The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel


Release Date: March 7, 2017

My Review:

Lane Roanoke is sent to live with her grandparents in Kansas after her mother commits suicide. She is fifteen years old with no other family members to care for her. Lane has no prior connections with her grandparents because her mother left her home as pregnant teen.  The move also gives her a chance to meet with her extended family.

Lane quickly assimilates to living with her grandparents and cousin Allegra at their rural estate. Allegra is the same age as Lane and has always lived with them.  Allegra explains the dysfunctional family tree and a strong bond is formed. She becomes comfortable living with her new family although her cousin’s behavior is erratic.  Lane eventually stumbles upon a horrific family secret that forces her to flee to California.

This novel introduces dark and difficult themes but the author weaves it into an intriguing story. The characters are all flawed individuals but they are interesting and integral to the story. I enjoyed the mixture of emotions and suspense.



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