Extremely Uncomfortable Doesn't Begin to Cover It... - The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel Review

Monday, June 5, 2017
The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel Review

This is definitely one of the harder reviews I've written of late, and it's also probably gonna turn out to be one of my shorter one too. I just don't know what to say... It's not that I didn't like the book per say, it's more like it made me really, really uncomfortable?

Synopsis & Details:

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, read more... 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.

Title: The Roanoke Girls
Series: N/A
Author: Amy Engel
Publication Date: March 7th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Source: I received an arc from the publisher for review consideration (thanks Crown!) this in no way affected my review, cross my heart.

The Roanoke Girls handles some pretty dark stuff, and well, let's just say, a fifteen year old like myself probably shouldn't have been reading a book like this....

In retrospect, the summary really doesn't give much away, so I pretty much had no way of knowing what I was getting into. While it probably would've been much more beneficial for me if the summary had indeed been a bit more transparent, I've gotta applaud whoever wrote it for making it so intriguing without revealing too much, something someone always seems to fail at *glares at the recent tell-all movie trailers* (damn, did I just refer to trailers as sentient beings? My lack of sleep is starting to get to me...).

Once I got into the thick of things and stuff started really creeping me out, it was too late to stop reading because:
  • I needed to finish the book so I could review it.
  • The Roanoke Girls' had already managed to capture my morbid curiosity, and as a result, I desperately needed to know how things ended.

  • So yeah... all I'm gonna say is read at your own risk, and know what you're getting into.

    Be ready for some pretty unconventional and unnerving stuff. The Roanoke Girls is a well written and captivating story, but it's just a bit too disturbing for me, and well, I think it has sufficiently scared me off of Adult Thrillers for a long while to come....

    Some Cover Thoughts:

    Using the picture frames on the cover is a brilliant move. The black and white photographs and the yellow wallpaper set the mood nicely, and it also reveals an integral part of the book without giving away too much, leaving just enough mystery to pull readers in (I'd know, having fallen victim to this cover myself).

    Rating: 3/5 Stars

    Have any thriller recs that maybe won't traumatize me? They would be really appreciated....