Sometimes you get a book that you really think you will love, it has mixed reviews, the title and synopsis do their job by providing enough to pull you in. Then you read the book. This one left me a little deflated, it was not because I didn’t enjoy it because on the whole I did enjoy it. But my confusion with this book is, the subject matter of the story is definitely aimed at adults, but the style of writing, I felt was more YA.
The plot of the story was very basic and disturbing, but due to the simplicity of the writing made it a quick read. The main characters were memorable and well written to a point, but the dialogue again had more of a YA feel, sweeping generalised statements rather than more in-depth that I expected. The descriptions for the Osage Flats did give a good general feel for the area, and I really liked the picture the author built up for me in my head.
The reason for feeling a little deflated were I think, due to the lack of detailed explanations for various questions that arose during and after reading the book, I feel more exploration of family Friends dynamics could have been expanded more, rather that generalised statements. The main idea or plot was given very early on and I did find myself working out the main culprit and reasons behind it quite quickly.
But all that being said, I did read the book very quickly, and did find it quite addictive. I think because of the simplicity of the writing it held my attention, as I did not have to think about what I was reading too much. If you take the adult theme out of the book, it would be ideal for YA readers. I am sure this will appeal to many readers who want a quick, shock read.
I would like to thank Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for my copy of this book for my honest and unbiased review.
Vowing to discover the fate of her missing cousin, a woman returns to her family’s Kansas estate where she spent one haunting summer as a teen, and where she discovered the dark heart of the Roanoke clan that left her no choice but to run.
Lane Roanoke is fifteen when she comes to live with her maternal grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, at the Roanoke family estate in rural Osage Flats, Kansas, following the suicide of her mother. Lane knows little of her mother’s family, other than the fact that her mother ran away years before and cut off all contact with her parents. Allegra, abandoned by her own mother at birth and raised by her grandparents, introduces Lane to small-town life and the benefits of being one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But there is darkness at the heart of the Roanoke family, and when Lane discovers its insidious pull she has no choice but to run, as far and as fast as she can.
Eleven years later, Lane is scraping by in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls with the news that Allegra has gone missing. “Come home,” he beckons. Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to Osage Flats, determined to find her cousin and assuage her own guilt at having left Allegra behind all those years ago. Her return might mean a second chance with Cooper, the boyfriend whom she loved and destroyed that fateful summer. But it also means facing the terrible secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.
As it weaves between the summer of Lane’s first arrival and the summer of 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.
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (10 Aug. 2017)
- Language: English
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