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.
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Pretty Little Book Review
Release Date: March 7, 2017
The subject matter in this book is not for those who are easily triggered by abuse of any kind. So be aware before going into this novel that if this is a trigger for you then it's probably best to find yourself another read. Because this one... It deals with some pretty heavy stuff. However, it's not in a way that it is thrown in your face rather, it's very understated but still clear to readers what is happening. If this stuff doesn't bother you then by all means read this book. I myself really enjoyed it regardless of the bad things that go on within the family. I think the author wrote a fantastic, Gothic styled mystery that is both disturbing and thrilling all at the same time. The atmosphere is very dark which of course makes sense for what's happening in the story and the characters attitudes and overall personality really work for the book. With that, I have to hand it to the author because she did an amazing job in making this story not only twisted, but extremely intriguing. Everything just fits - kind of like a puzzle when it's finished-.
In addition to all this, the story is told in alternating times (past and present) which mostly come from the main heroine, Lane. For better understanding of the story though, a few secondary characters (if you can really call them that) have some "voices" as well every couple of chapters. I think many readers will like how it is told this way because even though the subject matter is understated and nothing is absolute until close to the end, readers will be able to understand character actions and such. Pretty cool if you ask me!
Lane as a character is not easy to connect with. However, because we are able to learn about her past and present (and essentially what made her into the woman she is in the story) readers will sort of feel a bond with her. I know I did, even though I didn't care for her as an adult.
Added into the disturbing nature of this family (ya know, the Roanoke Girls) is a little murder mystery as well. Seeing as murder mysteries are somewhat of a favorite of mine, I got all giddy when I realized this was part of the story as well. Will you as a reader be able to guess who dun it? Maybe. But my assumptions were way off so I was shocked at the end!
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. Sure it's a heavy novel, deals with some pretty sick things, and is pretty dark in terms of atmosphere, but I think the author did a fantastic job with it. If she continues to write stories like this one I will pick them up for sure!