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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.
I found this touchy book to be a great read, though it does cover some touchy topics (mainly incest). The characters were well developed and thought out. I love that each one had an edge to them and the depth of detail.
Lane goes from truly having nothing to living the dream quite quickly. She had barely scraped by for years along the side of her mother. However, once her mother dies she learns of her grandparents that want her. Readers will be on the edge of their seats as Lane arrives at their home. Grand in ways Lane never expected, but the walls hold secrets too!
Once Lane gets entangled in all the secrets, she decides to save herself and makes a run for it. She gets an unexpected call after 10 years of hiding from her past, covering her tracks, and making it on her own. The call leads her back to her grandparents in search for an answer of what happened to Allegra. The ending is unexpected and chilling.
I’ve never read anything quite on this level. Engel truly has a way with words and draws readers in, pulling them to the edge of their seat, and leaves you mesmerized. I love her writing style and can’t wait to get my hands on her next book.
While some aspects of this book may be a little more than bargained for, I found this book to be a great read and would recommend it to others. It’s truly a page turner and gives your imagination a twirl.
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