Book Review: Sanctuary (Nora Roberts)


Book: 76/100

The Hathaway family was torn apart when Annabel Hathaway left her family suddenly and supposedly fled from the private island Sanctuary. Her husband Sam isolated himself from his children, his daughters and son grew apart.

To escape her family drama, Jo Ellen Hathaway left the island to become a famous photographer. She shares a striking resemblance to her mother, and is tired of everyone, especially her father, seeing Annabel when they look at her. When she starts to receive disturbing photos of either her or her mother, she has an emotional breakdown and is hospitalised. She returns to Sanctuary to recover without telling her family why she chose to come back, and they are all very surprised. Her sister Alexa is certain Jo returned to rub her nose in her failure to become a famous actress, and her brother just wishes that everyone can leave him in peace.

Peace is not to be had on Sanctuary. Nathan Delaney arrives, a childhood friend. He has disturbing information which he decides to keep secret a little while longer when he starts to fall in love with Jo. When the photographs starts showing up again, Jo finally confesses to Nathan and her family.

What is Nathan keeping from her family? And who is hunting Jo Ellen?

Rating: 6.5/10

This is a pretty good book, and I enjoy it every time I read it. There are some parts where it is easy to be distracted and lose focus. It is in no means as fascinating as many of the author’s other books. I enjoyed the childhood link between Jo and Nate – at least their love story is more plausible than the I-fell-in-love-with-you-in-a-month line which is used so frequently. There are plenty of subplots happening – different characters and their respective stories – and I found it entertaining and not too much. The villain isn’t overly surprising but really not too generic and I enjoyed how they found out exactly who he is.

Not a bad book to read.


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