The Vale Girl

The Vale Girl If you leave no trace nobody could say later whether you were even there at all Fourteen year old Sarah Vale has gone missing in the small town of Banville She s the daughter of the town whore so no

  • Title: The Vale Girl
  • Author: Nelika McDonald
  • ISBN: 9781742612423
  • Page: 400
  • Format: Paperback
  • If you leave no trace, nobody could say later whether you were even there at all Fourteen year old Sarah Vale has gone missing in the small town of Banville She s the daughter of the town whore so no one seems particularly concerned.No one cares except Tommy Johns, who loves Sarah Vale with all the unadulterated, tentative passion of a teenage boy He galvanises the tow If you leave no trace, nobody could say later whether you were even there at all Fourteen year old Sarah Vale has gone missing in the small town of Banville She s the daughter of the town whore so no one seems particularly concerned.No one cares except Tommy Johns, who loves Sarah Vale with all the unadulterated, tentative passion of a teenage boy He galvanises the town s policeman Sergeant Henson and, together, they turn the town inside out, searching for the lost girl.A delicate and layered exploration of secrets and lies, forgotten children and absent parents, and the long shadows of the past.An extraordinary debut from a talented new writer.

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    1. Fifteen year old Sarah Vale was a loner. She had only one friend at school – Tommy Johns. They had been firm friends for a very long time, both had family backgrounds which weren’t “normal” to say the least, with Tommy’s dad rarely being at home, leaving Tommy on his own for weeks and months at a time plus Sarah’s family life was difficult as well; Sarah looked after her mother who was ostracised in the town for her choice of profession, which meant the students at the school were no [...]


    2. Atmospheric and evocative, The Vale Girl is a cleverly written debut novel from Nelika McDonald comprising mystery, shrewd observation and intriguing characters. I’d heard some good remarks about this one so I went in expecting a good read and I got it.The book opens with Sarah Vale, the fifteen-year-old daughter of the town prostitute, being bullied by an arrogant teenage boy and his friends. In some ways it’s nothing new for Sarah, who has always been the child no one was allowed to play w [...]



    3. A story of secrets, lies, ugly truths and the ways in which the past haunts the present, The Vale Girl is a stunning debut by Nelika McDonald. When fourteen year old Sarah Vale, the illegitimate daughter of an alcoholic prostitute, goes missing, the residents of Banville are indifferent. In the absence of the small town's compassion, teenage Tommy Johns, determined not lose another person whom he loves, pushes Sergent Henson to investigate. The narrative shifts between the first person voice of [...]


    4. The Vale Girl is a novel about the teenage daughter of a smalltown prostitute, her disappearance/abduction and subsequent events.I really loved this book, right up until the "twist" (which I won't spoil), which sort of had me saying 'Really?' Not a very satisfying ending at all, and while I'm sure there were some arty intentions, overall it just comes off more like the author didn't know how to finish her story, which would make sense since this is the author's debut novel I believe.That said, t [...]


    5. I found The Vale Girl at my local library and picked it up because of the cover. As soon as I started reading it, it drew me in very quickly. I found the characters easy to connect with, particularly Sarah who is the main character. She is terribly lonely, albeit her one friend in the world, Tommy. I loved Tommy's character. Also incredibly lonely, Tommy is fiercely determined and passionate. The way his character is described made me wonder if he had Aspergers. The small town feel of this story [...]



    6. I heard about this book when a friend in the UK asked me if I could find a copy for him, as he couldn't get it in the UK - not in hard copy, nor as an e-book. It was 'out of stock' in every bookshop here in NZ, and in a recent trip to Australia, I still couldn't get a copy - not even at the shop that specialised in 'Australian' authors - despite it being by an Australian author?! With such low bookshop support I was dubious at buying it, even though I am in a region approved for purchasing it o [...]


    7. I just had to read this novel once I saw the cover. It is seriously one of the best examples of cover art used to sell a book that I have seen. The story is about a young girl, the Vale girl, who goes missing but no one seems to care. She has been invisible to the townspeople where she lived because she is bullied and also 'the prostitute's daughter.' But she stares out at us from the cover, front and centre and up close so the reader can't ignore her. This is her story as she tells it.When Sara [...]


    8. This is a debut? Seriously? I thought the characters and story were very well written - the writing is just beautiful, evocative, reflective, real, compelling. I loved the observations the author has made about small Australian towns, and the way she writes places you there, easily, so you are part of the story almost. The story itself is not complex and thankfully didn't develop into something really sinister (for a while I thought we were going down "The Lovely Bones" path!). Sarah Vale is the [...]


    9. Small towns and their residents are well known for ‘community spirit’ and selfless inclinations.When disaster strikes everyone within the community takes up the cause!!This is apparently not the case in Banville “A charming tourist town, dedicated to filiopietistic homage” and highlighted when Sarah disappears. Banville has an underbelly of denial, avoidance and self-interest. I particularly enjoyed sharing the intimacy of the main characters thoughts. It brought home how delicately robu [...]


    10. 3.5-4 starsThis book has been included in the top 50 books you can't put down and it certainly lives up to that tag. I started reading it in the bath and topped it up many times so I could keep reading. The writer constructed a small Australian town with such realism you felt like you knew were there. The characters were not very likeable but very real. The chapters were all narrated through the eyes of different characters and it was a bit hard to follow at times. If you like Jasper Jones then [...]


    11. This is a fabulous book in the vein of Jasper Jones. The lyrical writing has you captivated from the first page. It's one you just can't put down!



    12. Good read, not too many characters basically a girl with a very average life disappears and nobody is very concerned only one boy she has befriended.


    13. The Vale Girl, debut novel by Brisbane writer Nelika McDonald, reminded me very much of Rosalie Ham's The Dressmaker. Set in a small Australian country town in the 80's, this enigmatic mystery involves the disappearance of 15-year-old Sarah Vale. The daughter of the local prostitute, Susannah, and with a family legacy of a history of secrets and generational trauma, when Sarah goes missing, no-one seems to notice or care very much, least of all her alcoholic mother. But her one friend - Tommy Jo [...]


    14. The Vale Girl is the debut novel by Australian author Nelika McDonald. An intriguing tale, The Vale Girl explores small town dynamics and prejudice and how a teenage girl can go missing without a trace.Residing in the small town of Banville, Sarah Vale is fifteen years old, she’s the target of bullies, she’s vulnerable to abuse and her mother is the town prostitute. Everyone likes to pretend that the house doesn’t exist or that they are superior to the Vale girls and yet her mother has qui [...]


    15. When fifteen year old Sarah Vale, resident of the small gold rush town of Banville goes missing, no one in the town seems to bat an eyelid. Sarah, being the daughter of the town prostitute has meant that she has been an outsider all of her young life. When Sarah disappears seemingly without a trace, it is left up to Sarah’s only friend Tommy to find out what has happened to her. Tommy, realising he cannot search for Sarah alone, teams up with a local dedicated police sergeant . Soon the suspic [...]


    16. Welcome to Banville, a small country town popular with day-trippers from Sydney; home of the annual Grevillea festival and also to 14-year-old Sarah Vale and her best - and only - friend Tommy. Both are outsiders, forced to grow up too soon, taking care not only of themselves but of their absent or absent-minded parents. Sarah's alcoholic mother is the town prostitute and Tommy's father, a grieving widower, has taken to 'going bush' for long stretches of time. So when Sarah disappears one sunny [...]


    17. I received this copy of "The Vale Girl" from TRR & Pan Macmillan in exchange for an honest review."Misery met violence down dead-end streets on hot nights and despair festered like an open gunshot wound. But nobody called the doctor -- they said they never even heard the shot."(*I love the above quote from page 37.)This debut novel shows all the hallmarks of a potentially good writer, certainly one to look out for in the future.The book takes off with a good pace and gets you interested very [...]


    18. I received his book as a First-reads win in a giveaway.Synopsis: Sarah Vale, teenage daughter of Banville's resident lady-of-ill-repute goes missing and no one seems to care except for Tommy Johns and Sergeant Henderson.This book is currently being promoted in the Get Reading Top 50 Books You Can't Put Down guide.I found it to be quite an engaging read, despite some slow spots during which the characters become particularly introspective. Given that this book is set in a rural community, the sl [...]


    19. Thank you Nelika McDonald and Pam Macmillan Australia for providing me with this engaging novel. A solid debut performance by author Nelika McDonald. I really enjoyed this fast paced contemporary novel that features astute character development and brilliant observational qualities depicting small town middle class Australia in the 1980’s. As Edmund Burke is reputed to have said “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”, and this theme is very evident [...]


    20. Great read, it took me awhile to get into this book, but I am glad I stuck with it. Lots of twists and turns, some you see coming and others not so much.The story is based around a girl who is looking after her alcoholic prostitute mother in a small town, where many judge the daughter to be the same as her mother. The story behind Suzannah becoming a alcoholic and a prostitute is one that you hear often, with an abusive, bully for a father, but small town mentality of not rocking the boat leads [...]


    21. I would like to thank first reads and nelika McDonald for my free copy of The vale girl in exchange for an honest review.The story is about a small idyllic country town named banville. Where many tourists come and spend their holidays. But behind the sunny tourist brochures and into the lives of the banville residents is life really that idyllic. When young sarah Vale goes missing the towns dirty washing comes out for all to see.This was a fabulous teen read, very poignant. the story had so man [...]


    22. While not usually a fan of the mystery/drama genre, I really liked this book. I could easily picture the town the author created - there are just as many small towns like that in the U.S. as there are in Australia (heck, my small town has its own annual festival that we all go to even tho we know one year is going to be just like any other) - and the ins and outs of the residents' lives are given in enough detail that I felt like I knew who was arguing with who, how the cliques were made up, and [...]


    23. Very thoughtprovoking. Will definitely take some thinking about to formulate the wordsNelika McDonald has written a heartbreaking and haunting debut that will be sure to have readers on the look out for her next offering, I know I will.The Vale Girl is set in the small town of Banville, in the middle of nowhere. It is a picturesque and historic town that attracts many tourists, especially during the annual Grevillea Festival. The tourists flock to town and they see the quaint main street, and al [...]


    24. More an observation of Australian small town close mindedness and parochialism than the crime thriller it initially appears as. Over the course of this well-crafted book, you gain insights into the lives and histories of the various going-nowheres that dwell in fictional Banville, NSW. It's enlightening to read the struggles and hopes of this largely hopeless cast as they putter through life. Even the titular Vale Girl, Sarah, seems lost to her rural fate as a non-entity.This book serves better [...]


    25. This book was partly spoilt by reading a review which gave away a good line that does not come until quite near the end of the book. The review also criticized the characters for being stereotyped. In someways they were but I still had sympathy for them and felt they could have been real. The vale girl, Sarah Vale, vanishes but not before we have learnt her background story. Bullied and isolated at school in the small country town, only daughter of the town prostitute, father unknown. The reader [...]


    26. Really enjoyed this. Didn't expect the ending at all, definitely wasn't what I thought was happening! Well written, beautiful description of life in a country town in the 80's. The characters all seemed very real.I could relate to 15 year old Sarah who is bullied and looked down on. The isolation the character feels is very well handled. I loathed the bully, who's name I have blanked on. Wow was I hoping he got his in the end! Her mother, the town prostitute with a drinking problem, is also very [...]


    27. I loved this book! The story of the disappearance of 15 year old Sarah Vale, the self-sufficient (as she has to be) daughter of the local small town prostitute. The townspeople of Banville have no interest in her disappearance, the town's tourist attracting Grevillea Festival being more important to the community at large. Only best friend Tommy, and the local policeman Sgt Henson are determined to find her. For a debut novel this is pretty impressive, every character mentioned is fleshed out su [...]


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