Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns

Sanctuary BaySanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns

In this genre-bending YA thriller, will Sarah Merson’s shiny new prep school change her life forever or bring it to a dark and sinister end?

When Sarah Merson receives the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the most elite prep school in the country-Sanctuary Bay Academy-it seems almost too good to be true. But, after years of bouncing from foster home to foster home, escaping to its tranquil setting, nestled deep in Swans Island, couldn’t sound more appealing. Swiftly thrown into a world of privilege and secrets, Sarah quickly realizes finding herself noticed by class charmer, Nate, as well as her roommate’s dangerously attentive boyfriend, Ethan, are the least of her worries. When her roommate suddenly goes missing, she finds herself in a race against time, not only to find her, but to save herself and discover the dark truth behind Sanctuary Bay’s glossy reputation.

In this genre-bending YA thriller, Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz, Sarah’s new school may seem like an idyllic temple of learning, but as she unearths years of terrifying history and manipulation, she discovers this “school” is something much more sinister.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For me, the redeeming factor in this book was how close I felt–pretty much immediately, to Sarah, the main character. Perhaps because she is different than the other students at the academy and her thoughts seem somehow more natural and realistic, or maybe just because she is one of those easy to love characters. Either way, I wanted to know more about her and it kept me chugging through this story.

As far as set-up goes, this book does a lot of that, building a foundation for the future of the series. The school is very interesting. I liked the concept of a school that keeps track of its students at all times. The characters were each unique and added a lot of support for the main character, but I do think that mostly what keeps you reading in this book is the constant twists.

I felt like I was following a trail that often led one direction and then suddenly switched and went somewhere else. The end is a bit of a cliffhanger, which felt a little anticlimactic after chasing my tail for so long during the rest of the book. I am curious to see where the author is going to go with this.

If you enjoy books that are full of suspense–this one will thrill you.

I’m intrigued. I demand answers!

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

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