The Roanoke girls seem to have it all. But there’s a dark truth about them which is never spoken. Every girl either runs away, or dies.
Lane is one of the lucky ones. When she was fifteen, over one long, hot summer at her grandparents’ estate in rural Kansas, she found out what it really means to be a Roanoke girl. Lane ran, far and fast. Until eleven years later, when her cousin Allegra goes missing – and Lane has no choice but to go back.
She is a Roanoke girl.
Is she strong enough to escape a second time?
I guess the first thing I should say is: if incest creeps the fudge out of you, do not pick up this book. There is much incest within its pages. Much incest.
If that’s not a deal breaker though, The Roanoke Girls is a dark and chilling thriller which revolves all around a family estate out in the middle of nowhere, somewhere in Kansas. The story follows our protagonist Lane in two separate timelines; as a fifteen year old heading to Roanoke for the first time after her mother’s suicide, and ten years later, when she returns there after her cousin has vanished.
Through this dual narrative, we discover just what kind of sordid history Roanoke has- not just with Lane and her cousin slash bff Allegra, but with all the Roanoke girls- who have either vanished or died over the years.
Lane, feeling pretty guilty for having upped and left Allegra all those years ago, doesn’t believe Allegra would ever run away- especially not as a grown woman, and she’s determined to find out just what happened to her cousin. She suspects foul play and there’s a whole host of contenders for who might want to kill Allegra; her grandparents, the man she spent her whole life leading on, his wife, the maid. A modern day murder mystery that will have you playing detective as you read along.
As a book, The Roanoke Girls is extremely easy to read; it’s well written, with interesting characters, and jumps from each narrative flawlessly. But given the nature of the story, it’s also a hard read. There are times your skin will crawl, and you’ll find yourself questioning if you even like Lane- she’s not particularly warm or likeable from the get go.
I read the whole thing in two days though, so clearly The Roanoke Girls has that elusive factor soooo many books lack.
I picked it up for 99p on Amazon for my Kindle so give it a shot and see how you find it.
You can find The Roanoke girls here: On Amazon.