The Roanoke Girls: The Sinister Ties That Bind Us

Lane Roanoke returns to her family’s secluded Kansas home when she gets the news that her cousin, Allegra, has gone missing—the same cousin who, years ago, explained their family history as “Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.”

Veering between past and present, The Roanoke Girls paints a dark picture of a dysfunctional family and the secret that plagues the Roanoke women. Lane struggles to break free, but she first she must discover what has happened to Allegra.

Amy Engel expertly creates characters who are vivid, endearing, frustrating, and flawed: one minute, listeners will be eager to help Lane in her search, and the next minute they’ll be shaking their heads at her emotional self-sabotage.

The Roanoke Girls is reminiscent of Gillian Flynn’s early work, specifically Sharp Objects. If you’re looking for your next suspenseful, twisted read, The Roanoke Girls fits the bill.

Listen to an excerpt from the audiobook, narrated by Brittany Pressley  THE ROANOKE GIRLS


See what others are saying about The Roanoke Girls:

“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, New York Times bestselling author of Maestra

“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.”
– Cosmo

“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