Book Review: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

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Dear Bookworms,

This weeks read was provided to me for free by Library Thing, in exchange for an honest review.

After her mothers suicide, 15 year old Lane Roanoke is sent to live with her maternal grandparents and spitfire cousin Allegra, in rural Kansas. Having never met her mothers family, Lane settles into life on the farm as one of the privileged Roanoke girls with ease. Over the course of one hot summer, Lane’s life is forever changed as insidious family secrets worm their way to the surface, causing Lane to pick up and run, leaving behind her brokenhearted boyfriend and cousin. 10 years later she is called back home when her cousin Allegra turns up missing. A decade later, but no further from the emotions that made her run all those years ago, Lane must come face to face with her past as she works to uncover the truth of what happened to Allegra. 

When I got this book in the mail, I was pretty “meh” about it. Don’t get me wrong- the blurb sounded alright and I didn’t think it would be a bad read, but nothing about it really screamed “THIS IS GONNA BE GREAT- READ ME IMMEDIATELY”. But y’all….I’m sitting here like ermahgerd after finishing it just now. It’s told from alternating time periods, both then (when Lane came to live on the farm at 15) to now (upon her return when Allegra goes missing) with a couple of chapters sprinkled in from other women from the Roanoke line whose stories weave their way into the main plot. If a V.C Andrews book had a baby with Gone Girl, this would be it’s love child. A deliciously creepy page turner that brings all the skeletons out of the Roanoke family’s closet. The alternating chapters strung me along giving me hints and clues, one sickening puzzle piece after the other until the culmination of it all finally revealed the disturbing truth. Jane and Allegra were such beautifully broken characters, head strong, but fractured women who really wormed there way into my heart. Battling his own inner demons, Cooper was such a solid rock throughout the homecoming experience for Lane. Rekindling his relationship with Lane was interesting to watch, especially considering Lane’s destructive personality. I cannot recommend this book enough and am still sitting her thinking about how twisted and disturbing the whole thing was. Brava Amy! 

Check out Amy Engels website here & grab copy of Roanoke Girls from Amazon here!

See y’all next week!






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