Author: V V James (Vic James)
Published: 8th August 2019
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 – or something even darker?
As accusations fly and secrets are revealed, paranoia grips the town, culminating in a trial that the whole world is watching . . .
My Rating: ★★★★★
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for a review!
Thank you Gollancz for sending me a copy of this book to review!
Trigger Warnings: Rape of a minor by an older minor.
First up, my thoughts… AKSKJFNADJFKNSVN!
I absolutely loved and adored this book, I fell in love with Vic James’ Dark Gifts trilogy and I was so so so happy when I got the email asking if I wanted to be a part of the blog tour for Sanctuary, I emailed back so fast when I saw it as I didn’t want to miss out!
I was lucky to meet the ever so lovely Vic James recently at YALC when she signed my books and we had a chat! I hadn’t been able to read Sanctuary before heading to YALC so I couldn’t gush to her how much I fell in love with the book!
I ended up just binging this book within a day, I stayed up until 10:30 to finish it (this may not be late to some of you but I was still exhausted from YALC & being up late previous nights due to my sister giving birth!) I just couldn’t put it down, it was such a gripping story and I ended up getting so into the characters and the intense things that were going on that I didn’t want to!
This book is done from four different points of view, Abigail who is the mother of Daniel who died. Sarah whose the only Witch in Sanctuary and her daughter Harper who was so excited about magic and couldn’t wait to be a witch to end up with no ability and then there’s Maggie the detective investigating the case of the death of Daniel.
The small town of Sanctuary is hit hard when the death of their star quarterback Daniel happened, it looked like an accident but his ex-girlfriend Harper was there, and being the daughter of a witch everyone assumed it was her that done it even though her mum insists that she has no gifts of her own.
Harper then reveals that Daniel wasn’t as great as everyone made him out to be and that he was capable of terrible things which causes even more rumours that his death wasn’t an accident but perhaps an act of revenge..
There’s so much happening in this book that it just keeps you guessing, I couldn’t even guess what had actually happened to Daniel as there were so many things to think about.
This book contains two of my favourite elements a mystery murder thriller and witches! I’d been dying for Vic James’ next book ever since she had announced it and these two elements just made me want it even more.
Going back to the trigger warnings I mentioned at the beginning of the book, rape of a minor done by an older minor is mentioned in the book, you kind of hear about it second hand rather than the exact moment of when it happens? I hope that made sense!
The ending just shook me, I thought it was one of those endings that even though it satisfied you and ended whole, I still wanted more. I really loved Harper’s character, we didn’t see as much from her compared to the other three which made me even more intrigued by her character and her story and by the end of the book I still wanted to know more about her and there’s Abigail and her husband Michael who were like the Umbridge of the story, you hated them and everything they did was despicable.
I highly recommend this book, it’s a perfect thriller with a dash of magic and I really think you should all read it! It’s even a perfect October read in the run up to Halloween (which I know is a while away but giving you options😉) I’ll probably end up shoving this into people’s faces because you all need to read it, it’s that good!
Thank you again Gollancz for sending me a copy of this book and don’t forget to check out my fellow bloggers on their tour dates!