The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
The Roanoke Girls, by By Amy Engel
" If you love suspenseful stories with a strong sense of place and more than a bit of southern-gothic drama, you'll like Engel's dark family saga as much as I did. The young women of Kansas' Roanoke family seem to have it all - beauty, money, doting parents/grandparents, and no shortage of admirers. So why do they all end up either running away or dying tragically young? And what happens when one of them returns to her ancestral house after a 10-year absence? This is a wild ride that's not for the faint of heart, but really hard to put down." -Recommended by Erika
After her mother's suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother's mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran...fast and far away.
Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.
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.