The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean. (2019).
**3 out of 5 stars**
Tikka was 11 years old in 1992 when the three Van Apfel sisters disappeared during the school’s concert. Years later Tikka has returned home and is trying to make sense of the summer that shaped her and the three girls she never forgot.
I should have known from the synopsis on the back of the book that I would finish this book unsatisfied haha. The synopsis states “this is Picnic at Hanging Rock for a new generation” – another book I found frustrating at the end! Some people can really appreciate an ending where the reader does not actually have clarifying details and the mystery explained…I am not that reader unfortunately. I think if you don’t mind the openness of the ending, you’ll really enjoy this book. It’s well-written and Tikka is a likeable narrator. There are quite a few interesting characters introduced along the way, however again I felt a bit frustrated that we never got to delve into these characters more. The narrative jumped around a bit as well so the the sections referring to the past were not necessarily in chronological order.
Overall this was an average read with too many details missing for me, but I do think some readers would greatly enjoy it.