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Sanctuary [Kindle Edition]

Donna Ball
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In the terrifying tradition of Dean Koontz...

Fleeing the violence and crime of life in the city, architect Laura Kane and her five year old daughter Christy move to an exclusive planned community deep in the untouched mountain wilderness of the Smoky Mountains. Legend has it that their home is built on holy ground. Other legends tell of hideous beasts that roam the mountainside, Yeti-like creatures so terrifying that no one has ever dared disturb their sanctuary… until now.

First there are random acts of vandalism, then small pets begin to disappear, and then men go into the woods and don’t come back. When Christy’s nightmares begin to suggest that she can actually communicate with the creatures who are wreaking such havoc on their small and vulnerable community, Laura is terrified. Because Christy’s dreams tell her that the monsters are coming for her next.

And she is right.

Sanctuary is a suspense-filled tale of love, courage and redemption that will take you in its grip from the first page and leave you breathless by the last. Because sometimes the real monsters are the ones you can’t escape, no matter how far you run.

Praise for the Work of Donna Ball:

“A maelstrom of suspense… gripping, intense”

“[Ball] knows how to keep a story moving”
--Kirkus Reviews

“A Major talent of the genre”
--Publisher’s Weekly

“A must read”

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1533 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Merle Publishing (31 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UVQR4I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #451,788 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 2 Jan 2012
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I downloaded this book as it was in the top 100 free books and thought it sounded an intriguing read. I was disappointed....

The whole plot is like some cheap horror film, and I struggled to read to the end. I skim read a lot of this, as by the time I was 30% through it I wanted to give up, but I ploughed on and read it all. The last chapter is the best, and only, decent part of the book, but I just don't understand the point of the book really. I didn't find it entertaining, it is slow, and the characters are not at all engaging.

The plot centres around a mother and daughter who move from the city to a remote village in the mountains close to a vast wood. The entire book centres around the myth and 'rumours' of "monsters" living in there. Are they there? What are they? (And after a couple of hundred pages I just didn't care....) Then there is a series of dead animals....then dead people....the main characters are scared of being in their new house, then suddenly the 5 year old girl has a sense of what the 'monsters' are going to do next, and she knows who/what they've killed after its been done. Then later on in the book as the girl falls into trouble she can telepathically send messages to her worried mother.....

Its all bizarre, far fetched and utterly unbelievable as a storyline.

Don't bother wasting any money on this book - I'm glad I didn't....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old Fashioned Horror 28 Aug 2012
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I am not sure when I downloaded this one but am glad that I did. Yes its a plot line we have all seen before so nothing new here but it did get the hairs on the back of my neck to stand up a few times and that's a few times more than most of the "Horror" stories that I read. The whole purpose horror stories is to scare and this one manages it without buckets of blood on every page.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars couldn't finish 9 Jun 2013
By eab - Published on
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I'm sorry but I got halfway through this book when I had to stop reading. You see I'm a dog lover and it is hard for me to understand how someone who can write the Raine Stockton dog series can write a book like this. I couldn't get past what supposedly happened to the puppy. I know I didn't read on and the story may not have proceeded the way I thought it did but I couldn't take the chance of finding out so I quit. Reading about animals being tortured whether by a monster or a human is not an enjoyable read to me. So I guess I will have to just stick to Donna Ball's Rains Stockton series and forget about any of her other books. I can't take the nightmares I will now have about puppies!!!
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No eating, no sleeping, no breathing! 28 April 2011
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So we start off right away with Laura who's moving from Philadelphia with her 5 yo daughter to the new housing area in Calumit, NC, that she's helping to design. She being Laura, not the 5yo daughter. Though sad to leave hehing her 2 architectural firm partners, Laura needs a fresh start after surviving a violent attack. What Laura doesn't know is that she's not the only one seeking sanctuary in the Smoky Mountains where Calumit is located. Yes, the multiple desires of sanctuary will be a recurring theme, hence the book's title.

Within the 1st few chapters Ball drops you right in the middle of the terror and she doesn't let up on the pace until you screech to a halt at the end.

In the manner of Koontz, she makes you question humanity at its worst and its best. What has more potential for evil, humans or the supernatural? Are we truly superior or even more compassionate than others species? If we're so evolved, why do we ostracize and reject that which we don't know and therefore fear? What behaviors are labeled as survival and what's just a penchance for violence, who decides this anyways? Ball eloquently points the direction, but she leave the reader to come to their own conclusions.

She does all this with a writing style that comes in through your eyeballs, grabs a hold of your brain, and just sucks you right into the story. Eating will be a chore, sleeping will be an ignorable recommendation not a requirement, and breathing will be optional as you'll keep holding it while you slam through the pages.

Want something a little "less dark"? That's okay. Donna has lots of other titles that are in completely different genres for you to choose from, and the writing is just as great!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The "sasquatch" is not a sasquatch 16 Aug 2013
By Mikeysdreamgal - Published on
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I thought this book was about a Sasquatch but it wasn't, I was disappointed at the violence in the book. There was some romance. The ending was not expected. The writer writes well.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, but scary story 8 July 2014
By Jen - Published on
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I didn't do scary stories, but I do like mysteries and this story is both. I have read several of Donna's series and decided to give this book a try. This is an excellent story that I couldn't put down, Though I couldn't read the scary parts at night. A single mother and her child move to an upscale new development then pets and people start being killed. This story ask a lot of questions regarding the killers. That's all I'm going to say.
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful Reading! 4 Jun 2014
By Connie - Published on
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Donna Ball has crafted a suspenseful story about an architect and mother (Laura) and her young daughter (Christy) who move to their beautifully designed dream home in the mountains of North Carolina. There, an ancient mystery and physical destruction combine to drive them away from their home. Laura has her own kind of grit that makes her want to stay in their new home in spite of scarey acts of violence around them. Christy has a bit of telepathy that plays a pivotal role in the story. Two men, one a local sheriff and the other a former doctor and writer weave in and out of Laura's life. Are they both good guys, there to help...or not?
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