My Rating: ★★★★☆
Synopsis: 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 Thoughts: The Roanoke Girls surprised me in so many ways. I knew that this book was supposed to be a mystery, but there were other aspects that came out of left field. I did not read the synopsis or any reviews before I started reading. I was aware of the author and her previous works and figured I would give this book a shot.
To say that I enjoyed The Roanoke Girls may sound crazy. This book was dark, disturbing, and uncomfortable. There are some very triggering topics (mainly sexual abuse) covered by this book, but because Amy's writing is so captivating and easy to follow, you want to keep reading to see what happens next. There are also alternating timelines, as well as perspectives from multiple characters, but it never once became confusing or boring. While some of the twists were predictable from very early in the book, the writing is ultimately what made this a 4-star book for me. As a lover of the thriller genre, I think this book will make it on my favorites list. While I can understand how this book may not be for everyone, I really enjoyed it. The Roanoke Girls is a raw look at how your childhood years can really define the person you will ultimately become. I enjoyed this book through its entirety and would recommend it to anyone who likes adult mysteries.
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