Book Reviews of Sanctuary

Sanctuary
Sanctuary
Author: Nora Roberts
ISBN-13: 9780399142406
ISBN-10: 0399142401
Publication Date: 3/17/1997
Pages: 438
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 146 ratings
Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 3
I'm not used to having Nora Roberts have me on the edge of my seat, but it certainly happended this time. This is very edgy for her but very much the top of her game, like the reviewers say. I really enjoyed it.
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Helpful Score: 3
Thoroughly enjoyed this one! Must read for Nora Roberts fans.
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An excellent story, Nora Roberts at her best! One of the best thrillers I've read in a long time.
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This book was so boring.I figured out the "mystery" mid way through the book. Very predictable and there wasn't a sufficient enough ending for me no closure. It was like here is the bad guy the end.Boring.
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Very suspenseful! A great read!
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This book is very good but does have lots of sex and bad words. But it is a good story and I did enjoy it. Stayed up late last night to finish it as I could not put it down in the ending chapters.
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I loved this book, truly, another great Nora Roberts classic, this is a seductive and suspensful novel of dangerous liasions and family betrayals.
Dynamic characters...
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Lovely book. Brand new too!!
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Excellent. Held my interest throughout the story. Great ending.
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I thought this book told a good story.
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I really enjoyed reading this book. I would have to say it is now one of my favorite books my Nora Roberts.
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*Loved* this book! I am a voracious reader - of various genres and authors. So, when I can remember the specific details about a Nora Roberts' book that I read years ago, that tells me it was obviously something good. This one has great characters, a great setting & a juicy mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat and ignoring the television, the kids, the burning supper, etc., etc. Enjoy!!
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I really loved this book was worth reading!
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A woman photographer escapes to her family's home when danger seems to threaten her.Home is a places of memories of her mothers disapperance.Are the two connected.
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Hey! What more can be said than this a typical Nora Roberts masterpiece. Good reading
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A really good read,another GREAT one for Nora Roberts.
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Nora Roberts does it again. Fresh and fast paced. A brilliant work that will enhance the reputation of romantic suspence top gun.
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mystery thriller romance by Nora Robert.

Jo Ellen Hathaway thought she had escaped that house long ago. It was where she spent her loneliest years, after her family was shattered by the sudden disappearance of her mother. But now, the sprawling Southern resort of the coast of Georgia haunts her dreams. Even more haunting are the pictures that someone is sending her - strange close ups, cnadid shots, and finally, the most shocking and heartbreaking portait of all: a photograph of her long-lost mother...naked, beautiful, and dead. With teh help of one man, she must learn the truth about who is stalking her - and the tragic loss still torments all of them.
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Really like her writings. Very good read!
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wonderful story suspenseful keeps you guessing
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The Hathaway siblings were torn apart by the desertion of their mother, and then neglected by their father while he grieved for twenty years. All have determined never to let someone else they love hurt them again. So, they depend only themselves, stand alone, and never let anyone close. Not even family. But Jo Ellen is having dreams of her mother, and when someone sends her pictures of herself taken without her knowledge, and includes a shot of her mother posed dead, she has a breakdown. She decides to return home to Sanctuary to get as far away from the stalker as possible. But, the stalker has chased her right where he wants her. Good story line.
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Good. Well written. Suspensful.
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Seduction and suspense. A great story!
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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. Yet the sprawling resort off the Georgia coast continues to haunt her dreams. And now, even more haunting are the pictures someone is sending her: strange close-ups and candids, culminating in the most shocking portrait of all-a photo of her mother...naked, beautiful, and dead. Now Jo must return to the island, and to her bitterly extranged family-and, with the help of one man, learn the truth about the tragic past. But Sanctuary may be the most dangerouse place of all.
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I liked this book a lot! I just love Nora Roberts ability to tell a story with such descriptive power! It is a wonderful read that pulls you in with it's suspense!
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This is a seductive and suspenseful novel of dangerous liaisons and family betrayals...
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Keeps you guessing...
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Photographer Jo Ellen Hathaway thought she'd escaped the house called Sanctuary long ago. Now JO must return to the island, and to her bitterly estranged family and learn the truth about her tragic past. "one you won't want to lay down"
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thriller in a romantic vein
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Wonderful book with great story line, Nora Roberts is an excellent storyteller.
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such a great book.....I laughed, I cried, I was sad too see it end.
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I relly enjoyed this book.
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suspense and romance are both plentiful
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Great book!
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Excellent!
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A suspenseful tale of dangerous liasons and family betrayals.
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great setting, pretty typical Nora Roberts:)
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A classic Nora Roberts mystery/romance. A must for any romantic suspence fan.
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This author writes great mysterys.
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Another great Nora Roberts book. Love and mystery
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Typical Nora :)
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I really loved this one! It was a fun beach read, but it kept me guessing and entertained the whole way through! Love love love.. couldn't put it down!
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Good read. Book was very slow for the first 40 pages then picked up. I would recommend it only to BIG Nora Roberts fans. First time Roberts readers won't read long enough to appreciate her writing. Great story line, wonderful ending.
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Enjoyed reading this book. She kept you wondering who done it.
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This is another one of my favorites by Nora Roberts. In my opinion, her style of writing makes you want to keep reading until the end.

The characters are very complex in this book, but as they come together as a family, everyone can relate to at least one of the characters in the story.

The descriptions of the settings in the book aids the imagination in taking you there, you can almost smell the air and study the architecture by just closing your eyes.

Also, if you have a bit of a photography bug the main character Jo Ellen will appeal to you.


Overall and excellent read. Nora Roberts never disappoints!
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I DO enjoy a good Nora Robert's book, but I was not as impressed with this one. Maybe if I hadn't read the Chesapeake Bay series first, I may have enjoyed it more. It really seemed redundant to the other books I have read. Same story line, same characters with the same troubled past. I kept hoping it would get better. It is very predictable.
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I don't normal care that much for Nora Roberts' writing style, but I loved this book. I give it 4.5 out of 5.

The 5 things I loved about this book:

1. Location
Sanctuary is located on a beautiful island off the coast of Savannah GA. It was so much a part of the story it almost became one of the characters. Roberts description of this lush island was lyrical and let me I imagined I was right there.
2. Dynamics of the family
The Hathaways were alienated from each other due to the abandonment of the matriarch. Their actions and feelings are explained by their dreams and the secrets of the past.
3. Mystery
Was there someone stalking Jo Ellen & did they send her a picture of her dead mother which has now disappeared? Or was it just her imagination? What was behind the strange disappearances on the island? Was murder involved? Who can be trusted? It had me guessing.
4. Romance
There are 3 romances that evolved on the island which include love, games, distrust, anger, reconciliations, and some hot steamy love scenes.
5. Page turner
The best part was how involved I got with the story and the characters. Once I got into this book, I couldnt put it down. I didnt want it to end, but I couldnt wait to learn how all the secrets and loose ends would be tied up. I was not disappointed.
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ANOTHER ONE OF NORA ROBERTS MUST READ THIS IS ALSO ONE OF THE BOOKS THAT HAS BEEN MADE INTO A MOVIE.. AND THE MOVIE WAS GREAT ALSO
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The second Nora Roberts book that I read a year or so ago. Very good!
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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. Yet the sprawling resort off the Georgia coast continues to haunt her dreams. And now, even more haunting are the pictures someone is sending her: strange close-ups and candids, culminating in the most shocking portrait of all -- a photo of her m other...naked, beatiful and dead. Now Joe must return to the island, and to her bitterly estranged family -- and, with the help of one man, learn the truth about the tragic past. But Sanctuary may be the most dangerous place of all...
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Photorapher Jo Ellen Hathaway thought she'd escaped the house called Sancturary long ago. She'd spent her loneliest years there, after the sudden, unexplained disappearance of her mother. Yet the sprawling resort off the Georgia coast continues to haunt her dreams. And now, even more haunting are the pictures someone is sending her: strange close-ups and candids, culminating in the most shocking portrait of all--a photo or her mother...naked, beautiful, and dead. Now Jo must return to the island, and to her bitterly extranged family---and, with the help of one man, learn the truth about the tragic past. But Sanctuary may be the most dangerous place of all...
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Book is ok, but not one of my favorite from Nora. Took me a while to get into, but then held my interest.
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Jo Ellen must to the island where she grew up, to face the truth about her mother's disappearance.
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Another great one by Nora!
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Excellent Nora Roberts read!
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Loved this book, especially the ending.
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Nora Roberts at the top of her game. Very suspenseful, with lots of romance thrown in and a little sex to go along.
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Herione Jo returns to the island to learn about her family history.
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Great book,with a great plot.You won't want to put it down.
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Normally, I don't part with any Nora books, but this one was my sister's. She just cleaned out her bookshelf, so her loss can be your gain!

Great story about a woman who returns to her birthplace years after her mother has disappeared. Lots of suspense, a hurricane and romance all spun together.
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Threatened by an unknown stalker and haunted by pictures of her mother who'd mysteriously disappeared years ago, Jo Ellen returns to the island that's been home to her family for generations. This sets in motion a madman's plan that will endanger her family and others living on the island.
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Three romances in one book!
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A good, easy read. Not one of her best but fun all the same.
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A woman returns to her old house where she grew up and her estranged family.
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Not my favorite of NR's. The book was a bit too short for all the various stories Ms Roberts was trying to tell. And the youngest sister's theatrics annoyed me.

The suspense was good though, in particular at the end. If I wasn't at the edge of my seat, I was nearly there. However, while I was surprised to find out who the villain was, I can't help but think it didn't make as much sense as it could have. Maybe if the book had been longer. Or if we'd had more background.... Like I said, it was just a bit too short.

As Im a stout NR fan, I cant bring myself to give this one away, but this one will probably go to the back of the shelf.
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Photographer Jo Ellen Hathaway spent her loneliest years, after the sudden disappearance of her mother, at the house called Sanctuary off the Georgia coast. She thinks she has escaped the house until someone starts sending her pictures, of herself - candid and closeup - and a shocking protrait of her mother - naked, beautiful and dead. Jo returns to the island to learn the tragic truth about her past
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Didn't read; prefer action/mystery.
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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.
Yet the sprawling resort off Georgia coast continues to haunt her dreams. And now, even more haunting, are the pictures someone is sending her; strange close-ups and candids, culminating in the most shocking portrait of all---a photo of her mother... naked, beautiful, and dead.
Now Jo must return to the island, and to her bitterly estranged family--- and, with the help of one man, learn the truth about the tragic past. But Sanctuary may be the most dangerous place of all.....
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Photographer Jo Ellen thought she had escaped the house called Sanctuary long ago. She had spent her loneliest years there, after the sudden, unexplained disappearance of her mother. Now someone is sending her strange close-ups and candids, culminating in the most shocking portrait of all -- a photo of her mother---naked, beautiful and dead. Now Jo must return to the island and to her bitterly estranged family and with the help of one man learn the truth about the tragic past. But ,Sanctuary may be the most dangerous place of all...............
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Photographer Jo Ellen Hadaway thoght she'd escapted the house called Sanctuary a long time ago. She spent her lonelist time there after the sudden unexplained disappearance of her mother. Now someone is sending her pictures, strange closeups and candids and the most shocking is a photo of her mother, naked, beautiful and dead. She must return to the island to learn the truth about the tragic past but Sanctuary may be the most dangerous place of all.
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Jo thought she escaped the house where she spent the loneliest years after the disappearance of her mother.
after receiving pictures of her dead mother, she returns home to learn the truth about the tragic past.