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.
I enjoyed the setting, and the mystery itself was fun, but it's glaringly obvious it's set in the 1990s. I'm amazed at how much female/male characterization in Robert's books has changed over the years. The men in this book almost always force themselves on the women - and the women just melt in their arms and give into their passions... which had me rolling my eyes at points. Puh-lease.
I'd read it was a "surprise" twist ending... can't say I was blown away by it. It was a good plot generally.
She did a good job, but nothing stellar.
Yes - interesting just to see how Roberts' writing has changed, and gotten better over the years.
I wish they'd post the publishing date of the book on the main page. Obviously nothing wrong with reading books written 10-20 years ago - but it helps prepare me for the tone of the book.
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...
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.
Another good one by Nora Roberts, Keep's your interest till the very end. I would recommend it to my friend's.
I love witty, fast-paced books that keep you turning the page.
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.
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.
Dark Mental Killer
One of the ost memorable moments was when Lexi went out in the ocean to "tempt" giff.
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.
A picture is worth 1000 lives
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.
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!
"Fantastic Family Saga"
If you like a book with plenty of drama and secrets in the cupboard, then this book is perfect. This novel follows the lives of the Hatthaway family as they struggle to rebuild their lives after a personal tragedy, but the past comes back to haunt them in more ways than one. This book has romance, drama and mystery and most importantly in my opinion, great characters. I've found Nora Roberts a little hit and miss but this is certainly one of her hits.
"Suspense and too perfect sex"
The ability to describe sex is well known by Nora Robert's readers. In Sanctuary she indulges in so many so perfect intercourses that at least I get bored. Is this "female porn"? There is never a hint of even the slightest problem or difficulty in all those simultaneous perfect orgasms following one after the other. They overshadow the main plot to such a degree that any serious reader/listener must become quite fed up
'Sanctuary' was a delight to listen too. It kept me on the edge of my seat to the very end, trying to work out who was 'the one'.
This was my second audio book. The first being 'Bed of Roses' also by Nora Roberts. Bed of Roses is the second installment of the 'Bride Quartet' I would recommend these two books as well as 'Vision in White': Bride Quartet book one. Truly great reads.
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