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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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Too dark and violent

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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Rachel
  • Bismarck, ND, United States
  • 10-02-12

Keeps your interest

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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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

A winner!

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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Not a Favorite

I can???t say this was of Nora Roberts favorites of mine - ther are several romance stories going on as well as a mystery??? they mystery was very predictable, easy to figure out what happened to the mother, who was behind her disappearance and who was stalking the main character.

I have other several other books that Sandra Burr read and liked her. I did not like her reading this book at all ??? her female southern accent was not good and I did not like most of her male voices.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Absolutely Horrible!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing, I don't think. I guess I should have known the book would be like this since it was written by Nora Roberts.

What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

Totally cliche romance story. The woman is standoffish of the man's advances and, though she says "no" multiple times, he continues these advances. When he touches her, she flinches, because she's damaged. But he can help her! And, ultimately, she gives in and allows him to. Although I really wanted to hear how it ended and who the culprit was and the get to the bottom of the mystery, I just couldn't listen any further past the four of 17 hours I made it. Ack!

How could the performance have been better?

The performance was decent, I just think it was marred by the story.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Sanctuary?

All of the romance scenes.

Any additional comments?

This is my first, and last, Nora Roberts book.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Horrible

One of the worst books I've ever read or listened to. And I usually enjoy Nora Roberts!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't get past a third of the book . Boring

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

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Has Sanctuary turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Gotten a better story

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Nora Roberts is a good author and I will purchase others she's written.

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  • Karen
  • Covington, La, United States
  • 04-17-14

Very difficult to get thru

What disappointed you about Sanctuary?

This story drug on and on and really didn't hold my interest. Much to long.With

Has Sanctuary turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. I am not as pleases with Mrs Roberts as I once was.

What three words best describe Sandra Burr’s performance?

Her reading was clear,and I cant complain about it

What character would you cut from Sanctuary?

none

0 of 1 people found this review helpful