As one of my summer reading recommendations, The Roanoke Girls, by Amy Engel, really stands out. This book is memorable and emotionally compelling. In this book you quickly learn that “Roanoke girls never last…in the end, [they] either run or [they] die.” The mystery of the book is learning what happened to these girls.
The Roanoke Girls: A Book Review
The story begins with Lane, a fifteen year old girl who loses her mother to suicide and goes to live with her grandparents and her spitfire of a cousin, Allegra. It goes back and forth between the past and the present, with the story unraveling what has happened to each girl in between. And if you think your family is dyfunctional, this family might challenge your beliefs. Something just isn’t right in this house, and Lane searches for answers.
The Roanoke Girls is shocking and gripping. It examines the secrets families keep and how love becomes a binding force that both keeps the family together and tears them apart. To say any more would spoil the book for you, but it’s definitely a must read. It kept me captivated from beginning to end!
About the Author
AMY ENGEL is the author of the young adult series The Book of Ivy. A former criminal defense attorney, she lives in Missouri with her family. This is her first novel for adults.
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I received The Roanoke Girls for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my unbiased review. This article contains an affiliate link, which helps me keep this blog alive. Thank you for reading! If you want a copy of the book, you can find it here or anywhere where books are sold. I highly recommend this book for your summer reading list. It’s a great beach read!