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The Vale Girl

by Nelika McDonald

Fourteen-year-old Sarah Vale has gone missing from the small town of Banville. She’s the daughter of the local whore so no one cares except Tommy Johns, who loves her with all the unadulterated, tentative passion of a teenage boy.

Tommy galvanises the town’s policeman Sergeant Henson, and together they turn Banville inside out, searching for the lost girl.

The Vale Girl is 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.




01 August, 2013

About Nelika McDonald

Nelika McDonald was born in Brisbane in 1983. She lives with her husband in a cosy den of books and cats in Melbourne. She spent her twenties studying, travelling and working in many different jobs. The Vale Girl is her first book.


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