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 -...more
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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 ...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
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 ...more
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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 ...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
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 ...more
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
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...
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! ...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 ...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 the ...more
Well it's ironic that as I came onto Goodreads to review this I had a 'like' notification about Daisy Jones & The Six. Ironic because just like that book I really enjoyed Sanctuary while hating almost every single character.
Sanctuary is fascinating to read. It focuses on the 'outrage' culture we are currently living in and also really highlights how precarious our society is. Sanctuary is an extreme case but replace 'witches' with any other minority or misunderstood members of our society ...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 ...more
This was my first time read V.V. James, though I was aware of her writing under the name Vic James. Why does this matter? Well, because she is not a debut author. This book felt like the work of a debut, and not in a good way. I realised pretty quickly that this is not ...more
I've seen this book described as contemporary fantasy but I think that's underselling it, this is one of the best whodunnit/detective stories I've read, it just has a contemporary fantasy element (which I also loved!) I will be lending this to my mother (who is a devout crime/mystery/thriller reader) .. that's how good it was!
It is very 'Big little lies' meets Charmed. the magical element gave it a great society depth and meant it had fresh ...more
I loved that every 30 pages I felt like-‘well, that solves it! Case closed...wait WHAT?’ The twists and turns were so well played, so gentle and subtle you hardly realize you’ve made a 180 turn. Every single chapter ended with me thinking I had it all figured out, but I never landed close!
I was completely drawn in to the human drama, ...more
And of course Abigail, didn't like her before she went psycho although she's the character you're not supposed to like, the pov characters you are supposed to I just felt meh about.
The plot carried the story though, adding witches to a typical mystery really enhanced the book.
When I first heard about this book I knew immediately that I wanted to read it. I'm a big fan of the author's previous YA Dark Gifts trilogy, written under the name Vic James and I love her writing, so I added 'Sanctuary' to my wish list straight away. It turned out to be a really refreshing read because it felt so unique and original and unlike anything else that I'd read recently.
Described as Big Little Lies meets The Craft, 'Sanctuary' takes the reader on a journey where you never ...more
I've wanted to read this book since the day it came out, but I never really got around to it. Then, it was picked for my book club and I was like, this is perfect! I read the first half of this book, and that was enjoyable but it doesn't compare with the audiobook.
I was busy, so I picked up the audiobook and it was AMAZING. There were three narrators and they did such a good job bringing to life these ...more
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