ARC Review: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel


Title: The Roanoke Girls

Author: Amy Engel

Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Suspense

Published: March 7th 2017

Dates Read: 7/21/2017 – 7/22/2017

Source: Blogging for Books

My Rating:

Goodreads SynopsisRoanoke 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.

My ThoughtsI know I am not going to be able to do a good job at reviewing this book. As you all know by now I am not the greatest at putting into words how I feel about a book I read but I am going to try my best.

Let me start by saying I had heard so many people talking about this book before I got it and all of the mixed feelings on it is what made me really want to read it.

The subject matter of this book is taboo and I can understand why people were conflicted about this story. That being said though I think Amy Engel’s writing is addicting. Once I started this book I couldn’t put it down. I was so engaged in this story I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

I think the subject matter was handled in an appropriate manner. The author never glorifies it.

The characters were all well developed and everyone of them had their own set of flaws which I loved. Not one character was made out to be perfect.

When you read this book be prepared to go on an emotional roller coaster. You should be cautious going into this book though because there are potential triggers.

I don’t want to give to much away so I am going to stop at that.

Even though the subject matter of this book is hard to digest I found myself sucked into the story and I ended up really liking it.

* Thanks to Blogging for Books for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Have you read The Roanoke Girls? What are you thoughts on it? Did you find yourself liking the story even though the subject matter was a hard one to digest? I would love to hear from you in the comments.

7 thoughts on “ARC Review: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

  1. I absolutely loved this book! One of my favorites of the books I’ve read this year, hands down. The way the author handled the topic was amazing, never glorifying it or romanticizing it. Plus, the way that she was able to show how different the two female characters saw that same ‘topic’ was incredibly realistic. I also need to write a review for this one, but it’s so hard, because I don’t know how to talk about it, and also, if I mention the ‘topic’ I’m going to be spoiling like the entire plot of the book, so I think you did a great job here! And I’m glad you gave this one 5 stars as well!

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