Incest is not a hushed topic in this novel but rather a tantalizing, twisted celebration of haunting love. After her mom’s suicide, sixteen-year-old Lane returns to Roanoke, a rural but oil-rich farm in Kansas, to finally meet and live with her grandparents and her cousin, Allegra, in the privileged style that seven other Roanoke girls have enjoyed. All of the girls except Allegra and Lane have either run away or suffered tragic accidental deaths; when Lane suspects the sordid truth behind their stories, she runs away as fast as she can. Years and many hard times later, her grandfather calls to say that Allegra has disappeared and begs Lane to return to Roanoke. Because of her ongoing deep affection for her cousin, she returns to help search and ease her guilt at abandoning Allegra that summer so long ago. Engel weaves between the past and present to reveal the heart of the dark family truth. Engel’s first adult novel is just that – for adults only. – Guest Reviewer Bunny Hand
— From Bunny's Books
"With more twists than a bag of pretzels, this compelling family saga may make you question what you think you know about your own relatives."- Cosmopolitan
"Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die."
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.