The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

Posted February 20, 2017 by Christy || 1 Comment

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
The Roanoke Girls by Amy EngelThe Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
Published by Crown on March 7th 2017
Pages: 276
Format: e-ARC
Source: Publisher

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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Before I say anything else, let me say this. This book is seriously dark and it will not be for everyone. The things that happen in this book are disgusting and the fact that everyone acted like it was no biggie made this a very difficult read for me and it’s something that will turn a lot of readers off. With that being said, the writing and the mystery is what kept me going even though I was seriously disgusted with most of these characters.

It’s no secret that I loved Engels YA duology, The Book of Ivy, so when I saw another book with her name on it, I immediately added it to my TBR without first reading the summary. Let me be clear, this is not a YA book. I somehow missed this in my excitement. It didn’t deter me though, so after getting approved to read an early copy, I immediately jumped in and devoured this book within a day.

To say these characters are messed up would be the understatement of the century. Because of this, it’s very hard to feel any sort of connection with any of them. I felt bad for every single Roanoke girl, the things that are taught that are ok is sickening and it killed me that no one was doing anything about it. Like I said above, the only thing that kept me reading was the phenomenal writing and the mystery behind Allegra’s disappearance. Well, that and Connor.

Connor was the character that stood out most to me and one that I actually liked. While I didn’t hate Lane, our MC, I disagreed with a lot of her choices, but in the end, her loyalty to Allegra and her refusal to give up on learning the truth really made me look at her differently. Although, I still wish she would’ve made some different choices to the things she knew about Roanoke.

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

The Roanoke Girls is a dark and disturbing story that had some very difficult things to stomach, I couldn’t stop reading because I had to know how it was going to end.

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One response to “The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

  1. Aw man, I had hoped that you’d have liked this one more, I have been really looking forward to it. Val has it (she’s been shipping my ALA books in spurts hah) so I haven’t had a chance to read it, but I was excited for the same reason as you- I loved Ivy! I knew this wasn’t YA too, but man, this does sound like it will be hard to read. I may give it a go one day but.. I don’t think I am up for it at the moment. Sorry this didn’t work better for you, but thanks for the great review!

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