The Roanoke Girls

A Novel

by Amy Engel


“With more twists than a bag of pretzels, this compelling family saga may make you question what you think you know about your own relatives.”

“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.

Recent Reviews

The Roanoke Girls

Sefina Hawke

4.5 Stars

Lane Roanokewas easily my favorite character with how she fled when she discovered the dark secret, but how she later gathered the courage to return when someone she once cared about went missing. I loved the character interactions that the…

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Candace Robinson

3 Stars

I couldn’t put this book down, even though it was super disturbing. The content wasn’t what bugged me, but the main character! I couldn’t stand her! In fact, I couldn’t stand most of the Roanoke girls! I only liked the love interest which I…

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Book Review - The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

Nick Soto

4.5 Stars

After the death of her mother, 15 year old Lane Roanoke moves in with her grandparents and her cousin, Allegra. In her grandparents' vast estate in rural Kansas, very little is known of her mother's mysterious family. However, she…

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Venecca Aizenberg

5 Stars

Well. I read this in one sitting! I was not ready for that because I totally got sucked in to this,wonderful book!!! It's a thriller I absolutely loves this book comes highly recommend from me to you guys!!!! I cannot say enough, it got…

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