"A powerful, gripping, heart-stopping read."

—Laura McHugh, award-winning author of The Wolf Wants In


About Amy

Amy Engel is the author of The Familiar Dark, The Roanoke Girls and The Book of Ivy series. A former criminal defense attorney, she lives in Missouri with her family.

About The Familiar Dark

A spellbinding story of a mother with nothing left to lose who sets out on an all-consuming quest for justice after her daughter is murdered on the town playground.

Sometimes the answers are worse than the questions. Sometimes it’s better not to know.

Praise for The Roanoke Girls

“A gripping tale about the power and corrosiveness within families weighed down by the past…storytelling at its finest.”

The Associated Press

“A crime must-read to devour…”

Literary Hub

“…one of those captivating stories which make you ask for more from this talented author… an exciting read from a talented new voice in adult suspense.”

Mystery Tribune

“Gripping…[a] gothic page-turner…with revelations readers won’t soon forget.”

Publishers Weekly

“A provocative thriller.”

Telegraph UK

“A debt to Daphne du Maurier is evident throughout this remarkably assured adult debut… you are also reminded of the theatrical domestic sagas of Tennessee Williams.”

Sunday Times

“An emotionally captivating story.”


Also by Amy Engel