Book Review: The Roanoke Girls

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About The Roanoke Girls

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.

My Review

Ok, so this is a really tough one.  There are a lot of AMAZING things about this book.  The author knows how to weave an incredibly captivating story.  I seriously could not put this down.  Having grown up in the Midwest, I felt like I KNEW these characters.  The main character is very deeply developed, which I love. 

That being said.. (spoiler alert here).  If you have triggers that include sexual abuse, this book may not be for you.  I don’t want to go into it too much, but I will just say that there were parts of this book that as a parent were difficult to read for me.   I am not a victim of sexual abuse, but I would think this could be a very hard book to read if you were.  As it is, it is controversial and deals with VERY difficult subjects.  This is definitely an adult only book.  That being said – it’s captivating.  I simply couldn’t “look away”. I cared so much about the characters, I had to keep reading, despite the fact it was distasteful to me, and that says a lot about the author’s craft.  

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