12.6.09

Sanctuary by Nora Roberts


This is the first Nora Roberts book that I have read; I kept on coming across her books so I decided to give one a go. I'm going to cheat a little and give you the blurb as this is a thriller and it would be far too easy to give the story away:

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. But now someone is sending her pictures: strange, candid close-ups, culminating in the most shocking portrait of all- a photo of her mother, dead.

She decides she must return to Sanctuary to face her past. While her presence stirs up old family resentments, Jo finds solace with architect Nathan Delaney - who is also battling his own demons. But a sinister presence is still watching the Hathaway family with interest. It seems Sanctuary may be the most dangerous place of all...

I have to admit that it took me a while to get into this book and I'm not really sure why as the action starts immediately. The story was really good and once I was engrossed I thought that the pace of the book was excellent. There are quite a few characters in this book but the author does not skimp on details, we get a good picture of each one. Nora Roberts builds the tension up throughout the story and keeps you guessing to the very end. I haven't read a thriller like this for a long time; Roberts describes what she writes as Romantic suspense which is spot on really. I'm sorry that this review is not very detailed but it would be too easy to spoil for anyone. If you like the occasional thriller though, then I would give Nora Roberts a go; she has written many books so there is a good selection to choose from.

8 comments:

violetcrush said...

I have read so many Nora Roberts books that after a while they start getting repetitive and you don't remember whether you have read a particular book or not :)

I thought I had read this from the title, but after reading your review I think, may be not :)

Dot said...

Violet- I wondered if that would be the case, my library has at least 10 different books of hers! Maybe I will leave it quite a while before I read another one!

Kim said...

I haven't read anything of Nora Roberts although I have seen her books many times. 'Romantic suspense' sounds interesting, so, perhaps I will pick one up next time.
I know of several authors who become repetitive with their work after a while, perhaps it is inevitable. What do you think, Dot?

Dot said...

Kim- I think if you read a lot of books by the same author then they can become repetitive. I try to have a break between books by the same author so that I will still enjoy them!

savidgereads said...

I have heard that Nora Roberts has quite the following. I have to say she has never quite appealed to me but this is a great review!

Dot said...

Simon- Thank you! Something kept putting me off picking up one of her books, I did enjoy this one but I think I will leave it a while until I try another one!

Dreaming Vampire said...

Try Tribute as well by her. i could not but the book down and it really captures your mind with the plot.

Dot said...

Dreaming Vampire- Thanks for the recommendation, I shall have a look!

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