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.

Book Review: The Chalk Man

Title: The Chalk Man
Author: C. J. Tudor

About The Chalk Man

A riveting and relentlessly compelling psychological suspense debut that weaves a mystery about a childhood game gone dangerously awry, and will keep readers guessing right up to the shocking ending

In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.
In 2016, Eddie is fully grown, and thinks he’s put his past behind him. But then he gets a letter in the mail, containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank . . . until one of them turns up dead.
That’s when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.
Expertly alternating between flashbacks and the present day, The Chalk Man is the very best kind of suspense novel, one where every character is wonderfully fleshed out and compelling, where every mystery has a satisfying payoff, and where the twists will shock even the savviest reader.

My Review

Ok, to be honest I didn’t have high hopes for this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. I did not guess the actual antagonist until about three pages from when the author told you. I normally can pick out the antagonist & protagonist fairly quickly.

Just when you think you have everything figured out with whom the characters are and how they behave C.J. Tudor will throw you a twist in the story. From the very beginning of the story where the “head” disappears you start to think, “ok, that is the main story line”. Then you realize that nope, that is just part of the story line. Every part of the different story lines all join into one at the end of the books. For a first time author this is a very wonderful thing to complete. I can not wait to see what else C. J. Tudor publishes for all the readers in us.

I recommend this book if you like to be engaged in a book. I read this book in two night and had a very hard time putting it down the first night so I could go to sleep.

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