The small Connecticut town of Sanctuary is rocked by the death of its star quarterback.
Daniel's death looked like an accident, but everyone knows his ex-girlfriend Harper is the daughter of a witch - and she was there when he died.
Then the rumours start. When Harper insists Dan was guilty of a terrible act, the town turns on her. So was his death an accident, revenge - o...more
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pitched as big little lies meets practical magic with feminist witchy undertones, what could go wrong?
apparently, a lot. Sanctuary took elements of so many of my favourite things, from a murder mystery, to social commentary to a twisty plot. The potential was definitely there for an amazing story, but unfortunately it fell flat for me.
second unpopular opinion: I don't love modern day witch stories. I tend to find them cheesy and jarring, for some reason it is difficult ...more
Sanctuary: Big Little Lies meets witches is probably the most accurate tagline.
My reading experience went like this: I swallowed Sanctuary whole. Just like that. I couldn't put it down. It's gripping from the very first page. Just like with Bi ...more
The cover image caught my eye when I first saw it in a Goldsboro newsletter (bookish emails are so dangerous for me!) and after being enticed by the blurb I investigated further. NetGalley had review ...more
Sanctuary by V. V. James. (2019).
Sanctuary is the perfect town...to hide a secret. Detective Maggie is in town to finalise the tragic accidental death of a star quarterback, Daniel. Then the rumours start; his ex girlfriend Harper is the daughter of a witch, Sarah. And Harper was there when Dan died. Dan's mother Abigail will stop at nothing until she has justice. Her best friend Sarah will do everything in her power to protect Harper. ...more
Think Big Little Lies with a witchy twist, that’s Sanctuary!! I loved it!!
Sanctuary is about a town in Connecticut shocked by the tragic death of their most popular high school football player. How did he die? How did he break his neck? Some say he was killed by witchcraft….could that be possible? Detective Maggie Knight must solve this mystery.
The book has a lot of suspense and includes enough twist and turns to keep you turning the page. The character building is what ...more
I really loved the Dark Gifts trilogy so when I heard about this book I so excited to read it! And I really loved this book too!
This book had me hooked from the beginning and on the edge of my seat. I was up reading late into the night because I just needed to read one more chapter. It has a dark and foreboding atmosphere and it only gets darker as the story progresses. By the end it was pretty terrifying. Not in t ...more
***eProof gifted by UK Publisher, Gollancz via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review/reaction.***
The small town of Sanctuary, Connecticut is a perfect little town where everyone gets along. But behind the perfect face of the town hides some dark secrets as Detective Maggie Knight is about to find out. She has been asked to go to Sanctuary to investigate the tragic death of Sanctuary’s star quarterback. It was accid ...more
To start with, I found it just slightly confusing as it involves a lot of characters and the chapters are from different characters' points of view. I'm not usually a fan of this type of book. However, I ...more
My first book by the author, I was quite taken in when witchcraft was used as a MO. Complex characters set in small town with secrets and lies, the book was narrated in multiple POV.
The story was a fast read where wanting to know the truth compelled me to read faster, witchcraft being the fun addition to the world building.
When the star quarterback of the Sanctuary football team dies in what appears to be a tragic accident, Detective Maggie Knight is called into a seemingly open and shut case. What she discovers though, is that there is much more going on in Sanctuary than meets the eye.
Sanctuary has been likened to Big Little Lies, ...more
Sanctuary, Connecticut, the typical East Coast small town where everyone knows everyone and their dog. Nothing special, one would think. Except that Sanctuary has a resident witch, Sarah Fenn. This is not a secret at all: witches are established all over the US, their craft acknowledged, and happil ...more
Once this book really started I didn't want to put it down. It has witchcraft, suspicion, mystery, death. It even has a resurrection. This book covered so much in such an intense, intriguing way!
I hated Abigail. I could find no sympathy for her. She was weird and spiteful, along with her husband Michael and Todd (the chief). Hated Daniel too ...more
Now, I can see that I'm definitely in the minority here but this…honestly didn’t work for me. First of all, there were way too many alternating POVs. This isn’t necessarily a problem itself, but I struggled to make sense of who I was reading from and would often forget mid-chapter; the characters’ voices blurred together. Perhaps as a result, I found that I didn’t ...more
Overall rating: 3.75/4 stars (couldn't decide which one so I'm saying both)
Yesssssss, it’s time to dive into a new witchy thriller of which I’ve seen the old cover design for Sanctuary on various social media platforms (Instagram being one of them) so when my copy arrived, I dived into hopefully a twisted and spooky thriller. This was a spooky read and everyone was out for blood of some kind. The story is told in short chapters and multiple POV ...more
A terrible accident and an accusation of witchcraft sets a group of long term friends at odds - with the death penalty ingrained for anyone who murders by witchcraft the stakes are high.
Sanctuary is in effect an allegorical tale of prejudice and outsiders. Happy to use their local witch when it suits them, now the community turns on them with one mother's grie ...more
This is such a tense and thrilling mystery. The atmospheric small-town vibes and witchcraft had me hooked from page one. I was also lucky enough to be on the blog tour for this book! Check out my full review here: https://readingthroughinfinity.com/20...
Audiobooks, yay or nay? Before this book, I would have said nay. Last year I tried several audiobooks but the narrators of the books I chose just annoyed me with how they changed their tones or pitch to show the change in characters and it just felt wrong. I mean, it didn’t feel like they caught the essence of the characters. And of course, my mind wandered to get away from those voices lol.
Sarah Fenn is the only witch in the town of Sanctuary and she’s heartbroken when she fin ...more
I’m going to lead with the trigger warnings - Sanctuary includes rape including the rape of a minor by an older minor. It is mostly seen second hand but is shown on page.
This is sort of an urban fantasy but is definitely much more of a small town witch hunt (literally) with a mystery. And I love that. There were so many times when I was frustrated with the characters but also totally seeing why they were acting as they were! Sm ...more
There's some pretty messed up stuff in this book, and definitely read the trigger warnings in advance. I'm not sure that the execution of all of the elements worked for me completely. I did enjoy the book overall, but sometimes it seemed like there should have been fewe ...more
I am absolutely fascinated by books about witches. Lately I have been wanting to read books that include high school football as a sub-plot since my kids can't play sports right now (Covid). When I read the synopsis for Sanctuary, I hoped that it was the perfect book the beginning of Fall reading. Sanctuary did not let me down!
One of my favorite things about Sanctuary is that witches are a common part of society and it isn't a secret.
In Sanctuary, ...more
Sarah is the witch in the town of Sanctuary. Together with her three non-magical best friends, they are a coven who help people in their small town with their problems. All of their children have grown up together as friends, but as they are sharing an evening dinner, while their kids attend a party, they receive devastating news. Dan, the popular, promising athlete has died at ...more
Let's start from the top:
Abigail, and her CREEPY obsession with her son. She admits that shes doesn't share a bed with her husband because she would rather be in the room next to her son so she can hear him through the wall. Ew. ALL she talks about is how perfect and amazing Daniel is, how pretty his hair is, how muscular he is, how good he smells. Barf.
Sarah is so ...more
Giving this book 3 stars for now, though it might go up as I’m torn on it.
I spent the second ha ...more
I love James' other series (beginning with Gilded Cage) so it didn't surprise me to find Sanctuary an excellent read too. There's just bags of tension, revelation atop rev ...more
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