The Roanoke Girls (Amy Engel)

IMG_0818After 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. 

I
Loved
This
B O O K!

And let me just tell you why right now. You don’t have to pull up a seat, it won’t take long.

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The author’s writing in The Roanoke Girls was just as powerful as the subject matter the book tackled. And hot damn is it a trigger-filled story. Just…absolutely crazy. That’s the only head of warning you get from me.

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

But like I said, the author’s writing and over all the construction and lay out of the entire plot was incredible. Trust it. Embrace it. It will pull you in so far you don’t even see it coming. The alternating past and present scenes did this book so well! It does suck because I did guess the plot twist but that still didn’t steer me away from the book. Not. At. All.

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Basically my stomach churned, my anxiety was sky high, I felt dirty and I cringed so many damn times.

And I LOVED IT!!!

People will judge me for liking this one. I’ll hear about it. And I can’t wait.

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