Author: Amy Engel
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Published: 14th March 2017
Source: Netgalley and Publisher
Date read: 26th April 2017
Synopsis from Goodreads:
A gripping, provocative thriller about the twisted secrets families keep, perfect for fans of The Girls.
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 received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review*
I haven’t read anything by Amy Engel before and I got pulled in by the synopsis of the book but I went in pretty much blind. I didn’t read any reviews as I didn’t want to know what was going to happen. I am attracted to books that are thriller/mystery that revolve around families and their dynamics – so for me this was a sure read.
The Roanoke Girls follows Lane Roanoke, Lane is only 15 but is being sent to live with her Grandparents after her mother committed suicide. Lane’s mother was a very troubled young woman who suffered from a mental health illness, she had trouble bonding with Lane, was always crying and never talked about any other family members.
Lane never knew she had grandparents, let alone met them. Lane arrives at this huge remote estate of the Roanoke’s and there she meets Allegra. Allegra is her Cousin and also living with her grandparents as her mother went missing years ago never to return. After a few days of staying there she realises something is not right in this household. It’s only a few years later when Allegra goes missing that things start coming out of the woodwork!
I had a hard time reading this, not because the writing was awful – the writing was in fact pretty good. It was the subject matter and again it wasn’t because it triggered me in any way it’s just that I read something similar before reading this that was phenomenal that this could not even contend with it.
I felt like not a lot happened in this book, there did feel enough emotion in the book for me. The characters didn’t have enough depth to them, they were annoying and none of them really grew on me. The plot twist was disappointing and predictable. I liked the small chapters about how the past Roanoke girls went missing but overall this book just left me feeling very unsatisfied – it had loads of potential to be something amazing. This is supposed to be adult fiction but I would still put this in the Young Adult genre.
My opinions might have been different if I hadn’t of read a certain book that had the same subject matter so close together.
I would still like to give Amy Engel a change and would like to read ‘The book of Ivy’ duology.
I rated this 2 out of 5 stars.
Have you read this book? What were you thoughts? Do you think I would like The book of Ivy?
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