The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel review

Everyone wants to be a Roanoke girl.

But you won’t when you know the truth.

Lane Roanoke is fifteen when she comes to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin at the Roanoke family’s rural estate following the suicide of her mother. Over one long, hot summer, Lane experiences the benefits of being one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls.

But what she doesn’t know is being a Roanoke girl carries a terrible legacy: either the girls run, or they die. For there is darkness at the heart of Roanoke, and when Lane discovers its insidious pull, she must make her choice..


I had heard mixed reviews about this book before starting it so I went in with no expectations. I was so thrilled when I started to enjoy it. I had guessed the twist pretty early on but it didn’t ruin my enjoyment of the story. It was dark and twisted and creepy and well gross!

I enjoyed all the characters. I liked that the author went back in time to give the back stories of the mothers of the girls. It really tied the story together. I think this would be great on screen, if done right! I want to give a warning but I can’t because then it would be spoiled but lets just say do not read this if you have an issue with….ummmm sexual stuff….ugh thats all I can say.

I really can’t say a whole lot about this without spoiling the whole story. You just have to trust me when I say this was a fun and intriguing story!



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