The Sanctuary – ARC Book Review

Title:- The Sanctuary

Author:- Emma Haughton

Date published:- will be published on 24th November 2022

No. of pages:- 372 pages

Publisher:- Hodder and Stoughton

Genre:- Psychological Thriller


Writing:- 3/5

Plot:- 2.5/5

Overall rating:- 2.5/5

Very few people get the opportunity to stay here.
And some don’t get to leave …

Zoey doesn’t remember anything about last night. But she knows something went badly wrong. For she is no longer in New York. She’s woken up in the desert, in a white building she doesn’t recognise, and she’s alone.

When she discovers she’s been admitted to The Sanctuary, a discreet, mysterious, isolated refuge from normal life, to avoid jail, she is stunned. She knows she has secrets, troubles, but she thought she had everything under control. But as she spends more time with other residents, she begins to open up about what she’s running from. Until she realises that not everyone in The Sanctuary has her best interests at heart, and someone might even be a killer . . 

The story starts with Zoey waking up in a place. She couldn’t remember how she ended up in the place with no recollection of what happened the previous night. She knew she was no longer in New York but is in some desert area. Zoey then later on realizes that she is in a place called Santuary where they house the people who might end up in jail. Zoey wondered what she did to be deserved to go to jail although later on she finds that she has secrets of her own. Then soon, people start getting disappearing and there might be a killer on loose.

I like story plot line which actually made me want to request this ARC. However, the first few chapters were kind of boring and bland in my opinion. This story reminded me a bit of Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty which kind of had the same vibe in the story as well. It was towards the ending that actually intrigued me as secrets about the Sanctuary was revealed and the actual killer was known.

There were not many plot twists and turns, the story to me kind of feels direct to me in my opinion and this was a slow burn thriller in my opinion, not fast paced. However, I think I do like a bit of multi-cultured concept in the book. Despite the fact that I didn’t enjoy this much, I am looking forward to read more from this author. Worth 2.5 stars

Many thanks to Netgalley and Hodder for ARC.. The review is based on my honest opinon only.

The Dark, Emma Haughton’s chilling new thriller for adults, will be published by Hodder in August 2021.Emma grew up in Sussex; after a stint au pairing in Paris and a couple of half-hearted attempts to backpack across Europe, she studied English at Oxford University then trained in journalism. During her career as a journalist, she wrote many articles for national newspapers, including regular pieces for the Times Travel section.Following publication of her picture book, Rainy Day, Emma wrote three YA novels. Her first, Now You See Me, was an Amazon bestseller and nominated for the Carnegie and Amazing Book Awards. Better Left Buried, her second, was one of the best YA reads for 2015 in the Sunday Express. Her third YA novel, Cruel Heart Broken, was picked by The Bookseller as a top YA read for July 2016.

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