Audiobook Review: Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

Posted March 9, 2017 by Felicia S in 2017 Read, 3.00 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 16 Comments

Audiobook Review: Roanoke Girls by Amy EngelSource: Audiobook Review, Provided by Penguin Audio, Provided by Random House

Format: Audiobook

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
Narrator: Brittany Pressley
Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins

Date Read: March 2017

Genre: Thriller

Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.

After her mother's suicide, fifteen 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.

More Information:
Publisher: Crown

Listened for Review (Penguin/Random House)
Overall Rating: 3.00
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 2.50

Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not Part of the Overall Rating)

Quick Thoughts: I don’t know the right way to convey how I feel about this book. It is truly disturbing on pretty much every level. Plus there are very few characters with any redeeming qualities (Cooper was really the only one I liked but only mildly). In the end I gave it a 3 because I had to know what happened. I was very unhappy with the end but give the author credit for nailing how a small town dept would deal with it. Some people will “love” (not in a love way but in a compelling way) this book though. It was dark and twisted.

WARNING: this could be a trigger story for some so search out minor spoilers before starting (I say minor because it is told to you in the first 20% of the story). In the end, I don’t necessarily recommend this but I can say that I know people who would find it a worthy read.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Brittany Pressley / Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins

I will say this: if you are going to read this book then you need to listen to the audiobook. Brittany did a really good job bringing these wretched characters to life. She nailed their nuances and emotions that would burst out in moments. I thought it was really well done!

Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE!


FTC Disclosure


Overall Rating
3 / 5
Story Rating
3.5 / 5
Character Rating
2.5 / 5
Narrator Rating
4 / 5
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16 responses to “Audiobook Review: Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

  1. I have the audiobook (one of the perks of working at the bookstore is we partnered with, and they send us monthly audiobooks we can download), which is lucky since you said that’s the way to go! Not sure how soon I’ll get to it, but I will get to it someday.

  2. You have me very interested in this story. I want to know what happens, but I’m scared that I won’t enjoy the story if the characters aren’t great. I would have to tackle on audio. I’ve listened to this narrator before and I really liked her. Oh, I love the new background.

  3. I recently received this for an audio review. I do like dark, twisted and disturbing. You have me a little worried with things you didn’t like or knew, but I am going to give it a go.

    • Oddly you are one of the people I would recommend it too. I think you will like it slightly more than I did but yes on the audio. So freaking well done!

    • It was right on the button for small town USA but also what is frustrating about small town USA (as a gal who grew up in small town USA—I could see it playing out exactly the way it did)

  4. I almost picked this up but then I started reading the reviews and I can’t do disturbing right now. I am so glad I read your review. I am for sure skipping this.

    • I don’t think this book would be up your alley even if you were doing disturbing right now. It just didn’t scream Heidi to me.

    • These are the wretched of the wretched. It is seriously dark and twisted so as long as you don’t have triggers about certain subjects (I didn’t) then you just might “like” this one. She really did nail most of it (from a small town perspective)

  5. I enjoyed this book for the dark and twisty story. I know what you mean about the subject matter, but I think it works well here. I am sure that it will bother many people, but it was a well told story.

    I read the book, but like that you think the narrator nailed the feel of it all. I might have to borrow it from my library when they get it.

    And I agree Cooper was my favourite character. Though Lane was interesting enough for me.

    • It was a tough book for me to rank. I think she did a good job with the dark/twisty story and from that angle I only had two problems: the reveal came a little too quick and the end left me a little like WTF. That being said, it was hard for me to decide if I liked it or not.

      The narrator though nailed it. I mean she just brought it all out and that could not have been easy to do πŸ™‚

      Lane was interesting but Cooper–he was my one silver lining πŸ™‚

  6. I have learned enough about this one to know I am going to steer clear of it. I was really curious to know what you was going to think of it and now I know I am staying away. Great review!

    • The funny thing is to certain people I would totally recommend it. That being said, I don’t really think that you would like it. I think you would have the same problems I did with the story.