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Lane’s mother always told her to stay away from Roanoke but never gave a reason why. After her mother commits suicide, Lane is left with little choice but to go live with her grandparents at Roanoke. It is there, at 15 years old, that she spends the summer bonding with her cousin Allegra. Over ten years later Allegra is missing and Lane must return to Roanoke to help find her. The story shifts from the past to the present as the reader learns what happened that made Lane leave after just one summer at Roanoke, and how it relates to Allegra’s disappearance. This was an interesting mystery that revealed itself piece by piece and left you wanting more. I highly recommend it!
— Rebecca, Atlanta
"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.