The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone (Hardback)Felicity McLean (author)
Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2020
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, growing up in an isolated suburb in Australia surrounded by encroaching bushland. That summer, the hottest on record, was when the Van Apfel sisters - Hannah, the beautiful Cordelia and Ruth - mysteriously disappeared during the school's Showstopper concert, held at the outdoor amphitheatre by the river. Did they run away? Were they taken? While the search for the sisters unites the small community, the mystery of their disappearance has never been solved.
Now, years later, Tikka has returned home and is beginning to make sense of that strange moment in time. The summer that shaped her. The girls that she never forgot.
Brilliantly observed, spiky, sharp, funny and unexpectedly endearing, The Van Apfel Girls are Gone is part mystery, part coming-of-age story - with a dark shimmering unexplained absence at its heart.
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 225 x 146 x 27 mm
'An entrancing, melancholy debut from a young Australian that evokes the country and it's climate as the back ground to a mystery about what happened to three young Van Apfel sisters, who disappeared two decades ago' - The Daily Mail
'...haunting, atmospheric and genuinely mysterious' - The Guardian
'Compelling...it doesn't disappoint...It's rare, and even unnerving, to read something like this and find it absent of fetishization of a young woman's life, and thus full of tenderness and compassion, and a real sense of what gets lost in these situations.' - Nylon magazine
'One part mystery, one million parts amazing, this debut from Felicity McLean will be a summer fave.' - Cosmopolitan
'A smart, classy thriller that blazes with the heat of Australia and slowly reveals its many layers.' - Fiona Mozley, author of Elmet
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