The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel book review



Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.

After her mother’s suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother’s mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran fast and far away. Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again. As it weaves between Lane’s first Roanoke summer and her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart.


This book is deeply dark and provocative. The key focus in this book is sexual abuse and it builds from there. This is one of those books that may be a trigger for some people. The big secret of this book is picked upon in the begging of the book. However i feel like this was a good idea as we get to look deeper into this family and how dark and twisted they are. This book definitely gives your heart a flutter all while you gasp and awe at each twist and turn, making this book hard to out down.While there was plenty of ficus in the main character, I would have liked a little more detail on the supporting cast and maybe a little more history. This book while being dark and disturbing will still suck you in as you want to know more as to why this family is so sick mentally and what happens to them. The book was a dark blend of poetry and immerse writing skills. 4 stars from me. Thank you Blogging 4 Books and Crown publishers for sending me this in exchange for my honest review.


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