Release date - 7th March 2017
Book length - 288 pages
Book Depository - www.bookdepository.com
Amazon UK - The Roanoke Girls
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A gripping, provocative thriller about the twisted secrets families keep, perfect for fans of The Girls.
Beautiful. Rich. Mysterious.
Everyone wants to be a Roanoke girl.
But you won't when you know the truth. Lane Roanoke is fifteen when she comes to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin at the Roanoke family's rural estate following the suicide of her mother. Over one long, hot summer, Lane experiences the benefits of being one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But what she doesn't know is being a Roanoke girl carries a terrible legacy: either the girls run, or they die. For there is darkness at the heart of Roanoke, and when Lane discovers its insidious pull, she must make her choice...
I'm not really sure how to start this review because this book is unlike any other I have ever read, and I want to do it justice without giving too much away. Lane ran from Roanoke and its secrets as a teenager and would never have returned if not for the disappearance of her crazy cousin Allegra. But as she tries to piece together what has happened to Allegra, Lane is forced to recognise the almost hypnotic calling Roanoke casts over the Roanoke girls, as they are known, and she hates herself for feeling connected to it in spite of everything that is wrong with it. As Lane and Allegra's past and present unfolds in front of our eyes, we also get to see the twisted past of the girls that went before, when Lane finally pieces it all together, there are even more terrifying secrets exposed. But can Lane reconcile her past and present and try to find a better future for herself with someone who loves her? Or is the lure of being a Roanoke girl enough to chain her there forever?
THE ROANOKE GIRLS by Amy Engel is dark, disturbing, and deeply unsettling, where the characters and Roanoke itself take on a life of their own which kept me on edge throughout the story and left me unnerved throughout. I could not put this book down because I had to know Lane and Allegra's fate, and even when it was over and I closed the book on the final page, I could not forget about it, which is always the sign of an excellent read.
THE ROANOKE GIRLS by Amy Engel is a brilliantly perturbing novel that is not for the faint-hearted, but not a thriller in the usual sense of the word. There is no one terrifying moment in this superbly written book, but rather an encroaching darkness from the very beginning that settles around you as you read. This book will be top of my list for best books of 2017, and I cannot wait to read more from Amy Engel.
BOOK RATING - 📖📖📖📖📖 5+++++++++
Amy is the author of the young adult series The Book of Ivy. A former criminal defense attorney, she lives in Missouri with her family. The Roanoke Girls is her first novel for adults. For more information:
Website - amyengel.net
Twitter - twitter.com/aengelwrites
Facebook - www.facebook.com/amyengelauthor/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from the Publisher - Hodder & Stoughton
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger from Ireland. Oh and also a wife and mother!
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