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AudioBook Review: Sanctuary – V.V. James

Synopsis: 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 . . .

Narrated by:
– Laurel Lefkow
– Patricial Rodriguez
– Rachel Handshaw

Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins | Unabridged

Rating: 3/5 🌟🌟🌟

Genre:Β Mystery, Supernatural Thriller


Audiobooks, yay or nay? Before this book, I would have said nay. Last year I tried several audiobooks but the narrators of the books I chose just annoyed me with how they changed their tones or pitch to show the change in characters and it just felt wrong. I mean, it didn’t feel like they caught the essence of the characters. And of course, my mind wandered to get away from those voices lol.Β 

Sarah Fenn is the only witch in the town of Sanctuary and she’s heartbroken when she finds out her daughter, Harper has no magic. When Harper’s ex-boyfriend, Daniel dies in a suspicious accident at a party and she is accused of doing magic to kill him, Sarah must do whatever she can to prove the innocence of her muggle daughter.

The story is told from three main viewpoints – Sarah, Abigail (Daniel’s mother) and the state detective in charge of the case, Maggie Knight. I have to admit upfront here that I tend to avoid the Mystery genre because all the suspense just bores me, especially if the writing drags too much or if I guessed the villain right at the beginning.Β 

What hooked me in deep about this book at first were the narrators. They were so good at narrating this story that I was through five chapters before I realized I was interested in this story, a mystery at that.Β 

I wanted to know more about the dynamics between the mothers and Harper and Daniel and what caused Daniel’s death. Was his death an accident or was he murdered? If he was murdered, who killed him? And why? I was surprised at myself that I wanted to keep going.

However, despite the amazing narrators, the story still dragged and it wasn’t until halfway that I finally got some juice. Then it dragged some more before going intense in the ending chapters. My favorite characters were Harper and the detective, Maggie. As for all the moms, including Sarah and Abigail, I just detested them. They were all so ignorant about their children and more concerned about their own problems and sins.

The three stars were for the following:
1 – the Narrators who did such a fantastic job narrating this book.
2 – Harper and Maggie
3 – the plot twists which were pretty good.

I’m glad I decided to give audiobooks another try. I would have DNFed this book if the narration hadn’t been so good. It hasn’t changed my mind completely about audiobooks but I did enjoy this narration a lot more than I expected.


I'm a die-hard bibliophile and I'm also an introvert. My blog's about books, books and more books. (yep, that was easy) I might, from time to time, write about life and its vagaries. I like taking pictures of books and doing origami.

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