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#Review: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel


30689335The Roanoke Girls

Author: Amy Engel

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Genre/Themes: Fiction, Contemporary, Dark, Thriller, Mystery

Release Date: March 7th 2017

Page Count: 276

Format: eARC provided by NetGalley

ISBN: 9781101906668

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Maria's Rating - 4.5-01

*Disclaimer: An ARC of The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel was provided to me by Crown Publishing Group via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

The Roanoke Girls is everything that I love in a story. Brace yourselves, because I’m about to admit how much of a weirdo I am. I love stories that are dark and disturbing. I love watching movies and reading books that are twisted and honestly, I couldn’t tell you why. The Roanoke Girls falls perfectly into this category. I mean honestly, it’s like Flowers In The Attic on crack.


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.

What I Liked

The different timelines. The Roanoke Girls follows the story of Lane Roanoke, a young 16 year old girl who is sent to live with her estranged grandparents after her mother commits suicide. The story jumps back and forth between the summer that Lane spent at the Roanoke house when she was 16 years old and eleven years later, when Lane returns after her grandfather calls to let her know of her cousin’s disappearance. I LOVE when books contain multiple timelines, but I especially love when new secrets are revealed within each chapter that connect the past to the present.

The different perspectives. This ties into the above point. On top of reading about the past and present life of Lane Roanoke, we also learn about the other Roanoke Girls through a single chapter for each one. There are multiple Roanoke Girls within Lane’s family, all of whom have either run away, passed away or ended their own lives. It was really interesting to learn about each of the Roanoke Girls and how they dealt with the dark secrets that haunted the Roanoke house.

Dark and disturbing. I mean, I have already mentioned this above, but I love everything dark and disturbing…and this book was DARK & DISTURBING. I could tell just from the description that The Roanoke Girls would be something that I would enjoy tremendously.

What I Didn’t Like

Shocking while also not shocking? Obviously, this book has shock value. It deals with subject matter that will ALWAYS be shocking, but at the same time there wasn’t really any moment where I didn’t predict the outcome before it happened. I’m not sure if there were moments that were supposed to be unpredictable, but I was never truly surprised.

Overall, The Roanoke Girls is everything that I hoped it would be upon reading it’s description. I needed something dark, quick and shocking and this was the perfect book to satisfy my craving.

About The Author


Amy Engel is the author of THE BOOK OF IVY young adult series. A former criminal defence attorney, she lives in Missouri with her family. THE ROANOKE GIRLS (March 7, 2017), is her first novel for adults.


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