story of Tikka and the Van Apfel girls. If you are a 90s kid, you'...

    4.5* This book had me gripped right from the opening line. It's so atmospheric I could almost feel the oppressive heat of an Australian country summer through the pages. The writing is almost haunting, slow and a bit floaty, and Tikka is such a great protagonist to see the Van Apfel gi...

    TVAGAG really doesn't try to hide its influences - it's very much The Virgin Suicides Have a Picnic at Hanging Rock but that doesn't stop it from being skillfully put together and a compelling read. ...

    The Van Apfel Girls are Gone oozes the sights, scents and feels of a long hot Australian summer. Add to that the sense of nostalgia for the 1990s and a mystery and you have a tinderbox of feelings. This is a wonderfully dreamy book that bites through the heat induced laziness as you re...

    This engrossing book had me hooked from the very beginning. Everything about it made me happy. The tone is light, from Tikka's point of view as she reflects on the disappearance of her best friends and neighbours, The Van Apfel Girls, when she was a child. Tikka is home from Baltimore ...

    The Chamberlain case was the background to my entire childhood. Outside, we had smiling Safety House signs screwed to each letterbox in the street. Every house safe. Every house a refuge. While inside, the court case of a mother alleged to have murdered her child played out each night...

    It's been a couple of days since I read this so I'm not as frustrated with it as I was when I initially finished it. Moved on to being frustrated about other things but anyway. Tikka Molloy is in her early thirties and is heading home to Australia from Baltimore for a visit. Her lif...

    Brilliant. The author really cleverly evokes suburban Sydney - the accent, vernacular, the way people say and don?t say things. Her characterisation of Tikka is particularly brilliant - especially her verbal diarrhoea. Tikka had me in stitches - quite the best Aussie character I?ve...

  • Lesley Moseley
    Apr 19, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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, we?d swum in al...

    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...

    *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...

    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 ...

     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...

    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)] ...

    ?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...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    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. ...

  • Donna Hines
    May 08, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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, we?d swum in al...

    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...

    *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...

    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 ...

     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...

    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)] ...

    ?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...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    Three sisters disappear on the night of a school concert! Malloy was only 11 when it all occurred in the Summer of '92! The town has truly never recovered! Tikki and Laura(friends/playmates) now haunted by memories upon Tikka's return to Sydney from Boston with more flooded mysteries ...

  • Kerran Olson
    Mar 24, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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, we?d swum in al...

    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...

    *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...

    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 ...

     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...

    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)] ...

    ?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...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    Three sisters disappear on the night of a school concert! Malloy was only 11 when it all occurred in the Summer of '92! The town has truly never recovered! Tikki and Laura(friends/playmates) now haunted by memories upon Tikka's return to Sydney from Boston with more flooded mysteries ...

    A harmonic mystery, this book carried me along for the ride like a log down a river. There were rapids, meanders and a general sense of floating. Felicity's command of words managed to make me totally invested in the story of Tikka and the Van Apfel girls. If you are a 90s kid, you'...

    4.5* This book had me gripped right from the opening line. It's so atmospheric I could almost feel the oppressive heat of an Australian country summer through the pages. The writing is almost haunting, slow and a bit floaty, and Tikka is such a great protagonist to see the Van Apfel gi...

  • Roman Clodia
    Mar 28, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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, we?d swum in al...

    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...

    *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...

    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 ...

     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...

    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)] ...

    ?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...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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, we?d swum in al...

    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...

    *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...

    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 ...

     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...

    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)] ...

    ?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...

    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 ...

    ?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...

    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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    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. ...

    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...