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Books for Adults: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

After her mom's suicide, fifteen-year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin Allegra on their huge home in provincial Kansas. Path knew little of her mom's strange family, however she immediately held onto life as one of the rich and lovely Roanoke young ladies. In any case, when she found the dull truth at the heart of the family, she ran- - quick and far away. After eleven years, Lane is unfastened in Los Angeles when her granddad calls to disclose to her Allegra has disappeared. Did she run as well?

Books for Adults: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

The Roanoke Girls Book Cover The Roanoke Girls
Amy Engel
Mystery, Fiction, Thriller
Crown
March 7, 2017
Hardcover
279
Adult

 
After her mom's suicide, 15yo Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and cousin Allegra at their huge home in provincial Kansas. Lane knew little of her mom's strange family, however she immediately fell into teenage life as one of the rich and lovely Roanokes. Eventually, when she began to learn the horrid truth at the heart of the family, she ran- - quick and far away. After eleven years, Lane leaves Los Angeles when her granddad calls to let her know Allegra has disappeared. Did she run as well? What happened to her?
 

 
After her mom's suicide, fifteen-year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin Allegra on their huge home in provincial Kansas. Path knew little of her mom's strange family, however she immediately held onto life as one of the rich and lovely Roanoke young ladies. In any case, when she found the dull truth at the heart of the family, she ran- - quick and far away. After eleven years, Lane is unfastened in Los Angeles when her granddad calls to disclose to her Allegra has disappeared. Did she run as well?
 
A tragic story of the girls of Roanoke who either died or ran away as far as they could never to be heard from again.
 
What was going on at Roanoke and why did that place mess up her mother so much? Until that first summer living with her Grandad and Gran did she begin to uncover the truth of her family’s dark and disturbing past.
 
I loved the format of the book. Engel jumped back and forth from Then (the first summer Lane spent at Roanoke after her mother’s suicide) to Now (about 10 years later when she came back after her cousin’s disappearance). Sprinkled throughout the book there are vignettes of each of the Roanoke women giving you information in pieces that add to the need to know what the heck happened in that house! One night I laid awaiting sleep and couldn’t stop thinking about how to the book would end…what were the missing pieces I still needed to solve this puzzle? Every few chapters I would flip back in the book to look at the family tree or to connect some dots given in earlier chapters that seemed less important at the time.
 
While I enjoyed the reading, the subject matter is less than favorable. I told Xavier she could read it when she was 35 and she gave me that ‘oh come on, mom’ look. 🙂
 
The Roanoke Girls Book Image by Amy Engel Beautiful Book Club
 
You can read a little snippet of the book here.
 
I received this book from BloggingforBooks.com for an honest review.
 


 

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