A smart, classy thriller that blazes with the heat of Australia and slowly reveals its many layers.
- Fiona Mozley, author of Man Booker Prize finalist, Elmet
I loved it.
- Bryan Brown, multi award-winning film and television actor
A smart debut. Beautifully atmospheric with its great sense of time and place.
- Melina Marchetta, author of Looking for Alibrandi
It is addictive. It is mysterious. It is compulsive and it is going to be one of the big books of 2019.
- Jon Page, Pages&Pages Booksellers
The Van Apfel Girls are Gone calls to mind The Virgin Suicides, Picnic at Hanging Rock with a dash of To Kill a Mockingbird. Certainly the writing bears the comparison.
- Kate Downey, The Leaf Bookshop
I deeply admire the languid, lived-in prose of Felicity McLean’s lovely novel…
- Hannah Pittard, author of Visible Empire
It is page-turning literary fiction, in the same vein as Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey, or more recently, Holly Throsby’s work.
- Annie Condon, Readings
…eerily dreamy, filled with unknowable secrets in the form of blonde, barefoot ghosts in cotton dresses.
- The Saturday Paper
Sharp, mysteriously moving and highly entertaining.
- Robert Drewe, Walkley Award-winning journalist and author
This novel is one that will haunt readers long after they have turned the last page.- Angela Elizabeth, Books+Publishing
…McLean’s book sings its own song.
- The Australian
- The Sun Herald
How do you escape your childhood? This compelling mystery by Felicity McLean has a rare depth of psychological and emotional truth. It will engage your heart.
- Delia Ephron, New York Times bestselling author of Siracusa
Engrossing and goosebumpy from start to finish… a novel that is as delightful as it is terrifying, and just scary good.
- Tim Johnston, bestselling author of Descent and The Current
McLean’s prose is masterfully compressed.
- The Sydney Morning Herald
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
A wry, sad coming-of-age story and a well-crafted first novel.
- Kirkus Reviews
A 2019 thriller you need to know.
- Bustle