The Roanoke Girls

The Roanoke Girls

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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Returning to her family's Kansas estate in the hopes of discovering the fate of her missing cousin, Lane reconnects with a young man from her past and is confronted by dark family secrets that prompted her to flee years earlier.
Publisher: New York :, Crown/Archetype,, 2017
ISBN: 9781101906675
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Mar 14, 2019

Think Sharp Objects meets Flowers in the Attic. This weirdly fascinating bit of Gothic horror is a helluva ride from start to toxic ending. Well crafted characters in an emotionally volatile house of terror is a book that is not for the faint of heart. The material here is terribly disturbing, but it is as if the appalling charm of the Andrews pulp fiction is transcribed into a literary setting by someone who can actually write. It is not a book that one wants to read periodically, and it is certainly not suitable for younger readers. However, it has a morbid appeal all the way from the introduction of the lost main character who is sent to a place of mysteries to try to find love, and finding only a legacy of shame, pain, and utter evil. A transgression of all that is morally acceptable, but Ms. Engels writes in a way that keeps you turning the pages, and rooting for the characters until the shocking and tragic denouement.

Mar 29, 2018

Wow! I never expected to like this book, and I can't say I did "like" it, but neither could I tear myself away from it. A bit like watching a snake charmer, and waiting for the cobra to strike!
Certainly not for the squeamish.

JCLHelenH Jun 08, 2017

There’s a lot of love in this story. Love that’s a lot like functional alcoholism. It seems to work on the surface, but over time it’s just not sustainable. Despite the early reveal of the family secret The Roanoke Girls compels to the very end.

Jun 04, 2017

Wow! This was an emotionally charged book written about a very taboo subject. I have to just say that I LOVED this book! Somehow this book manages to his every emotion. This is a coming of age, dark and twisted, powerful story of love. It hit every emotion cover to cover.

Every character in this book has some sort of flaw. A damage done to them that has scared them and made them even more interesting. There wasn't a single character that didn't fascinate me.

The Roanoke Secret is revealed pretty early on. It isn't hard to figure it out, yet it isn't a secret that is flat out revealed. You know what the secret is yet the story keeps going. This books switched back and forth between present day and the summer of secrets. I finished this book in about 3 days.

There is no BIG REVEAL at the end of this twisted, messy story. Rather, all the pieces seem to fall into place letting the reader see the entire picture all at once instead of bits and pieces. The end of the story left my mouth hanging open in awe.

I highly recommend this. I am so thankful for Netgalley and Crown Publishing for allowing me a copy to read and review!

Get your copy now and start reading!

A 5+ star read for me!

Happy Reading!

ehbooklover Jun 04, 2017

Wow. This was an incredibly disturbing yet unputdownable book. I was immediately drawn into the story thanks to the complicated characters, the atmospheric setting, and the author's engaging writing style. Loved this one!

May 25, 2017

This was a disturbing story line, but I couldn't stop reading this to find out everything about this strange family. Not for everyone, but found it to be a solid read.

JCLDianeH Apr 25, 2017

Disturbing and compelling, this dark fiction highlights the long-term, rippling effect a buried secret can have on a family.

Apr 24, 2017

Somber theme dominates the story of this but not much. Kept me interested half-way through the book, but it dissolved at the end. Touchy and important subject but as a psychological thriller fan I was expecting more. Not enough to recommend.

Mar 29, 2017

This book was amazing. Well written, handled sensitive (translate taboo/disturbing) storylines well (if you followed it through) and had realistically flawed characters. I hoped I knew where it was going but had my doubts more than once which kept me hooked. If you can't handle that ugly situations are a part of our world then you probably shouldn't read this one.

Mar 24, 2017

Well this book won't be for everyone as the subject is taboo. But boy, it is well written and kept me turning the pages. A dark and twisty plot, a good cast of of really messed up characters, unsettling secrets of a disturbing family, and the final Roanoke girl who tries to end the cycle. I would recommend this to those who liked All the Ugly and Wonderful Things.

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Mar 26, 2017

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