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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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By Judy on 02-24-10

Good book!

Let's face it, Nora Roberts is a master at this stuff, and even though this is obviously an older novel, it doesn't disappoint. The characters are very well-developed and I fell in love with all of them! There are about 4 different romantic stories going on, but enough time is given to each story so that you feel invested in the characters. I found myself smiling a lot and even chuckling aloud in a couple of places. The mystery aspect was also well-played.

The narrator, however... while she did a great job with character distinction, the voices she chose to represent each character seemed a bit off, particularly with the males. I don't mean to nitpick, but isn't that one of the reasons we choose audio books over hard copies? Anyway, if the narration had been a little better, it would have made a good book great.

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By Elisabeth on 03-05-14

Keep in mind this is from the 1990s

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

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.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I'd read it was a "surprise" twist ending... can't say I was blown away by it. It was a good plot generally.

What does Sandra Burr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She did a good job, but nothing stellar.

Was Sanctuary worth the listening time?

Yes - interesting just to see how Roberts' writing has changed, and gotten better over the years.

Any additional comments?

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.

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By Nadia on 05-24-09

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.

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By Peter on 07-22-12

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

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