The Roanoke Girls
by Amy Engel
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. Goodreads Synopsis
This book gave me very mixed feelings. I love the way it is written, glimpses into the past, varying narrators and the skill of letting the reader know exactly what was happening without saying what was happening.
The subject matter was iffy. I don’t want to give any spoilers away, but this family is disturbed and probably has a lot of triggers for some readers.
I would be very interested to read another book by Amy Engel, as I loved her writing.
Thank you to Blogging for Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.