The contents of this book had me in a whirlwind of captivation, despite the disturbing truth that comes with the Roanoke legacy. The one thing I loved most about The Roanoke Girls is that it pointed on something that is very real for some people and families and the lesson at the end doesn't sugar coat it and the author clearly did enough research to ensure that anyone reading this that might be able to relate won't feel like their experience was represented badly. I personally don't know what it is like since I've never gone through what the Roanoke girls did but I can imagine that it would be almost exactly how it was portrayed in the book.
Lane Roanoke was the sole focus of this novel, the story being told mainly through her eyes, though many of the multiple POV's were from the other dead Roanoke girls, such as Lane's mother, Camilla, her sisters and her aunties before her. All in all, Amy Engel did the most amazing job at switching between when Lane went to live with her cousin, Allegra, after her mother died when she was 16, and when she came back after Allegra went missing 11 years later. Never once did I get confused as to who I was reading about or what was happening and I definitely enjoyed how the story played out even though there were some tear-jerking scenes that broke my heart.
This book breaks from the typical themes that most books show and I loved that even though the reality of this story was pretty out of the ordinary and scarily real for some people, it committed to being tender to the touch, a great thriller, and overall a gripping read that you all should pick up.