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The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone

Longlisted for a John Creasey New Blood Dagger 2020

Felicity McLean

A DAILY MAIL ‘Must Read’ title

Bookriot’s 50 spring must-read crime novels

One part mystery, one million parts amazing.’ Cosmopolitan

‘A coming-of-age drama as much as a crime story…haunting, atmospheric and genuinely mysterious.‘ Guardian

An entrancing, melancholy debut… Mesmerising.’ Daily Mail

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 summer of 1992. That summer, the hottest on record, the Van Apfel sisters – Hannah, the beautiful Cordelia and Ruth – mysteriously disappeared.  Did they run away? Or were they taken?  The mystery of their disappearance has never been solved.

Now, years later, Tikka has returned home and is beginning to piece together what really happened. The summer that shaped her.  The girls she couldn’t forget.

  • Publication date: June 4, 2020
  • ISBN: 9781786077868
  • RRP: £8.99
  • Pages: 304
  • Publication date: June 6, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781786076076
  • RRP: £14.99
  • Pages: 304
  • Publication date: April 18, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781786076083
  • RRP: £3.99
  • Pages: 350


'A coming-of-age drama as much as a crime story, this isn’t a book for those who like things wrapped up neatly, but readers who enjoy something haunting, atmospheric and genuinely mysterious have a treat in store.'


'One part mystery, one million parts amazing, this debut from Felicity McLean will be a summer fave.'


'Felicity McLean's accomplished debut...[is] a stunning piece of literary ventriloquism.'

Irish Times

‘An entrancing, melancholy debut... The landscape is superbly captured, but it is the relationship between Tikka and the sisters that lingers... Mesmerising.’

Daily Mail

' 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

'A taut, beautifully written thriller with a scorching expansive setting. The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone is a fantastic debut and a story that lingers.'

Lisa Ballantyne, author of The Guilty One

‘With echoes of Picnic at Hanging Rock, this is an atmospheric first novel.’

Daily Mail, Must Read

'A smart, classy thriller that blazes with the heat of Australia and slowly reveals its many layers.'

Fiona Mozley, author of Elmet

'This debut, part coming-of-age story and part crime thriller, is both forceful and unnerving.'

Publishers Weekly

'I deeply admire the languid, lived-in prose of Felicity McLean’s lovely novel The Van Apfel Girls are Gone. This is a story as much about forgiving ourselves our own childhoods, as it is about acknowledging and embracing the people we’ve become because of those adolescent (and sometimes life altering) choices.'

Hannah Pittard, author of Visible Empire

'One would expect [Felicity McLean], who has a background in journalism and biography, to be particularly good at detailing the who, what, where, and when of a mysterious disappearance. She is.'

Washington Independent Review of Books

'Delicious attention to detail... [The Van Apfel Girls] is visceral and tangible.'

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Felicity McLean

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