Everyone wants to be a Roanoke girl.
But you won’t when you know the truth.
Lane Roanoke is fifteen when she comes to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin at the Roanoke family’s rural estate following the suicide of her mother. Over one long, hot summer, Lane experiences the benefits of being one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls.
But what she doesn’t know is being a Roanoke girl carries a terrible legacy: either the girls run, or they die. For there is darkness at the heart of Roanoke, and when Lane discovers its insidious pull, she must make her choice…
I haven’t heard a ton of hype around this book, and I was secretly hoping I was discovering a new gem, but not really sure that’s what happened with this book. It’s been a week since I finished this book, and honestly I’m still not 100% sure how I feel about it. I guess the best place to start is with what I do know.
This book does not paint a picture of a traditional midwestern family. The Roanoke’s are just… well there really isn’t an easy way to put it. They’re different. That’s all I want to say without flat out ruining the book.
This book centers around two cousins Lane and Allegra (love that name btw), and one summer that they spend at their grandparent’s farm called Roanoke in a tiny town in Kansas. The book flips back and forth in a then, and now fashion. the story is told from Lane’s perspective. Lane has her demons but over all she’s as normal as can be under her circumstances. Allegra on the other hand is more of a free spirit.A crazy free spirit. The narrator shows Allegra as being a wild, beautiful, untamed animal and her actions definitely represent that image. However, I think this story would have been WAY more interesting if it had been told from Allegra’s point of view or if it had been a dual narrator. I think the story fell flat for me, and I think it was missing another piece of the puzzle.
It’s a fairly quick read, and once I got into the story I had to finish it because I had to know how all of it was going to play out.
Read it if you like unreliable narrators and dark and twisty stories.
If you’ve read the book and want to see my thoughts with spoilers or you’re never going to read it and you want to know more about what happens then I guess go to the next page.