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Book Review: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

Book Review: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

Goodreads Summary: “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.”

Published today! This is definitely an intriguing read. Warning – this book may be traumatic for some.

Following my trend of reading books centered around family secrets, the Roanoke Family is no exception. You are met with a family mystery – one that the main character, Lane, is determined to solve. But, in order to do so she must face the truth head-on. And…it’s creepy, irksome even.

Engel’s portrayal of Lane is intriguing. I was hooked by the subtle teases of the truth – how it seeps out.  I found myself hoping that the truth would be different. I particularly liked the clues that Lane follows and the imagery used throughout her search for the truth. Engel spun an intricate web of characters that repeated fail each other. Even those who suspect the truth are reluctant to seek it out. The only let down for me was the way the truth was finally revealed – it was anti-climatic in a way. Definitely a good read though.

4 stars from me.

**I received my copy via Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair and honest review. Thank you to the author and publisher for this opportunity.**

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