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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group); New edition edition (2 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553811878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553811872
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.4 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,964,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When investigative journalist Isabel Morgan vanishes, her colleagues and lovers see this as just another gambit in her ever-dramatic life. But her closest friend, Leo Holland, is filled with a sense of dread: something terrible has happened to Isabel. She is more certain of this than of much else in a life that is teetering close to the edge. In desperation, she flies from New York to trace the woman she realizes has become her sustaining force. But how well does anyone know their best friend?

Convinced that Isabel's analyst holds the key to her disappearance, Leo masquerades as a potential patient. In the process, however, she discovers more than she set out to know. Danger, it seems, in Isabel's secret world, comes in many guises.

About the Author

Lisa Appignanesi
Lisa Appignanesi was the deputy director of London's Institute of Contemporary Arts before she became a full-time writer. Her non-fiction includes Freud's Women (with John Forrester) and a number of books about contemporary culture, including Losing the Dead. Her novels are Memory and Desire, Dreams of Innocence, A Good Woman, The Things We Do for Love, The Dead of Winter and Sanctuary. She lives in North London.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 April 2005
Format: Paperback
I have just finished Lisa Appignanesi's 493-page novel in one sitting. The pages turned themselves and the story never failed to engage my attention (even though my interest in the technicalities of GM crops is virtually nil). The cast of characters is quite large, but this is not one of those novels where they are so ill-characterised that the reader begins to forget who they all are. Each is vividly characterised and memorable, with the possible exception of the arch-villain, who is perhaps something of a cardboard cutout. Settings - from New York to trendy East London lofts to the North Devon coast - are nicely and convincingly described. The novel hinges extensively on psychoanalytical technique, of which the author clearly has a firm grasp - it is no surprise to discover that she has also written a non-fiction work on Freud. Last, but for me anything but least, the writing style is faultless, with hardly a word or a comma out of place (it is probably small-minded to ask why nobody noticed that distances in England are measured in miles and not in kilometres, but I will anyway). Altogether a highly enjoyable read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jun. 2000
Format: Hardcover
The story is interesting, especially her use of current modern concepts and problems like GM crops and greed to get a monopoly illegally etc. Her style in this book is rather clipped and threadbare; I would wish for something richer in descriptions of scenes, characters and events.
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I loved this book when I first read it years ago, and then decided to re-read it.Its a good thriller, albeit not of the very dark kind, but the author brings depth to it. I thoroughly enjoyed it again. And - very important - it has a good ending!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The psychology of Loss, Friendship ... and oh yes, Murder 13 Feb. 2005
By Drewry F. Wofford III - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Lisa Appignanesi's books are always steeped in the psychology of her characters and far less interested in the histrionics of the crime. Sanctuary is an all too painful reflection on how little we really know our best friends, not to mention ourselves, and how deeply affected we are by events in our past - no matter how hard we try to bury and forget them.

A friend goes missing, which sends New York artist Leo Holland off to London to find Isabel Morgan. But finding Isabel is more about exploring the psychological journey Isabel has taken over the past months than tracing the physical movement of the character. We trace Isabel's steps as we trace her visits to multiple analysts in London and her awakening and fixation over finding her lost father. Once presumed dead, Isabel's father surfaces, and the London based author embarks on a journey of discovery - finding out who he is and where he is. All with fatal results.

All traces of Isabel's physical journey seem to have been erased - but exploring the psyche leads Leo Holland into a world of legitimate and not so legitimate analysts and clinics. Finding Isabel always seems to be on the fringe of possibilities - but finding out the causes of her journey and disappearance is what this book is all about. In an effort to get behind the screen of "Doctor-Patient Confidentiality", Leo puts herself on the analysts' couches, and finds out things about herself, as well as her friend's demons. At times, it becomes difficult to separate her own fears from those that haunted Isabel.

There is a secondary structure to this book, which is the case notes that one of the books analysts makes about the patient. Each of the major sections of the book starts with the doctor's case notes that relate to this period in Isabel's analysis. Through out the book we see events and psyche through Leo's eyes; the case notes give us a different perspective.

Lisa Appignanesi's books never move with blazing speed. Rather they are steeped in careful exploration of mind and character. This is as good a book as I have read by this author. Well worth the time and effort.
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