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The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone
The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone | Felicity McLean
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.
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Well-ReadNeck
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Mehso-so

Just meh. A good and well-paced plot but an unsatisfying ending/wrap-up

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Eva2
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Pickpick

This is somewhere between a ‘Pick‘ and a ‘So-So‘ Anyone who was a child or teen growing up in early ‘90s Australia will enjoy the depiction of that time. Very spot on. The book kept me engaged but I can‘t divulge my reservations without spoilers. So, you‘ll need to read it for yourselves 😀

CarolynM I've looked at this but decided against it. I'll have to look again. 2mo
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guinsgirlreads
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My shadow and I started this one this morning since we‘ve already been up forever before work.. #catsoflitsy ❤️

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Lizpixie
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Pickpick

This was such a strange little story, it reminded me very much Of Picnic At Hanging Rock. Like a hot Australian summer when the cicadas are at their peak, your thongs stick to the road & the seat belt becomes a branding iron, and you lie under a tree having heat dreams. That‘s what this novel makes me feel. Three sisters go missing one hot Aussie summer and all the secrets come wafting to the surface. #Pop19 #PublishedIn2019

marleed And I‘m thinking by thongs you mean the flip-flop sandal variety! Ooh, oww on the undergarment thong :) 4mo
Lizpixie @marleed yes! The footware not the undies!That would be painful😳Sometimes I forget that not everyone is australian🇦🇺 4mo
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AntoinetteBuchanan
Pickpick

I appreciated all the finely observed period detail but don‘t feel the resolution really worked. It would have been three stars but for the Perkin‘s Paste reference and the details of rissole making.

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SarahHarts_books
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Mehso-so

"We lost all thee girls that summer. Let them slip away like the words to a half remembered song, and when one came back, she wasn't the one we were trying to recall to beggin with."

31 year Tikka, lives in Boston, but when she finds out her older sister has cancer she flies home to Australia to be with her.Returning home brings up memeries from a summer 20 years ago when 3 sisters - her neighbors- The Van Apfel girls disappear.
It was ok. 3?

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SarahHarts_books
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Getting through midweek with a book and my furry reading buddy. I love when she cuddles with me while I'm reading! 😍 #dogsoflitsy

brit91 Awwww so cute!!!!💖💙💚💛🧡💜❤💖 5mo
SarahHarts_books @brit91 Thank you! She is such a good little girl. 5mo
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Verity
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Pickpick

Another holiday read. This is an atmospheric and unsettling book about the summer three girls went missing from a small Australian town and the lingering effects decades on. My only complaint with this was with the ending, but I think that means it probably did exactly what it was designed to to do!

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KathrynElise
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1. Tagged 📖

2. Not really sure.. In terms of the presence of an LGBT character, probably ‘Priory of the Orange Tree‘.

3. Today just relaxing (hopefully), but I went to a friend‘s kitchen tea yesterday 🥂😊

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Abailliekaras
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Our new episode is up! Amanda & I discuss ‘The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone‘ by Felicity McLean. ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock‘ vibes in outer Sydney, it combines Australian Gothic with a wry coming-of-age tale. Would be a good book club pick. 🎧📚
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Does it love up to the hype? 👀 Let‘s just say it would be a great book club book. You‘ll want to talk about the ending of this one. 🤔
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Subscribe now and let us know your thoughts! 🎧

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Tashreads
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Pickpick

#bookreview ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫⁣
#thevanapfelgirlsaregone

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 those expectations. It is a coming of age story; a division between childhood and adulthood; a before and after. I really enjoyed Tikka's narration as a child - a precocious, lively voice that made me smile.⁣ Loved it.

RatherTooFondofBooks I‘m reading this at the moment and it‘s so good. I can‘t wait to get back to it. 6mo
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RatherTooFondofBooks
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Just started reading this today and it‘s so good! I was reading in the garden in the sun earlier and it felt like the perfect place to read this. 😊 #amreading

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Madison91
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Mehso-so

This was going to be 5 stars until I got to the end. I wrote contains spoilers although I won‘t give any details away. Just the fact that I read the whole thing in a day loved every chapter and then finished it to find no more pages to help my frustration. My perfect genre the worst ending 😭

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Tashreads
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Described as Picnic at Hanging Rock for a new generation. We shall see.

AntoinetteBuchanan I have it on reserve - will be interested in your opinion.
6mo
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Abailliekaras
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Podcast prep with my new ‘best mum ever‘ cup. 😜 #booksonthego

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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt4 I‘ve been really lucky to find signed books online, especially coz in Australia it‘s hard to get them, few authors make the trip here to promote books. Booktopia.com.au has been making an effort to get books signed which is great, but it‘s mostly Aussie authors like this one. Set on the outskirts of sydney, the Van Apfel girls disappear after a riverside concert, uniting the community while suspicions swirl.

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Jbakesmcgee3
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Pickpick

😱😱😱😱

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Abailliekaras
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Mehso-so

Mixed feelings. The characters feel real, Tikka is a fun, precocious 11 year old narrator. It evokes well the feeling of summer as a teen in suburban Australia. Comparisons to Picnic at Hanging Rock are apt (haunting disappearance of 3 girls) but it doesn‘t quite nail the landscape (it‘s both a ‘valley‘ & a suburban street) which was a huge part of Picnic & why the ambiguity worked. I found the ending an anticlimax - it didn‘t resolve.

JennyM That‘s a shame. I have this lined up my next audio. 7mo
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NeptunesBounty
Pickpick

This is a fantastic read for someone looking for a Picnic at Hanging Rock-esque mystery, with tones of the scary sometimes reality of religious fanaticism. A fairly short read, it makes for a good one to curl up with when you have a good cup of tea and a cat to snuggle with.

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NeptunesBounty
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Let‘s see how this one turns out! I knocked over about four books from my TBR yesterday, but I have assignments to do now, so this one may take a little longer. 😅