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2023 Book Review: Sanctum

by Sue Rovens

A Horror, 2023 by Bowker, 242 Pages 

What I Didn’t Like:

  • There’s a few morally righteous or “religious” characters in this story who have an openly negative opinion of the lesbian characters. That was hard to read. I also didn’t love the way it was never really resolved. It’s even implied that those characters were right but misguided … which I really didn’t love.
  • I wanted the creepy stuff slowed down a little. It seems to rush, letting the contemporary story lines take the majority of the time. I wanted the paranormal stuff to linger, build the tension. 
  • The ending leaves a lot of unanswered questions, which I’m fine with. But if you’re the kind of reader who likes all the answers, be warned. 

What I Did Like:

  • There’s a lot of details provided. They don’t detract from the story, instead making it easy for the reader to picture exactly what is being described. 
  • This has a twist on the traditional haunted house tale that I hadn’t seen before. It’s interesting! This could be explored more, almost turned into a series of sorts. Definitely something unique. 
  • Ed is a good character. Sucked into this world and dragged along, he’s perfect for leading us through this story.

Who Should Read This One:

  • Fans of haunted house stories who are eager for something they haven’t seen before.

My Rating: 3 Stars

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