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The Roanoke Girls: the addictive Richard & Judy thriller 2017, and the #1 ebook bestseller

the addictive Richard & Judy thriller 2017, and the #1 ebook bestseller


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The Roanoke Girls: the addictive Richard & Judy thriller 2017, and the #1 ebook bestseller by Amy Engel
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"Best thriller since 'The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly'"
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The contents of this book had me in a whirlwind of captivation, despite the disturbing truth that comes with the Roanoke legacy. The one thing I loved most about The Roanoke Girls is that it pointed on something that is very real for some people and families and the lesson at the end doesn't sugar coat it and the author clearly did enough research to ensure that anyone reading this that might be able to relate won't feel like their experience was represented badly. I personally don't know what it is like since I've never gone through what the Roanoke girls did but I can imagine that it would be almost exactly how it was portrayed in the book.

Lane Roanoke was the sole focus of this novel, the story being told mainly through her eyes, though many of the multiple POV's were from the other dead Roanoke girls, such as Lane's mother, Camilla, her sisters and her aunties before her. All in all, Amy Engel did the most amazing job at switching between when Lane went to live with her cousin, Allegra, after her mother died when she was 16, and when she came back after Allegra went missing 11 years later. Never once did I get confused as to who I was reading about or what was happening and I definitely enjoyed how the story played out even though there were some tear-jerking scenes that broke my heart.

This book breaks from the typical themes that most books show and I loved that even though the reality of this story was pretty out of the ordinary and scarily real for some people, it committed to being tender to the touch, a great thriller, and overall a gripping read that you all should pick up.


'Dark and intense, [with] a compelling twist which will remain with you' L.S. Hilton, author of Maestra. The taboo-breaking thriller of the year, perfect for fans of Emma Cline's The Girls. Beautiful. Rich. Mysterious. 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 maternal grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, 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...

Author Biography

Amy Engel is the author of the YA novels THE BOOK OF IVY and THE REVOLUTION OF IVY. She lives in Missouri with her family. THE ROANOKE GIRLS is her first novel for adults.
Release date Australia
March 9th, 2017
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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