The Roanoke Girls

  • by Amy Engel
  • Narrated by Brittany Pressley
  • 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end we either run or we die."
After her mother's suicide, 15-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.

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What the Critics Say

"I was immediately drawn into The Roanoke Girls, a haunting and riveting look at one family's tangled legacy. You won't stop reading until you've unraveled the darkest of Roanoke's shocking secrets." (Laura McHugh, award-winning author of The Weight of Blood)
"This is a poised and haunting novel, whose enchanting prose belies its dark and intense subject matter. An evocative modern take on Southern Gothic, with a compelling twist which will remain with you long after the book's last sentence." (L. S. Hilton, author of Maestra)
"An emotionally compelling page turner, The Roanoke Girls takes you inside the dark world of a twisted family and one woman's fight to break free from the chains of her own history. This is family intrigue at its very best!" (Wendy Walker, author of All Is Not Forgotten)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Ick, ugh, yuck! Spoilers ahead!

The Roanoke girls either run away from home, die, or both. Why? You ask? Well, because one man simply must have sex with all his female relatives: sisters, nieces, daughters, granddaughters. There’s quite a list of them. As if the sheer number isn’t enough, they all walk willingly into his bed around the age of 14. He’s been grooming them, of course. Few escape. I won’t say whether the narrator (Lane) escapes this fate or not. Or what happened to Allegra. But I will say just about everyone in this novel, including Lane run the gamut from understandably awful to evil. Regardless, there’s practically nobody in the novel to like. I’m guessing that wasn’t the author’s point.

What the author’s point was exactly, I don’t know. If she wanted us to understand the mind of a perpetrator, the perpetrator’s wife who just let it go on, and the victim, I’d say giving the reader this “festival of incest” was the wrong way of going about it. It certainly was for me.

And to boot, the ending was absurd—well, the bit before the actual ending.

I read the author’s 2 YA dystopian novels and liked them so I didn’t read any reviews before downloading this. Big mistake. I will be returning this. And putting the author on my “never again” list.
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- NMwritergal

The Perfect Twisted Page Turner Full of Surprises

Couldn't stop listening. It contains all the right ingredients for an unbelievable tale about family, loyalty and lust.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-07-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audio