The Roanoke Girls Amy Engel

51lDDOqJWiL._AC_US218_Pub: Hodder & Stoughton

Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.’

The girls of the Roanoke family – beautiful, rich, mysterious – seem to have it all. But there’s a dark truth about them that’s never spoken.

Lane is one of the lucky ones. When she was fifteen, over one long, hot summer at her grandparents’ estate in rural Kansas, she found out what it really means to be a Roanoke girl. Lane ran, far and fast. Until eleven years later, when her cousin Allegra goes missing – and Lane has no choice but to go back.

She is a Roanoke girl.

Is she strong enough to escape a second time?


This has to be THE MOST ADDICTIVE read so far this year.

Reading The Roanoke Girls was like a drug and every new page it’s fix. It really gripped me and was quite a compelling and brilliant tale.

When Lane’s mother kills herself, Lane is welcomed to Roanoke in Kansas back to a family she had never heard much about.

Allegra, her cousin, becomes her friend and both being spoiled and, like all Roanoke girls, very beautiful they live their lives daring and risque,

As with all good tales, life at Roanoke has it secrets, and soon Lane leaves without so much a backward glance. She is soon called back to Roanoke when Allegra goes missing.

Amy Engel has written a tale that is dark and disturbing, it is tragic and quite frankly a haunting roller-coaster of a read.

Although the subject matter is twisted and oh so wrong, this is a book that is so beautifully written and captivating, the characters, all charged with the secrets of the Roanoke heritage, are a joy to get to know.

I highly recommend this novel.

I understand that it could be a trigger for victims of sexual abuse,  (I myself am a survivor)  but there is a line in the last few pages that really made me realise how the mind of a predator works and how easily they groom by kind words and the offer of affection.

Amy Engel has not glorified incest in any way, she has developed a story that tells of weakness where there is meant to be strength and strength where there’s meant to be weakness. Lane is such a character and her happy ending comes in the form of Cooper, who is also a victim of abuse, although a different kind.

This for me was a cathartic read, it was also one that I couldn’t put down and one I will talking about for a long long time.





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