The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone review Õ eBook or Kindle ePUB

free read ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB ó Felicity McLean

Ring '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 the summer the Van Apfel sisters disappeared Hannah beautiful Cordelia and Ruth vanished during the night of the school's Showstopp. 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 girls 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 Hannah 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 later “We 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 end” This book is being marketed as a mysterythriller 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 These characters came alive to me and were portrayed so realistically The conversation among the girls and their behaviors were so on point that it brought me back to my own early teen years I loved spending time with Tikka and this book If you enjoy coming of age tales then this is one not to be missed 4 Sultry Stars Thank you to NetGalley Edelweiss and Algonuin Books for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review

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The Van Apfel Girls Are GoneEr concert at the amphitheatre by the river surrounded by encroaching bushlandNow years later Tikka has returned home to try and make sense of the summer that shaped her and the girls that she never forgotBlackly 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. On the night of a school concert in an ordinary 1990s Australian suburb the three van Apfel girls disappeared Hannah 14 Cordelia Cordie 13 and Ruth 7 Despite extensive searches only one of them is ever found Twenty years later their neighbour and friend Tikka Molloy returns home to visit her parents and older sister Laura and relates the events that led up to the girls' disappearance through her then 11 year old understanding as well as from her now adult viewpointTikka's memories of growing up in the 1990s are evocative of the Australian childhood walking to school buying ice creams at the corner shop sleep over parties lazy summer days spent swimming in the pool and hanging out with the girls next door But there are darker memories the explosively cruel and religiously zealous Mr van Apfel who would punish his daughters for any perceived sin as well as a shady teacher who seems to be around Cordie than he should and there is a sense of menace that infuses Tikka's memoriesIt is the confident and graceful Cordie who Tikka most idolises and has trouble forgetting and even twenty years later she wonders if she could have done to help the police find the girls She also seems lost and unsure of her place in life and needs to overcome her sense of guilt and loss over the girls' disappearance With echoes of Picnic at Hanging Rock and The Virgin Suicides this is an intriguing and atmospheric mystery 35★I listened to the audio version narrated by Eloise Oxer I thought she did a good job with the female parts although I wasn't that keen on the male voices

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The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone review Õ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ý ✐ The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone pdf ✑ Author Felicity McLean – Insolpro.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 suPart mystery part Apfel Girls PDFEPUB #187 coming of age story The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone The Van Epubis set in a distant suburb on the encroaching bushland over the long hot Van Apfel Girls PDFEPUB #194 summer of 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 endea. My initial impression of this book was uirky 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 uite 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 wonder if they did the right thing I had no idea how this would play out It’s a wonderfully ambiguous story Don’t go into this story expecting answers or you’ll be disappointed My thanks to Algonuin Books for an advance copy of this book