I am so excited to be part of the blog tour for V V James’ newest book – Santuary. I really enjoyed her previous series, and was massively looking forward to this – read on for the blurb and to see what I thought!
The small Connecticut town of Sanctuary is rocked by the death of its star quarterback.
Daniel’s death looked like an accident, but everyone knows his ex-girlfriend Harper is the daughter of a witch – and she was there when he died.
Then the rumours start. When Harper insists Dan was guilty of a terrible act, the town turns on her. So was his death an accident, revenge – or something even darker?
As accusations fly and secrets are revealed, paranoia grips the town, culminating in a trial that the whole world is watching…
I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I’m going to lead with the trigger warnings – Sanctuary includes rape including the rape of a minor by an older minor. It is mostly seen second hand but is shown on page.
This is sort of an urban fantasy but is definitely much more of a small town witch hunt (literally) with a mystery. And I love that. There were so many times when I was frustrated with the characters but also totally seeing why they were acting as they were! Small towns are crazy lol.
The witchcraft was pretty cool – I’d have loved to have seen more of it, and loads of stuff on the history and policing of it. I found that element completely fascinating.
The mystery was really well done too – very twisty and I thought I had it twice and didn’t!
The characters are really nuanced too. I especially liked Maggie, even if her progress in the first week does seem slow from there she is definitely working well to figure it out. I like that it takes time too – though I’d have liked to see more on what else she got up to, this book wouldn’t have worked without the other POVs. Sarah is a little too lenient and laid back for me, but I mostly liked her. And I loved to hate Abigail. Especially at the end. Her and Michael made me so angry.
I loved so many of the little things too – the relationships (or lack thereof!) between characters, the failings of a friendship, the doubt, the anger. It’s all so visceral and you can’t help but feel some of what they’re feeling.
I also love to hate how Vic ends her books leaving you wanting more. There’s so much more that could happen at the end, and I definitely wanted that, but it does feel right that it closed on Sarah and Harper’s story.
Well worth a read if you’re looking for a dark fantasy/mystery combo.
Buy Sanctuary from Amazon UK.