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Seeking Sanctuary

3.08  ·  Rating Details ·  96 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
A tale of enveloping, encapsulating suspense: a deliciously unsettling story of fractured lives, revenge and how the devil can conjure the most brilliant of disguises.
Published by Little, Brown Young Readers (first published July 29th 2003)
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Alison Evans
Nov 03, 2016 Alison Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anna and Therese had a difficult childhood as their mother was a religious fanatic, who succeeded in driving away their father. Now she is dead and Therese has joined the local convent (full of very elderly nuns) as a novice, while Anna has escaped to lead a relatively normal life, although she is still close to the convent and Therese. Then the convent employs a new, handsome young gardener and, although most of the nuns adore him, Anna is suspicious. An overwhelming sense of threatening evil ...more
Jan 22, 2009 Josie rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-again
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Apr 28, 2008 Meg rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who generally prefer literary fiction to horror, adventerous readers willing to cross genres
Shelves: fiction
I have been trying to remember the title of this book and just found it out. Two sisters, young women orphaned at an early age by a mother who was also a religious zealot, are threatened by an angelic appearing gardener in this odd little novel. Much of the action takes place in convent, where one sister serves as a novice. The other sister, equally confused by the larger world but committed to becoming more than a spectator, is much more skeptical than her novice sister and trusts no one (in ...more
Jan 03, 2016 Sandra rated it it was ok
Oh dear. Third disappointing book in a row, and the more so because Frances Fyfield rarely disappoints.
But the characters in this, the convent setting, took the story downhill all the way from the excellent opening and it was hard for me to sustain any interest.
The writing was, of course, as good as ever, which is why I did finish it.
Lisa Greer
Jan 16, 2008 Lisa Greer rated it it was amazing
You can tell Fyfield practiced law when you read this. It is compelling with two twins: one a nun and the other anything but. Of course, there are the usual struggles with God and with the devil (a young man in this case). Good book. Dark and suspenseful. And different than anything I've read. I don't like all of Fyfield's stuff, but this one is great.
Graeme Mcgrath
Jul 21, 2013 Graeme Mcgrath rated it really liked it
France's Fyfield must be the best writer of psychological thrillers around. Not her best but still way ahead of most others. Great plot, fascinating characters and subtle, complex intelligent writing.
Deborah J
Mar 31, 2016 Deborah J rated it it was ok
Disappointing. Fyfield's sense of place - one of the things usually so intriguing in her work - isn't apparent in this book and none of the characters comes to life. And the "twist" is too unsubtle.
May 07, 2013 Denise rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2013
A not so very mysterious mystery. It wasn't bad, but all the story twists (such as there were) were quite easy to guess and the characters weren't fleshed out very well.
Oct 24, 2013 Virginia rated it did not like it
At first I thought I was going to like this book; however, as it wound its way slowly to the end it became quite lame and I had to push myself to finish it.
Jan 14, 2009 Veronica rated it did not like it
I am giving up at a third of the way through. It is a crime novel and the crime still hasn't happened and I am not interested enough to wait for it.
Jul 26, 2015 Clémence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La couverture et le titre sont bizarrement choisis. C'est une réflexion sur la foi et les secrets de famille, pas une histoire d'horreur.
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Aka Frances Hegarty.

Frances Fyfield is a criminal lawyer, who lives in London and in Deal, by the sea which is her passion. She has won several awards, including the CWA Silver Dagger.
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