The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
Narrator: Brittany Pressley
Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
Date Read: March 2017
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.
Listened for Review (Penguin/Random House)
Overall Rating: 3.00
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 2.50
Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not Part of the Overall Rating)
Quick Thoughts: I don’t know the right way to convey how I feel about this book. It is truly disturbing on pretty much every level. Plus there are very few characters with any redeeming qualities (Cooper was really the only one I liked but only mildly). In the end I gave it a 3 because I had to know what happened. I was very unhappy with the end but give the author credit for nailing how a small town dept would deal with it. Some people will “love” (not in a love way but in a compelling way) this book though. It was dark and twisted.
WARNING: this could be a trigger story for some so search out minor spoilers before starting (I say minor because it is told to you in the first 20% of the story). In the end, I don’t necessarily recommend this but I can say that I know people who would find it a worthy read.
Narrated By Brittany Pressley / Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
I will say this: if you are going to read this book then you need to listen to the audiobook. Brittany did a really good job bringing these wretched characters to life. She nailed their nuances and emotions that would burst out in moments. I thought it was really well done!
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