Mini Review Monday – The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


51lDDOqJWiL‘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?


I have to admit that I requested this book for one reason, and one reason only, and that is because it has the word ‘Roanoke’ in the title.  It reminded me of American Horror Story (AHS) of which I am a huge fan.  I am sure that Amy Engel started writing and planning this novel waaaay before the ‘AHS My Roanoke Nightmare’ television series was released but hey, you’ve got to go with what your head says sometimes; and mine was telling me to ‘read this book’.

The story begins with a girl called Lane whose mother has just committed suicide.  As a result Lane goes to live with a side of her family that she didn’t even know existed.  They are desperate (emphasis on the word desperate here) to welcome her into their home… pretty creepy so far, right?!

Lane has a cousin called Allegra who she befriends easily.  Allegra comes across as quite mischievous so I am straight away thinking of what sort of troubles lie ahead for this duo.  I am also questioning as to why Lane’s mother didn’t tell her about the ‘Roanoke Family’ and why did she flee from them all those years ago?!  I couldn’t wait to find out the answers.

We fast forward a decade later and Lane, at the request of her grandfather, needs to return to Roanoke to help them as Allegra has gone missing.  Lane really doesn’t want to go back, especially as she hasn’t seen or heard from any of them in years.  It is almost as if she has ran away from there herself.  Lane is unsure on how her grandfather even found her, but what is she hiding from?!

I loved the whole ‘then’ and ‘now’ aspect of it.  Each chapter is told from either the past or the present.  It keeps you on your toes and I was desperate to find out what happened in both cases – why did Lane only spend one summer at Roanoke all those years ago?  And why is Allegra missing now?!

You are in for a real treat with this sinister story-telling.  It is out already in hardback and e-book, but for those that prefer paperbacks it is being released this Thursday.

Amy Engel has created something different, something exotic and unique, something so well written that she has captured my attention perfectly.

Hodder & Stoughton and Netgalley were kind enough to provide me with an e-copy of this book for review purposes so a huge thank you to them for keeping this little bookworm going!

My final word: Creepy.


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