Book Review: The Roanoke Girls

Title: The Roanoke Girls
Author: Amy Engel

About Dominion


“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.

My Review

Oh my gosh!!! I did not see this book coming! It was surprising to say the least. Though you do find out the “secret” quite early in the book the final plot twist is a whopper. This book can be a bit confusing in the back & forth you get from the chapters, but you do get the hang of it after about three chapters. The author does a great job of describing details while at the same time leaving you to imagine your own details which is one of the things I love about books.

I highly recommend this book to any reader that likes a drama mystery. It is worth the read even though you may think it is not gonna be worth the ready when you start the book. Just read the first four chapters & if you are not hooked I will be very surprised.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.