The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
Release Date; 7th March 2017
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.
I have seen this book floating around for a while and was thrilled when I had the chance to review it by Blogging For Books and Netgalley. I knew this book was a mystery and centered around The Roanoke family specifically ‘The Roanoke Girls’. In my opinion it should be shouted from the roof tops and rammed down your throat that this contains themes focused on incestuous sexual abuse, in fact the whole book is centered around many generations of rape and pedophilia.
*this book contains triggers*
After reading the book I had a look at other reviews, many were stating that the readers were unable to finish the book, and I completely understand, it was disturbing and revolting in most places but personally I am a firm believer that no subject should be taboo. I feel like I am rambling…
Before I began the book I had no idea that this was the main focus of the whole book so you can imagine my horror when the themes became clear. After I had gotten over the initial shock I began to enjoy the story more. The book focuses on Lane and her cousin Allegra, the two remaining Roanoke girls, and Lane’s journey to discover the horrific truth of what happened to the her mother, and the other female Roanoke family members, all dead or missing.
Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.
Although the story-line was relatively steady, the books itself made for a compelling read. The intense plot is broken up by chapters alternating between THEN and NOW with sporadic chapters from other family members. It definitely added some interest and variety to the story. Over all I think Engel wrote of disturbing crimes in a very honest, real and tasteful manner.
Story and plot aside I was most impressed with Lane, she was really really likable. Although a confused child at heart with a cruel upbringing she was tenacious and heroic with a great amount of love to give. I loved the relationship between her and Allegra, and between her and Cooper.
My favorite part was the ending, I was hoping and hoping that Lane would find happiness and peace, because honestly, she really deserved it.
Overall it was a great read, with hard hitting themes, a search for justice and a likable main character.
**** A great 4 STAR read ****
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Thank you NetGalley, Crown & Amy Engel
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