The Gaps by Leanne Hall is a contemporary realist YA novel about a crime, rather than being a crime novel. It is a thought-provoking story about Yin who is abducted and the subsequent impact of this on the girls at her prestigious private school. It references other girls who are lost, taken or disappear: fairytales, gratuitous crime novels, and the classic story of Australian schoolgirls, Picnic at Hanging Rock. It explores themes about friendship, fear, victimhood and art and gives the reader plenty to reflect on.
Recommended reading age 14+years. Teaching Notes and BookClub notes are available on the publisher’s website.