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Book Review: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

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Hey Everyone,

Today I have a review for you for The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel.


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 I Thought About The Book.

I had seen The Roanoke Girls dotted about on Instagram posts but I didn’t really know much about it. I discovered it on offer on Kindle for 99p so I quickly jumped on it.

I decided to read a quick chapter one day when my toddler was sleeping, without any intention of actually reading it fully yet. Needless to safe that didn’t go to plan.

Before I knew It I was 5 chapters in. I couldn’t put it down. The seamless flow of chapters blended the story perfectly. I enjoyed reading about Lane, this is a girl who has many issues and flaws and doesn’t apologise for it. As the book continues we have the occasional chapter from another of the Roanoke Girl’s perspective.

The story is dark and compelling, although it becomes evident early on what is occurring you find yourself drawn in, still needing to know…what happened to Allegra?

Each of the characters we are introduced to have a unique and appealing personality, whether it is to hate them or to love them.

I would 100% recommend this to any reader. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Dark, Compelling and Utterly Unique.

If you think this book could be for you then you can get a copy here on Amazon UK.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

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