Someone please turn on the lights! I CAN’T SEE!
4.8 brilliant, dazzling dark, dark stars!
About the Book
The Roanoke Girls
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. (less)
It’s still summer my beloved beasts of the dark side! So, another love story! But as promised, another dark, taboo love story. Even darker than the last one. There is everything our darkest nightmares are made off [abuse, pedophilia, incest, rape, etc. etc.] BUT none of it is romanticized or glorified in any way [and yes, I’m looking at you All the Ugly and Wonderful Things]
So, even though this premise was darker…
THIS BOOK WAS SO DAMN GOOD!
I was THRILLED reading this book!
I was in that dark, long corridor where all the pictures of the Roanoke Girls are hung, arms extended in front of me trying to find my way through it, stumbling upon one disgusting and disturbing plot twist after the other. All this while the mysterious eyes of all the Roanoke girls followed me, like in one of those haunted houses attractions!
It was like a horror story, the real kinda horror created by real human monsters inflicting pain and suffering to their victims day after day, year after year, generation after generation.
As in three generation of victims haunted by the same monster!
Hell yeah, this was a great horror story!
First, it was so fantastically Gothic and atmospheric! So murky and raw, all the ugliness of the human condition exposed naked for your shocking and entertainment, like that other gem I loved so much: Things We Lost in the Fire.
[And, man, I’m gonna start babbling now because I can’t even!]
And then [because you are this super clever bookworm that have read tons of books] you KNOW right from the beginning WHAT is wrong.
But no one tells you, you JUST KNOW. And you can help but keep reading because you just want to confirm what you know.
And then you learn the story is even more disgusting than you thought.
And then you go… OMG! YOU PERV!!! I KNEW IT!!! I KNEW IT!!!
And THE END IS SO FREAKING WHAT IT SHOULD BE!
And you feel so satisfied!
And you cannot believe the book is SO good!
And then you go to Goodreads to check on the author because, man, this is so good!
And then you learn that Amy, the author, is a former criminal defense attorney, and then you go: AHA! [No wonder she weaved this story SO DAMN well and made these characters so damn realistic! She KNOWS her stuff!]
And then your are so glad she decided to write a book, and that you decided to read it!
And because it was so good you can wait to write a review and tell everyone…
GO READ THIS BOOK! THIS BOOK WAS SO DAMN GOOD!
Hope you enjoy my Goddreads updates…
What about you?
Have you read a book that wasn’t horror but still made you feel
like you were trapped in a dark corridor with pictures of dead people looking at you?
TELL ME ALL ABOUT IT!
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