Book Review


Rating: 4 / 5

THE ROANOKE GIRLS by Amy Engel is set at the Roanoke family’s estate. Lane was sent to live there with her grandparents and her cousin after her mother committed suicide. Her mother didn’t tell her a lot about her life at Roanoke, but made it clear she never wanted to go back herself.

Lane has left the family estate, but she returns when she gets a call that her cousin has gone missing. The Roanoke girls have a long history of running away or early deaths and Lane feels the need to return. While there, her memories of the past and her past relationships with her grandparents, her cousin and some of the locals are revived including some of the dark history in her family tree.

I picked this book up to fulfill a reading prompt for a book with a family tree and it truly is a read that holds the family tree at its center. This is a dark and twisted and disturbing book so it is a little odd to say that I enjoyed it? It was incredibly well written and it is one that has stuck with me, but do be warned there are major triggers for abuse and incest.

The book starts off hinting at some of the issues in the family, but the author does an amazing job of bringing the reader along as Lane confronts her own past. The dark and ugly secrets are brought out in a very readable way that keeps you flipping the pages.

This isn’t going to be a book for everyone, but I found it to be a very good read that really drew me in!

Reading Challenges:

#PopsugarReadingChallenge – a book with a family tree

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