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The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone Free Author Felicity McLean Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Part Mystery, Part Coming Of Age Story, The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone Is Set In A Distant Suburb On The Encroaching Bushland, Over The Long Hot Summer Of 1992 It S The Summer Of The School S Showstopper Concert The Summer Tikka Never Forgot The Summer The Van Apfel Sisters Disappeared Blackly Comic, Sharply Observed And Wonderfully Endearing We Lost All Three Girls That Summer Let Them Slip Away Like The Words Of Some Half Remembered Song And When One Came Back, She Wasn T The One We Were Trying To Recall To Begin With Tikka Molloy Was Eleven And One Sixth Years Old During The Long Hot Summer Of 1992 The Summer The Van Apfel Sisters Disappeared Hannah, Beautiful Cordelia And Ruth Vanished During The Night Of The School S Showstopper Concert At The Amphitheatre By The River, Surrounded By Encroaching Bushland.Now, Years Later, Tikka Has Returned Home To Try And Make Sense Of The Summer That Shaped Her, And The Girls That She Never Forgot.Blackly Comic, Sharply Observed And Wonderfully Endearing, This Is Picnic At Hanging Rock For A New Generation, A Haunting Coming Of Age Story With A Shimmering, Unexplained Mystery At Its Heart. 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 pondering to do Full of Aussie colloquialisms, and extremely well told, we witness the young Van Apfel sisters, bought up in a disturbingly warped religious household Tikka I loved this name is their precocious whip smart neighbour and mate is our narrator, she s a feisty girl and oh so smart A strange and frightening river town full of even stranger characters, we never really get the full gist of what is going on An ungodly holy man with a spineless wife, a teacher who is not straight up, and families just being families in the suburbs gives us a confusing sense of some misdirected young girls without bearings nor an anchor to give them any sense of safety I was listening to this audio read with such intensity a My initial impression of this book was quirky Tikka returns home from Balti 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 obvious to an adult is not to an eleven year old So her impressions are just a tad off, leading to a slightly offbeat telling And the secondary characters are not your average folks either There s Mr Apfel, a religious fanatic who leads the girls in Bible study and prayers and punishes those that don t get the message correctly There s the teacher whose actions just don t seem appropriate McLean does a wonderful job of getting the kids just right the weird discussions, the picking on siblings, the not quite understanding how things work But as the book goes on, it gets and poignant My heart just ached for those girls All of them Even as adults, when Laura and Tikka still wonde This was a different sort of mystery crossed with coming of age, and I loved it Tikka Malloy s playmates, the Van Apfel sisters, disappeared when she was eleven years old It s a mystery haunting her and her sister, Laura, for years Ruth, Hannah, and Cordelia have harsh, religious parents, and it s never been known if they ran away or were taken Tikka has now returned home as an adult to try to grasp just what happened to the sisters that summer If you are looking for a fresh take on a suspenseful read, this is your book The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone is an engaging mystery, as well as a campy coming of age story It s a compelling page turner, and I ve read nothing remotely like this premise or the way in which it was executed The story has a melancholy tone, and the writing is lush and descriptive I loved the Australia setting Tikka and Laura shoulder some blame, as children often do, when things like this happen, wh The Van Apfel Girls Are Goneis 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 a slumber party complete with half arsed s ance hearing about the Azaria Chamberlain case in the news The child narrator is endearing, and the author really seems to get the dynamics between adolescent preteen girls The blurb blazons some big name comparisons So, is this like Picnic at Hanging Rock Only inasmuch as it s set in Australia and some girls go missing Is it like The Virgin Suicides Only inasmuch as those suburban girls are three blonde sisters This novel sits in that crossover zone between commercial literary fiction, along with books like Jasper Jones but without the theme of racial prejudice or The Lovely Bon This book is so rich and lush in atmosphere I could feel the heat wave of this Australian summer as the hot sun kissed my skin I could hear the birds chirping and the insects buzzing and I almost felt as if I was walking hand in hand with Tikka as she told me the story about the Van Apfel girlsWe 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 withHannah, Cordie, and Ruth Van Apfel live under the thumb of their strict, and often cruel, religious father so Hannah and Cordie make a plan to runaway during the schools Showstopper concert The plan doesn t go accordingly yet the girls manage to disappear leaving their best friends and neighbors, sisters, Tikka and Laura, wondering what has become of them even all these years laterWe thought we d seen the worst when those girls disappeared, but seeing, and not seeing, is a funny old thing Even now, I don t know which is crueler in the endThis book is being marketed as a mystery thriller and I think that is a huge disservice to this wonderful coming of age novel Yes, there is the mystery of the Van Apfel girls disappearance but it remains unsolved so mystery lovers looking for resolutions may be disappointed and so with that being said there isn t really anything thrilling happening either Where this book succeeds is in character development and drawing a sense of place 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 career as a respected ghost writer, a children s book author and a journalist This previous experience has put McLean in good standing The Van Apfel Girls are Gone is assured, refined and incredibly intriguing It had me hook, line and sinker At the very heart of The Van Apfel Girls are Gone is Tikka Molloy and the fateful summer of 1992 At just eleven years old, Tikka was impacted by an incident that will haunt her for years to come Day after day Tikka and her sister Laura socialise with their neighbours, the Van Apfel sisters Older sister Hannah, ethereal Cordelia and younger sister Ruth become entrenched in the lives and memories of Tikka When they mysteriously disappear after a concert at their local school, a search of the local bushland area reveals nothing Some twenty years after the disappearance of the Van Apfel sisters, Tikka comes home, in an attempt to understand the events of the fateful summer that has forev Tikka returns to Australia, from her new life in Balti, 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 Hannah, who was Laura s confidante, thirteen year old Cordelia, who Tikka looked up to, and six year old Ruth.The summer was unbearably hot and the televisions were full of the story of Lindy Chamberlain, released, after being charged with the murder of her baby the infamous dingo story, which many of us remember from the time Tikka and Laura spend most of the summer with the Van Apfel girls but, one night, after a talent show, the girls vanish To be honest, there is much about this novel which you feel you have read before There is Mr Van Apfel, wielding religion as a means of control, the edgy, out of control feel of him, whenever he appears on the page Then there is the teacher, whose appearances seem a little inappropriate and, at the centre of the story, Cordelia, who seems to create strong feelings in those around her.Although this is not the most original novel, it is very well written It had a good sense of place and time and Tikka is an excellent narrator her childhood self allowing the reader to half glimpse things that she may not quite have understood A thoughtful exploration of a childhood mystery w 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 unexplained smell The night of the Showstopper concert by the river was the night that the Van Apfel girls disappeared They vanished without a trace This was a very sad story that kept me intrigued and kept me turning the pages This is a slow burn mystery I did love the atmosphere It did have some surprises, dark secrets, and It was a little disturbing I wouldn t call this one a thriller I am of a thriller fan than a mystery fan The setting takes place in Australia I did have some questions at the end that were unanswered.I loved the descriptive writing style and The title of this debut novel could not be 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 of psychological look at those left behind In this case, we experience the incident through Tikka who twenty years earlier along with her older sister Laura was friends with neighbors, the Van Apfel girls Hannah, Cordelia and Ruth Back in Australia after flying in from Balti, Tikka has been haunted by the disappearance of her friends ever since and with the help of her sick sister contemplates why the Van Apfel s have such a hold on her Through flashbacks, we see a young Tikka who idolizes Cordelia and desperately wants to be a part of her sister s social scene On the other side, the Van Apfel girls are ruled by there father who uses religion and violence to keep them in check Everything revolves around a hot summers night when everything Tikka has known changed Part Picnic at Hanging Rock and with than a passing

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