on March 7th 2017
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Genres: Dark, Family Life, Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Thrillers
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.
Dark, disturbing, thought provoking.
I’m kinda blown away with all the feelings this book left me with. Seriously, I don’t think a single story has impacted me so deeply all year. I’ve read quite a few good books but not many great books. The Roanoke Girls was a great one.
The writing was absolutely terrific. Pure perfection. Not every author can take a storyline like this one and write it properly. There were plenty of times where the author could have steered the narrative the wrong direction but she didn’t. Amy Engel stayed on the right course. She took the reader all the way to the edge without pushing us off the cliff.
Story and Plot:
This entire book was one giant trigger warning. Several disturbing topics were the main plot points. This book will take you out of your comfort zone. I enjoy books that do that. Keeps life interesting, right?!? A friend described this book to me as a train wreck, and that is pretty accurate. I had a feeling in my gut what was going on, but I couldn’t look away. I also couldn’t put this book down and I didn’t want to. I needed to know EVERYTHING!!!
The audiobook narrator had the perfect voice for the role of Lane (main character). She gave the entire tone of the book a somewhat melancholy feel which it was warranted.
Overall, the writing, the plot, and the narration came together to create a perfect storm. I won’t soon forget The Roanoke Girls, one of favorite books of 2017.