Title: The Roanoke Girls
Author: Amy Engel
Date of Publication: March 7th, 2017
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.
What. Was. This. Book.
I was drawn to this book for the fact that I loved the author’s other book, The Book of Ivy. I already knew ahead of time this would be completely different. First it is a mystery book which I normally don’t read, but I would give it a chance anyway. This isn’t your normal type of mystery book here.
Lane, our MC, has to go live with her grandparents in a farm town in Kansas. She meets her cousin Allegra (No, not the medicine), and I could not stand her. Allegra was selfish and messed up. I can understand why, but she still did terrible things, especially to Tommy.
Lane has got to be the worst MC I have ever read in my life, and that is saying a lot. The way she treated Cooper was awful, and for whatever reason he liked he. I don’t understand. Her thoughts were just mean a lot of time for example Tommy’s wife… I mean what did she ever do to her? The way she criticized her looks and also doing the same to Jeff’s wife, etc. Also, I feel like Lane needed to be going to AA meetings, she either got wasted a lot or still had alcohol every time. I mean would it kill her to drink some water?
The chapters are told in now, then, and one chapter from each of the other Roanoke girls. The Roanoke girls chapters made me hate all of them too. These characters weren’t meant to be liked I guess? Cooper was the only person in this whole book I could stand. Everyone else just had me feeling icky sticky.
Now, the writer can write, and I did want to keep reading the story to find out what happened next. There were twists and turns, and I guessed almost every single one except for one. I don’t want to give anything away, but I don’t even know how I feel after reading this book besides sick.
How does this book sound to you?