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The Roanoke Girls: the addictive Richard & Judy Book Club thriller 2017 by Amy Engel

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List Price: £7.99

 

Paperback: 288 Pages.

Published: 10 August 2017 by Hodder Paperbacks

ISBN: 1473648408

EAN: 9781473648401

'Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.'

The girls of the Roanoke family - beautiful, rich, mysterious - seem to have it all. But there's a dark truth about them that's never spoken.

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?

Reviews

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Lacked Suspense & Really Rather Grim

When Lane's Mother dies she goes to live with her grand-parents in fairly isolated small town in Kansas. The family have a secret and everyone is damaged.

I have to start with a big positive about how well written this book is in terms of description. The vocabulary is great and the author really manages to conjure up pictures in the mind of the reader. I saw the run down, dusty town and the old rambling house, Roanoake) with no problems at all.

Unfortunately as thrillers go it was rather predictable and lacked suspense. There is a "big secret" which wasn't a secret to anyone reading the book. It all became very obvious quite early on meaning that there was no suspense leading up to a climax. The story panned out in a fairly logical manner to a reasonable conclusion.

I struggled with the characters in this book. Usually, even in the grimmest books, there is a character that you are rooting for. SomeoneĀ  whose corner you'd fight and who you'd like to see have a happy ending. I really struggled to find anyone with any redeeming features. Everyone is damaged - Lane had a loveless and difficult relationship with her mother leaving her not knowing what love is & how to appreciate people as opposed to hurting them. Her cousin Allegra who has lived with her grandparents since birth is attention seeking and more than a little damaged by "the big secret". There are workers in the house, young people in the town and Lane's grandparents who are all struggling with secrets and difficulties. I did feel slight compassion for Lane but not enough to really care about her. Plenty of people through the years have known about the wicked things taking place in RoakoakeĀ  but no one lifted a finger to help them. Not even Lane when she left.

I have to say that I do wonder why there is quite so much hype about this book. I loved the description but the rest was mediocre and, to be perfectly honest, quite grim. There is nothing to smile about & no one I cared about.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley

 
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