'Compulsive, twisty and deliciously dark' 5* reader review
'Another brilliant book by Charlotte Duckworth!' 5* reader review
'A fabulous twisty thriller' 5* reader review
'Tense and gripping' 5* reader review
'Addictive and devourable and I loved every second' 5* reader review
Four pregnant women. Three nights of pampering at an exclusive yoga retreat. One too many deadly secrets . . .
On a remote farm in the deepest Devonshire countryside, four pregnant women arrive at an exclusive yoga retreat for a five-star weekend of prenatal pampering. The location is idyllic.
Their host, Selina, is eager to teach them all she knows about pregnancy and motherhood. But, like Selina, each of the women has a secret.
And secrets can be deadly . . .
Praise for The Sanctuary
'Dark, compelling and wonderfully creepy' Karen Hamilton
'A superbly plotted thriller - I could not put it down' Celia Rees
'A fast-paced, twisty thriller' Nikki Smith
'A writer at the top of her thriller game' Louise Mumford
'Compelling' Jess Ryder
'Full of tension and secrets and so many twists!' Lauren North
'Gripping' Emma Christie
'Wonderfully sinister and compelling' Caroline Hulse
'Duckworth's best yet' Rebecca Fleet
'A completely addictive read' Sophie Flynn
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Consumers of fiction will know that when a group of characters from different backgrounds are brought together in a remote or idyllic location, it rarely goes well for them. In The Sanctuary, those characters are four pregnant women and that location is a luxury prenatal retreat in the depths of Devon. Told from each of the guests’ perspectives, along with that of enigmatic retreat leader Selina, this is a twisty thriller that could easily be read in one sitting. Compelling, sinister, and very timely—the ethics of vaccinations come up early on—it’s a dark portrayal of what happens when wellness goes wrong.
This well-crafted suspense novel from British author Duckworth (The Perfect Father) sets the hook with an arresting first line: "Did you know the number 1 cause of death in pregnant women is murder?" Four women sign up for a luxury, three-day prenatal retreat, held at a farm called the Sanctuary located in "deepest darkest Devon." Owned by midwife Selina and her partner, Will, the Sanctuary offers yoga, cooking demonstrations, counselling, healing crystals, and nature walks. The guests are Nicky, pregnant at 42 with her third child; Nicky's much younger half sister, Bonnie, who has yet to say who the father of her unborn child is; blunt-talking Poppy; and Georgia, a journalist who has been offered a free stay in exchange for what Selina hopes will be a positive review. Things soon begin to go mysteriously, and sometimes dangerously, wrong. Are these pranks, or are they merely a prelude to something more sinister? Duckworth nicely doles out each woman's secrets as she keeps the reader guessing who the murder victim will be, though the ending is a bit limp. This is quick, easy, and undemanding entertainment.