Remember that crazy country and western song, I’m my own grandpa…? The lyrics offered a comedic look at the family dynamics created when a man marries an older woman, who also happens to be the mother of his father’s young wife. By ignoring the “step” prefixes, the singer realizes that since he is step father to his father’s wife, and thus his father’s father-in law, he’s effectively, his own grandfather. Talk about complicated relationships. But that was just comedy. When consenting adults engage in complicated relationships and no bloodlines are being crossed, it’s messy but there’s no law against that.
The Roanoke Girls is a look at one Midwestern family dynamics – a rich oil-man Yates, his wife, Lillian and the girls in their household, all of whom either run away forever or die young. When we meet them, Yates and Lillian are grandparents to two teenaged girls, Allegra and Lane, both of whom have come to live in the house because they have one else. What should be a place of safety becomes a haven for incest and rape. Long after Lane has escaped, Allegra is reported missing and Lane returns to try to find out what went wrong, not that anything has ever gone right for any of the Roanoke girls before.
What I Liked About The Novel
- The flashbacks helped to present character development so we got to meet even the characters who weren’t present during the main story.
- Even though I worked out the motive behind the disappearance quite early, there was still some element of surprise at the end
- I felt the size was adequate and the story was told in a good pace
- The cover was interesting and the design represented the story well
What I Didn’t Like
- The plot was vile
- I didn’t like any of the main characters and found it hard to support their choices
I gave this 3 stars because I could appreciate the writing style but I really wanted to rate it lower because I hated the plot so much.