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By: Nora Roberts, Sandra Burr, et al.
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But now, the sprawling resort off the coast of Georgia haunts her dreams. Even more haunting are the pictures that someone is sending her - strange close-ups, candid shots, and finally, the most shocking and heartbreaking portrait of all: a photograph of her long-lost mother. . . naked, beautiful, and dead.
Jo realizes that it's time to return to Sanctuary. The island inn, still run by her estranged family, brings back painful memories and the troubled relationships she struggled so hard to escape and forget. But it seems that her stalker can even breach the safety of this tiny island, where everybody knows everybody - or thinks they do. And Sanctuary may be the most dangerous place of all.
Upon arriving, Jo finds little has changed. Part of Sanctuary is an inn. Her father, Sam, still resents every visitor that messes up his sandy beaches. Her cousin, Kate, still takes care of everyone. Her sister, Alexa, is still dreaming of performing on Broadway. Giff, the handyman and longtime friend, still loves Alexa. Her brother, Brian, still takes care of running the inn He has become quite the chef.
As Jo settles into island life, keeping her troubles to herself, she realizes some things do actually change. Kirby has grown up, gone to medical school, and came back to be the island’s doctor. And sometimes life throws in a surprise or tow, such as Nathan Delaney visiting Sanctuary for the next six month. He has spent a summer on the island when he was only ten-years-old. Gone is the too skinny boy though, replaced by a strong, handsome man who slowly sneaks his way under her skin.
Yet Jo’s problems do not stay in New York. Her stalker has followed her to the island. It will not be long before he will take Jo away from everyone. He intends to shoot lovely photos of her before he closes her eyes forever.
***** FIVE STARS! Author Nora Roberts has created a romantic, yet chilling, tale involving family ties, love, and murder. Be warned that there are graphic scenes. The author mainly follows Jo, but all the other characters mentioned in my synopsis are as well. Even the stalker/killer is followed and readers watch him kidnap, rape, and kill women. Again, consider yourself warned.
Set upon a luscious island with sandy beaches and dense forests, this novel kept me engrossed from the start. I stayed up well past my bedtime. I simply had to know what happened next. But sometimes, sleep is over rated. *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
Do yourself a favor, read Nora Roberts but take a pass on this one!