The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

This family was super-creepy to me from the very beginning. And as you read, their secret becomes very obvious but it is not stated right away. When Lane’s mother kills herself, Lane goes to live with her grandparents on their farm called Roanoke in Kansas. She learns from her cousin, Allegra about the Roanoke girls, all the woman in the family who have died young or ran away. The book is mostly in Lane’s point of view, jumping from past to present with some other shorter chapters with the other now dead Roanoke Girls stories. Lane only stays for one life-changing summer before running away to California, where she stays until getting a call from her grandfather that Allegra is missing. Lane, in coming back to Roanoke, is finally forced to face the past in order to help find Allegra. There is definitely a theme of destructive love and secrets and the question of if people can really change who they are and the future that seems to be made for them based on their family’s past. There is sadness throughout the book but the mystery of Allegra’s disappearance kept me guessing until the very end. I would definitely recommend to mystery lovers!

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars on a Goodreads.

I received a free advanced copy of this book from NetGalley for review consideration.


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