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Sanctuary | [Nora Roberts]

Sanctuary

Jo Ellen Hathaway thought she had escaped the house long ago. It was where she spent her loneliest years, after her family was shattered by the sudden, unexplained disappearance of her mother.

But now, the sprawling resort off the coast of Georgia haunts her dreams. Even more haunting are the pictures that someone is sending her - strange close-ups, candid shots, and finally, the most shocking and heartbreaking portrait of all: a photograph of her long-lost mother. . . naked, beautiful, and dead.

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Publisher's Summary

Successful photographer Jo Ellen Hathaway thought she had escaped the house long ago. It was where she spent her loneliest years, after her family was shattered by the sudden, unexplained disappearance of her mother.

But now, the sprawling resort off the coast of Georgia haunts her dreams. Even more haunting are the pictures that someone is sending her - strange close-ups, candid shots, and finally, the most shocking and heartbreaking portrait of all: a photograph of her long-lost mother. . . naked, beautiful, and dead.

Jo realizes that it's time to return to Sanctuary. The island inn, still run by her estranged family, brings back painful memories and the troubled relationships she struggled so hard to escape and forget. But it seems that her stalker can even breach the safety of this tiny island, where everybody knows everybody - or thinks they do. And Sanctuary may be the most dangerous place of all.

©2007 Nora Roberts; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Anne Brenham, TX, United States 01-31-14
    Anne Brenham, TX, United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2009
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    I liked this story, typical Roberts love story with a few twists.I just seem to always go back to ther stories.

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    Julie Jones Stevenson Ranch, CA United States 11-22-13
    Julie Jones Stevenson Ranch, CA United States 11-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Nora Roberts at her best"

    I loved this book. I was never exactly sure how it was going to turn out and it continued to keep me wanting for more. I am sad that it is done. I need to find another Nora Roberts soon...

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    Amazon Customer Lumpkin, GA, United States 06-10-13
    Amazon Customer Lumpkin, GA, United States 06-10-13
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    "Predictable but a good read"

    I don't dislike Sandra Burr, but she is also not my first pick a narrator. Then again narration is in the ear of the listener. I have read numerous complaints about Tanya Eby but I find her a delight to listen to. As far as the story goes it was good and I liked the characters, but it was predictable. That being said I will most likely listen to it again some rainy afternoon where I don't want to concentrate to hard.

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    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 01-13-13
    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 01-13-13 Member Since 2011

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    Another good one by Nora Roberts, Keep's your interest till the very end. I would recommend it to my friend's.

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    Houston mom Bellaire, TX, United States 10-14-12
    Houston mom Bellaire, TX, United States 10-14-12 Member Since 2005

    I love witty, fast-paced books that keep you turning the page.

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    I don't mind suspense and brief violence, but the graphic description of a rape just turned me off. I would have rated it a 2 and returned it, but I did that with Carnal Innocence and then didn't have the opportunity to rate it and warn off other listeners. That story was so bad that I had to stop after 6 hours. This story is much better, investing me in the characters enough to tough out finishing it, although I guessed who the murderer was in the first few chapters. I enjoy most of the "In Death" books, so it's not just the murders that bothered me, it was the graphic nature, and describing the rape in sexual terms that has me crossing this one off my "Listen again" list.

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    This was a suspenseful, didn't figure out the "nut" until very close to the end, which I think makes it a good story. But, as I noted in the headline, I got so tired of the narrator that I was ready for it to end. I generally pick a number of the books that I listen to based on the narrator--I thought I like Sandra Burr better (I will still listen her, I think). One other thing on the story, I will say NR could have done a better in her Epilogue.

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    Rachel Bismarck, ND, United States 10-02-12
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    If you could sum up Sanctuary in three words, what would they be?

    Dark Mental Killer


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sanctuary?

    One of the ost memorable moments was when Lexi went out in the ocean to "tempt" giff.


    Which character – as performed by Sandra Burr – was your favorite?

    My favorite character was Lexi, because she was so sure of her self and sassy and would sometimes suprise you, even though you knew she has guts.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A picture is worth 1000 lives


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    Petra Clanahan-Oldfield Christchurch, New Zealand 08-16-12
    Petra Clanahan-Oldfield Christchurch, New Zealand 08-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "The past only shapes the present if you let it"

    This is a story of how perceptions and fears generated in childhood can and do shape adulthood - but only if you let it! Nora Roberts illustrates wonderfully how reflection and considered responses can change our lives in a very profound and positive way. She also shows how lives are inextricably intertwined and that oftentimes the ripples of comments / actions are unknown but can have a change someone else's life forever.

    A story of understanding, love, forgiveness, generosity of spirit - all the positive things of the human condition contrasted against the very essence human depravity.

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    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 08-08-12
    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 08-08-12 Member Since 2008
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    Any additional comments?

    Nora, the master of romantic, mystery, intrigue, etc., does it again. Actually, she outdoes herself with this novel. Multiple romances and story-lines, but they are done superbly with no confusion or choppiness. I was able to really understand the characters and found myself rooting, booing and cheering throughout. Several twists and unexpected turns. Yes, I'd recommend it!

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    "Classic Nora"

    Nora Roberts doing her thing again. Another gem from her. I have yet to be disappointed in her work.

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