Book Review: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel


The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

Genre: Mystery/Fiction

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

After Lane’s mother commits suicide, she is sent to live with her maternal grandparents and cousin, Allegra.  Lane’s grandparents are eager to make her part of the Roanoke family and she quickly settles into her new life.  She is entranced by their beautiful home, her new friendship with her cousin and the seemingly stable family dynamic; so different from the one she experienced growing up with her mom.  Lane’s new reality is shattered when she uncovers a horrific family secret – one that will change her view of both her new family and herself.

The story alternates between the summer Lane went to live with her grandparents and eleven years later when she is forced to return.  The secret is revealed pretty early on and the plot then focuses on what happened to both Lane and Allegra in the aftermath.

The plot isn’t graphic but it is disturbing.  It was sad to learn what happened to each of the Roanoke girls and what they all had in common.  It was also unsettling to find out that certain people had suspicions about what was happening to the Roanoke girls – and some down right knew – and did nothing to put a stop to it.  The author did a great job of bringing the characters to life and revealing how they were all affected by the sinister family secret.

If you are looking for a unique plot with compelling characters, I would highly recommend this book!  I flew through it and couldn’t wait to find out what happened to Lane and Allegra.  I will say, it was difficult to read at times, and may be a little too disturbing for some readers.

Have any of you read this one?  What did you think?

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