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 precocious narrator of this fabulously endearing coming-of-age story, set in an eerie Australian river valley suburb with an unexplained stench. The Van Apfel girls vanish from the valley during the school's 'Showstopper' concert, held at the outdoor amphitheatre by the river. While the search for the sisters unites the small community on Sydney's urban fringe, the mystery of their disappearance remains unsolved forever.

Brilliantly observed, sharp, lively, funny and entirely endearing, this novel is part mystery, part coming-of-age story - and quintessentially Australian. Think The Virgin Suicides meets Jasper Jones meets Picnic at Hanging Rock.

Title:The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781460755068
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  • karen

    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 kneec...

  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*

    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 the...

  • Liz

    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 yea...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    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...

  • Suzanne

    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 ...

  • Carolyn

    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 the...

  • Michelle

    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 fe...

  • Marchpane

    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 ...

  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

    *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...

  • Bren

    I am realizing maybe I should not pick books from the library or the book store if I am on limited time to browse.I am trying to save money so that is why I am doing t his but in the process I am pick...