Sanctuary Bay — Laura Burns & Melinda Metz.

Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press, via NetGalley, for an opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review!

4.5/5

So I was invited to read Sanctuary Bay based on the review I’d posted of The Lost Girl by R.L. Stine. For those of you who don’t remember, I DNF’d it because it was too gory for my liking, although I did state that I liked the plot. Anyway, because of the connection between this book and The Lost Girl, I was worried that Sanctuary Bay would be way too gory for me to finish.

But nope! I zipped through it and thoroughly enjoyed it. I found the protagonist, Sarah, to be fairly likable, and while I suspected a few things in the book, I had absolutely no idea what was actually going on at Sanctuary Bay. Clearly it was something creepy, but what it turned out to be was something that I didn’t foresee at all.

**Spoiler alert!**

So 4.5/5 stars because:
* There were a few things mentioned in the book that had no bearing on the actual plot and just seemed to be thrown in for added horror (like the room with people missing limbs, eyes, ears, etc.).
* Apparently this is the start of a series(?) because there was a pretty crucial part of the storyline that was proved false at the end — that Sarah is not, in fact, an orphan, and that her dad may or may not be in on the bad stuff happening in the book.
* There are other storylines that need to be concluded and they totally weren’t. Such as — what is Sarah going to do to the man with the silver bird ring? and why were her parents’ deaths faked? or did her mom actually die and her dad survive?

Definitely loved the writing style though. I will most certainly be keeping these authors on my radar, and I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense and conspiracy type theories. And also, keep in mind that squeamish ol’ me would not put this in a horror category, so that’s a plus for people who don’t like gore and lots of blood and guts. 🙂

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