Sanctuary. It's the perfect town. . . to hide a secret.
To Detective Maggie Knight, the death of Sanctuary's star quarterback seems to be a tragic accident.
Then the rumours start.
Everyone knows his ex-girlfriend is the daughter of a witch - and she was there when he died.
Bereaved mother Abigail will stop at nothing until she has justice for her dead son. Her best friend Sarah will do everything in her power to protect her accused daughter. And the women share a secret that could shatter their lives.
As accusations fly, it falls to Maggie to find out the truth before her investigation spirals out of control.
And the town becomes no sanctuary at all.
Welcome to my stop on the Sanctuary blog tour! Today I am excited to share my review of this book!
Trigger warning for this book: rape, sexual assault of minors, bullying and substance abuse.
~I was gifted a copy from the publishers - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - What a fantastic book. Gripping from the first page, full of tension and just filled with mystery that I adore. Vic is a fantastic writer and she really knows how to grip the reader from the beginning. This book was really interesting, I love the plot, how the story played out and the characters!
In this book there is a death. Daniel was the towns star quarterback and died tragically. Fingers are pointed at his ex-girlfriend Harper who happens to be the daughter of the towns witch. She does not possess any powers but, she has a strong motive for killing Daniel and was there the night of the party. Detective Maggie Knight is brought in to work on the case but, as it draws on the town starts to loose their mind over what happened to Daniel. Can she figure out the truth before this becomes a witch-hunt?
What I really enjoyed about this book was that it was told by different POV. Sarah, Maggie, Harper and Abigail and includes transcripts, emails, police documents and articles. It was really interesting to read it from these women. From the mothers, Sarah, the mother of Harper and reading how she felt as her daughter was being accused and Abigail, the mother of Daniel, desperate to find out what happened to him.
The story will keep the reader on their toes. As it plays out and secrets and lies are revealed it keeps the mystery right until the end. Vic has written a brilliant book here with a small town dealing with grief and sadness but, also with magic involved! It was such a good mix and I enjoyed every second off it.
A British boy narrowly survives the sinking of his yacht in a huge storm off the coast of Morocco. After days alone at sea in a tiny rowing boat Bill rescues a girl clinging for her life to a barrel. Aya, from the nomadic Berber tribe, was escaping to Europe when her migrant ship was destroyed in the same storm. Through endless days and star-spangled nights, they drift – mere specks on the vast, empty ocean – weakened by fear, hunger, and burned by the unforgiving sun. Aya tells Bill about The Arabian Nights, and Shahrazad, who told 1001 stories to save her life. As hope of rescue begins to fade, they find strength in these tales of magic, brave heroes, wily thieves, greedy sultans, and courageous girls.
When they land on a desert island, they're surprised to be confronted by a stranger who is not what he seems... and back out on the waves once more in the dark deep, a shadow follows...
It is my stop today for the Girl. Boy. Sea. by Chris Vick blog tour and I am excited to be sharing an extract from this brilliant book! Let me know in the comments what you think and don't forget to follow the rest of the tour!
The thing was dark and round-ish. Jetsam. Maybe a barrel or oil drum bobbing in the water. And there was something on top of it. Some clogged-up rope or netting.
I got closer. It was a plastic barrel. The thing draped over the top was covered in rags.
And had two spindly legs sticking out of it.
My heart thumped. ‘Hello?’ I shouted. ‘HEY!’ My voice sounded strange in the silence.
I paddled near in the dusk.
‘Oi!’ I shouted. I found a euro coin in my shorts and threw it. It bounced off the rags and plopped into the water.
I sat there a while, knowing I had to go to the barrel, to the rags, the legs. But working up to it. Because I’d never seen a dead body before.
Closer, I saw a nest of black hair falling from the end of the rags and dusty feet sticking out the other. Skinny legs. Bones wrapped in skin.
I was shaking. I wanted to see. I didn’t want to see.
I paddled up to the barrel and prodded a foot with the oar.
‘Hey!’ I said. Then I thought: I’m shouting at no one. You’re dead.
I grabbed at a bit of rag and pulled the barrel closer. The rags were a blanket or cloak. I lifted it with trembling fingers. Underneath was a girl. About my age. Long thin face, closed eyes, dusk skin. She didn’t seem to be breathing.
She was dead. But I had to be sure, had to know. I reached over the side of the boat, as much as I dared without tipping it, and got a hand under each of her armpits. I closed my eyes and turned my face away. She smelled rank. I pulled. She was skinny but a hefty weight. A dead weight. The boat rocked as I dragged and lifted, huffing and grunting, hauling her over the gunnel. She thumped on the floor like a massive landed fish.
Her eyes were closed, but her lips parted slowly, as if they’d been glued together.
Her lips closed, then opened again. Her eyes opened too. Brown and wide, rolling and spinning. Not seeing. She breathed a croaking sigh.
‘Hello,’ I said. I sat there like a lemon before I sussed what to do. I grabbed the water and poured a sip onto her mouth.
‘Aman,’ she breathed.
I gave her more water. I felt bad because it was all I had left. Then I felt bad for feeling bad and gave her a bit more. A bit.
She saw me then.
‘Aman,’ she croaked, and pointed to the sea.
‘What man?’ If there’d been a boat, or anything, I’d have seen it.
‘Is that aman?’ I said. The barrel she’d been floating on was bobbing in the water a metre or two away.
I paddled us to it. It had a short length of rope on the top end attached to a handle. I tied it to the hook on the bow.
I gave her more water. Her hand reached to grab the bottle. I pulled it away, showed her what was left, and shrugged.
‘We have to save it,’ I said, thinking: I have to save it. I had the idea that if she got hold of it she’d drink it in one go. All of it. I thought of the food in the hold, of how long we might be out here. I was glad to have found her, and at the same time, not glad. Worried.
In rural Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarine: a pressurized oxygen chamber that patients enter for "dives", used as an alternative therapy for conditions including autism or infertility. But when the Miracle Submarine mysteriously explodes, killing two people, a dramatic murder trial upends the Yoos' small community.
Who or what caused the explosion? Was it the mother of one of the patients, who claimed to be sick that day but was smoking down by the creek? Or was it Young and Pak themselves, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? The ensuing trial uncovers unimaginable secrets from that night - trysts in the woods, mysterious notes, child-abuse charges - as well as tense rivalries and alliances among a group of people driven to extraordinary degrees of desperation and sacrifice.