The Van Apfel Girls are Gone by Felicity McLean

This debut by Australian author, Felicity McClean, is a tantalizing page-turner. This exciting novel is a mystery and coming-of-age story in one. Tikka remembers her childhood--she grew up in a small Australian river valley. One incident irrevocably changed the Tikka's life: the summer of 1992. Her neighbors, Corrie, Hannah, and Ruth, disappeared one fateful day. … Continue reading The Van Apfel Girls are Gone by Felicity McLean

Book Review: The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley

The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley is a retelling of Beowulf and a social critique of contemporary society. On many levels, it succeeds. Gated community residents label anyone who live outside their boundaries "monsters". Dana and her ancestors have actually lived on the mountain long before it was turned into a high-end suburb. After serving … Continue reading Book Review: The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley

Book Review: I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell

This is a new memoir by novelist Maggie O'Farrell who lived through some horrifying experiences--seventeen brushes with death. Some are more chilling than others, like the time she met and almost succumbed to a serial killer. Other times were less dramatic like the time that she jumped off a harbor wall into the sea from … Continue reading Book Review: I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell