ARC Review: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
March 7, 2017
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Pages: 288 pages
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Synopsis: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.
Wow, this is a dark, twisted and disturbing book with a hopeful ending. It seems that all the Roanoke girls have issues and die young, usually by their own hand. After Lane's mother died Lane is brought to live with her grandparents and cousin Allegra who is a strange and disturbed young woman. Though the two cousins grow close eventually Lane like other Roanoke girls flees the family home but gets called back 11 years later when her cousin goes missing.
As Lane desperately tries to discover what happened to her cousin she also is reconnecting with her past love whose heart she broke when she left. The two are drawn to each other but this time instead of bringing out the worst in each other they may just be able to help each other break free of their pasts. With alternating chapters from past to present you discover the mystery of what goes on in Roanoke and why there is so much tragedy in this family.
This book is tragic and yet in the end you find hope that Lane will be able to break free and be happy unlike the other Roanoke girls before her. Amy Engel keeps you interested and slowly pulls you into the secrets of what is happening in this strange little town. Many of us are shaped by our pasts but we don't have to be defined by them. Lane doesn't have to be a " Roanoke Girl" she can be her own person. This book really touches on that and how we don't have to let tragedy or our families control our future. Well written this book will stay with me for a while.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher through netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.