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BOOK The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone

PDF Î BOOK The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone Î FELICITY MCLEAN Î [Download] ➻ The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone ➼ Felicity McLean – Gwairsoft.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 ItAmphitheatre 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 hear 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 collouialisms 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 at the very end that I missed my freeway exit one Sunday night but I do remember driving along thinking ‘I need to know please’ Australian literature fans will be sure to like this beguiling offering

DOC Í The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone ✓ Felicity McLean

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 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

Felicity McLean ✓ The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone DOC

The Van Apfel Girls Are GonePart 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 look who came all the way from australia and braved a biblical downpour just to sign books for our book club They had six femurs ninety nine vertebrae three skulls and thirty fingernails Six kneecaps forty eight carpal bones and 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 almost every single day that summerAnd yet all of these things vanished—just evaporated in the heat Not a single sign was left for us they are three australian sisters; cordie hannah and ruth van apfel who go missing one summer in 1992 us is the small community left rocked by the girls' disappearance most specifically tikka malloy and her sister laura who were eleven and fourteen that summer; close friends and neighbors of the van apfel girls twenty years later tikka is living in balti still haunted by the unresolved uestions surrounding the vanishing still obsessed with this defining dramatic event of her childhood returning to her hometown to visit her cancer stricken sister her memories of the time and events leading up to the girls' disappearance resurface mixing with laura's own corroborations and contradictions picking apart what she knew what she suspected what she witnessed but couldn’t fully understand or interpret as a childit’s both a coming of age story and a work of suburban suspense; one where the past is unpacked examined and relived the writing style is vivid and immediate but the scenes through tikka’s eyes have a gauzy hazy uality to them that has as much to do with the porousness of memory as it does with that summer’s heat wave i became completely engrossed in it i loved the structure i responded very favorably both to the characters and the fully realized atmosphere made up of small town gossip ambiguity and adolescent girl secrecy; a cocktail that anyone who enjoys the work of megan abbott will appreciate as a related aside i am someone who often scoffs at dust jacket readalikes and how freuently off target they are; name dropping best sellers with little actual relevance to the book’s beating heart to lure unwary consumers some of my scoffing is tinged with jealousy since i yearn to be the ueen of readers' advisory in charge of all readalike declarations but in this case? The Virgin Suicides meets Picnic at Hanging Rock is both a great hook and also great matches and while it is true that i have only seen the film version of Picnic at Hanging Rock which may be why i am not yet the ueen of readers' advisory the tone of this is exactly how i remember the tone of The Virgin Suicides being at once detached and voyeuristic chronicling the bravado and charisma and vulnerability and emotional weight of adolescent girlhood an impressive debut and i'm looking forward to from her in the futurecome to my blog