Sunday, 5 April 2020

Sanctuary by V V James

Welcome to the small town of Sanctuary, where the star quarterback is dead in what looks like a an unfortunate accident. But then the accusations start. What 'terrible act' was Dan (the Q/B) supposedly guilty of? What about his ex, Harper? She was there when he died - is she somehow responsible? Will the town be able to survive the storm?

As a novel this felt very much like a Desperate Housewives style US TV series, lots of intrigue, mystery, witchcraft and 'stuff' going on behind closed doors. All looks perfect in Sanctuary but the truth is not always what the eye sees.

Told from four different points of view the story carries the narrative from all levels of Sanctuary society as well as the police angle so things flow along nicely. The book starts off with a list of characters which can be off-putting but, being honest, I was grateful for it. Not that it's confusing, I just liked to check on who was who.

So, in short, Desperate Housewives with witchcraft in Small-town America. Seriously, if someone doesn't televise this I'll be very surprised.

Recommended 4/5*

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