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No Sanctuary

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  1,310 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
Rick would do anything for his girlfriend, Bert. He'd even spend his vacation in the wilderness with her, hiking the trails around Fern Lake, even though it's the last place on Earth he wants to be. But Rick would follow Bert to hell and back - which is just what he's about to do.

Gillian is on vacation too, but her pastimes are decidedly weirder than Rick and Bert's. She l
Mass Market Paperback, 333 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Leisure Books (first published 2001)
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Reese Copeland
Jun 10, 2013 Reese Copeland rated it it was amazing
This was a really great book. There were times where it seemed to drag on and I'd put it down for a few days, or a week. BUt the more I read, the less slow it got. It really picked up and had Laymon's signature gore and sex. I thought it had great character development and one of the best and most shocking endings I've read yet in a Laymon book. I would absolutely recommend it to others. I would love to see this book as a movie someday, but I fear Hollywood is only interested in creating ANOTHER ...more
Oct 23, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it
Shelves: splatterpunk
I have read a lot of Laymon and this is one of my favorite novels simply because it proves that Laymon can write a book without relying on the usual amounts of sex and gore. You either like Richard Laymon or you don't. There is no middle ground.

This is a Laymon novel so of course it has that b-movie feel to it but that certainly isn't a bad thing. I loved the slow pacing as well as the fact that it felt as if you were getting two separate stories. Laymon is able to keep both plots strong and a
John Bruni
Jan 08, 2014 John Bruni rated it it was amazing
Another impressive book from Richard Laymon. To be honest, I had no idea how he'd tie this one up. There is a lot of build-up in this book, and I didn't really know where he was heading with it. There are two main stories here. The first involves Rick and Bert, a loving couple on a hiking trip, where they run into all sorts of problems, like, for example, a crazy preacher bent on feeding sinners to cougars. And then there's Gillian, who likes to break into people's houses when they're on vacatio ...more
Adam Light
Jun 05, 2012 Adam Light rated it it was ok
This was not the best Laymon novel. I picked this one up at my library for fifty cents, so it was well worth the price... but it was a disappointment for me. I've read quite a few of his works, and this one was the first that just bored me to tears. I think that it's because I've read some of his best ones already. I've seen other reviewers point out this one was released the year Laymon died, and perhaps it was not a final draft. I could believe that. It didn't feel complete. Regardless, I woul ...more
Apr 25, 2008 Kristen rated it it was ok
If you plan on reading this book, and you have never read a Laymon book before, please notice that there is generally heaps of gore, really stupid characters, and lots and lots of sex. His literary cannon is likened to the early 80's slasher films... and that's a pretty good comparison. But if most of his books are close to "Friday the 13th" or "Halloween" or even "Sleepaway Camp" this one would be a lot closer to you bargain bin find, you know the type... no one has ever heard of it, there's a ...more
Daniel Pyle
Apr 11, 2013 Daniel Pyle rated it liked it
Definitely not Laymon's best work. This one was published the same year he died, and I wonder if maybe he never got the chance to do a final draft. Some of the subplots seem sketched out, unfinished, and sometimes totally unnecessary to the plot, and the whole thing just doesn't feel as refined as his normal work.

On top of that, the Kindle conversion of this book is HORRIBLE. Probably the worst I've ever seen. It's obvious someone did an OCR scan of a hard copy and published the book without eve
Janie Johnson
Feb 23, 2013 Janie Johnson rated it really liked it
I gotta say this book was far tamer than any of his others, but you know what it really did not take away from the story at all, not for me anyway. And it totally changes my mind about ever wanting to hike or camp in the mountains. There was a lot of action in this book and I barely put it down and again was a very fluid book to read. This is why I love Laymon books.

Again I did not really connect to the characters but he built some very strong women in this tale. They seemed to be the ones that
Wayne Simmons
Apr 04, 2012 Wayne Simmons rated it liked it
Another good read from Laymon.

In terms of plot, NO SANCTUARY follows the adventures of Gillian, a beautiful young girl with a fetish for breaking into strangers' houses, and troubled couple Rick & Bert on their uneasy hiking trip. Both stories develop all on their own, only coming together at the end of the novel.

NS is a slasher-style romp in the woods with lots of sex, violence and gore, all delivered in Laymon's definitively kooky (and sometimes goofy) style. The story felt a little bloa
Dec 21, 2008 Jenn rated it liked it
Very simplistic horror novel that lacks the usual dimensions - gore and graphic sex antics. I found this one to be fairly tame fir the horror genre and not much like how I remembered Richard Laymon's other books. It still moved fairly quickly and maintained my interest. It doesn't surprise me who lived at the end however I did assume that Holden was Jerry in disguise. I was glad to see I was wring about that plot theory, especially since there appeared to be nothing that pointed to that conclusi ...more
Nov 22, 2016 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went camping in the Sierras with Uncle Dick.

There was babes, booze, and bad decisions.

There was a grimy, babbling old coot.

And a killer.

I guess it wasn't quite as crazy and dangerous as some other weekends I've spent with Uncle Dick. But all in all, we had a pretty good time.
Oct 26, 2009 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Not bad, but this isn't prime Laymon by any means - it's a later novel, meaning that it's padded out and there's a lot of lingering over the naked flesh of pretty ladies (and all ladies are very pretty in Laymon novels). Not the best place to start, out of his ouvre, but not bad as it goes.
Jun 05, 2011 Sara rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Was the crazy preacher story line even slightly necessary?
Mar 23, 2012 Michael rated it liked it
If I had to pick one word to describe "No Sanctuary", I'd go with 'schizophrenic'. Instead of one story with one main focus like most of his works, this is Laymon balancing three plots (two major, one minor) that start off having nothing to do with one another, yet all come to a head in the final pages. Laymon's gone down the multi-plot route before, most notably with "Quake" where his omniscient narrator swaps between three major focal points, but while "Quake" tells the story of three differen ...more
Apr 14, 2013 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Characters were good and plot was good I couldn't fault it :)
I feel that if I read a few more Laymon novels, I could probably put together a syllabus and teach a course on the master. I will say that, whilst providing the reader with some interesting characters and typical Laymon tropes that we've all come to love, I walked away from this one a little disappointed. There's a few reasons for this: Laymon spent waaaaay too much time on Rick & Co. (who did have their moments), but not nearly enough time on Gillian and her perspective. Laymon had a real f ...more
Mar 13, 2017 Tyler rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
This book has made me afraid to go camping again. Richard Laymon's woods are filled with monsters that have one thing in common, they all want you dead.
No Sactuary is a very fun read that I was unable to put down. It may not have as much gore as some of his other books but it effectively frightened me by making me wonder how can I protect the person I love when I'm outnumbered and unarmed?
Ashley Brigman
Oct 10, 2016 Ashley Brigman rated it liked it
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Mathias Beckmann
Ich hab schon viele Laymons gelesen, da wären zum Beispiel: Vampirjäger, Die Insel, Rache, Die Show, Die Jagd, Das Treffen, Der Regen, Finster, Das Spiel, Der Ripper, Die Familie, Das Inferno, Der Keller, In den finsteren Wäldern und zu guter letzt Der Käfig. Nun kann sich auch der neuste Laymon aus dem Heyne Hardcore Verlag zu den anderen gesellen. Kurz zum Buch: Der Originaltitel lautet „No Sanctuary“ und ist 2001 erschienen und wer den Autor etwas kennt, weiß das Richard Layton in diesem Jahr ...more
Jul 12, 2010 Lindsay rated it really liked it
Shelves: misc-horror
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Tara Calaby
When you pick up a Richard Laymon book, you can expect his female characters to be dealt with in certain ways. Their bodies will definitely be described in copious detail and it's likely they'll be raped or almost raped before the book is done. It's uncomfortable, but he wrote such fantastic trashy horror that one can get past it.

This offering felt more uncomfortable than many of Laymon's other books, however. There was a strong focus on sexual violence throughout, whereas usually that is somet
Mike Kazmierczak
Apr 03, 2015 Mike Kazmierczak rated it really liked it
Yet one more thrill-a-minute, can't put down book by Laymon; he again proves that you can't go wrong reading one of his books. This time we follow Rick who is going camping with his girlfriend, Bert. Unfortunately Rick had a bad camping experience when he was a kid (to put it mildly) and this trip is causing him flashbacks. Meanwhile Gillian is also on vacation but her idea of fun is breaking into someone's house and living there for a few days. Her unfortunate luck leads her to picking the wron ...more
Andre Higgins
Jul 26, 2011 Andre Higgins rated it liked it
This one started out pretty well, but it took forever to climax. Once again, Laymon waits until the very end of the book to wrap things up in less than fifty pages. Quite disappointing.
There are also many unrelated events that seem to be there just to fill out pages. I have no idea why Laymon introduced the crazy preacher character in the middle of the story, he had no influence on anything in the story. And the three "thugateers" were overly exploited for absolutely nothing.
Also, having read ma
May 13, 2015 Heather rated it did not like it
This book was just one cheesy horror cliche after another, mixed in with ridiculous sex scenes. It was like a bad movie--you really want to leave, but the next part shouldn't be as bad, right? So you stick around and wait to see if it does indeed get better, or if it will reach another a whole new level of face-palming that you had hoped wouldn't exist, but you kind of saw coming. Then when everything's over, you stare sadly into space and say to yourself, "Did I really just do that to myself? W ...more
Rick had a traumatic experience the last time he went camping but he decides to overcome his fear because his girlfriend Bert loves it. So they head off into the great outdoors unaware that perverts and serial killers have chosen the same destination.

I found the panic and paranoia in poor Rick as the trip progressed to be part of what made this a tense and interesting book. The side story of Gillian, who breaks into houses to live in them while the owners are on holiday gets interesting when the
Logan Kitchens
Dec 24, 2011 Logan Kitchens rated it really liked it
Great book the only reason it is marked down is because when i bought it i didn't know there were two novellas that ended together in it not one whole novel witch i was looking for (they don't advertise that in description) but it kept me reading and was fairly quick paced, i have to tell you its not for the faint hearted if you don't like being scared don't read it he is very gory and sexual in his novels and this is no exception, i have to admit one of the story-lines was boring at times but o ...more
This book kept me guessing how the two story lines would fit together. It was a good story but the lack of editing kept me from truly enjoying it. Some examples of horrible editing: "doser" instead of closer, "comer" instead of corner. Every single time these words are used they are misspelled. Then there were words like cold, spelled co!d. Or hell spelled he/l. There where also words like "s6!k" I gave up trying to figure out what they meant. 4 stars for the story, 1 star for editing.
(This revi
Jarrod Scarbrough
May 03, 2013 Jarrod Scarbrough rated it really liked it
Laymon's work never lets me down! Suspend belief, sit back, and get ready for one hell of a wild ride! No Sanctuary is a typical Laymon novel, which is a good thing. Two subplots, both full of wild and crazy twists, converge in a nightmarish conclusion! I was on edge throughout the book, couldn't wait to find out just how he would wrap things up. Another of his novels that will remain a favorite of mine!
Jul 16, 2014 Geoff rated it it was ok
One reads Laymon for the same reasons one watches "Jerry Springer": entertaining for all the wrong reasons. This is the 5th Laymon book I have read and I must say by far the weakest. I absolutely adored "Island" and "Travelling Vampire Show" but "No Sanctuary" left me wondering why he even bothered to write this. Of the 333 pages, 330 of them were...meh. The remaining 3 pages...pure Laymon gold; hence the second star.
May 28, 2015 Catherine rated it liked it
Not one of his best, but still enjoyable. I felt the ending was a little far-fetched and perhaps unfinished. Knowing that this was published the year he died, perhaps that puts a reason behind it. Still, I enjoyed the read, and as usual Laymon made it easy for me to read a chapter in my 20 minute lunch break, a trait for which I will always be grateful :)
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Richard Laymon was born in Chicago and grew up in California. He earned a BA in English Literature from Willamette University, Oregon and an MA from Loyola University, Los Angeles. He worked as a schoolteacher, a librarian, and a report writer for a law firm, and was the author of more than thirty acclaimed novels.

He also published more than sixty short stories in magazines such as Ellery Queen,
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