Hello fellow bookworms! If you haven’t already seen it, I’ve started a list of all the books I’ve read in 2023. You can find it here! I already was keeping a comprehensive list, but I thought it’d be fun to see how many books I read just this year.
Sanctuary by Nora Roberts was the first one I finished in 2023. I know, I know. There are a lot of books by Roberts on my blog, but she writes a lot! And I have to say I’m impressed that so many of them are so good! Sanctuary was definitely one of them, though it was a little more tense and suspenseful than I was expecting!
From the Cover: Photographer Jo Ellen Hathaway thought she’d escaped the house called Sanctuary long ago. She’d spent her loneliest years there, after the sudden, unexplained disappearance of her mother. Yet the sprawling inn on an island off the Georgia coast continues to haunt her dreams. And now, even more haunting are the pictures someone is sending her: strange close-ups and candids, culminating in the most shocking portrait of all—a photo of her mother—naked, beautiful, and dead.
Now Jo must return to the island, and to her bitterly estranged family. With the help of Nathan Delaney—who was on the island the summer her mother disappeared—Jo hopes to learn the truth about the tragic past. But Sanctuary may be the most dangerous place of all.
As always, Roberts does an excellent job of establishing character and setting to create an immersive experience. Like I said before, there were some very tense moments. I won’t spoil anything by giving them away, but they definitely kept me turning the pages.
Is there a book you’re looking for a review on? I’d love to know!
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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois. She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University. Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside Detective. Her short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous. Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world. You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.
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