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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Review: The Sanctuary by Ted Dekker

About the book:
THE SANCTUARY is the gripping story of vigilante priest, Danny Hansen, who is now serving a fifty year prison term in California for the murder of two abusive men. Filled with remorse, Danny is determined to live out his days by a code of non-violence and maneuvers deftly within a ruthless prison system.

But when Renee Gilmore, the woman he loves, receives a box containing a bloody finger and draconian demands from a mysterious enemy on the outside, Danny must find a way to escape.

They are both drawn into a terrifying game of life and death. If Renee fails, the priest will die; if Danny fails, Renee will die. And the body count will not stop at two.

THE SANCTUARY is Ted Dekker at his best, a powerful thriller that relentlessly plumbs the depths of punishment and rehabilitation, both in a flawed corrections system and in the human heart.
My rating:
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My thoughts:

A really good follow-up to The Priest's Graveyard. I thought The Sanctuary had suspense, action, and some thought-provoking moments. I wasn't a huge fan of the ending for reasons I'll refrain from saying to avoid spoilers.

I ended up listening to this book on audio, instead of reading my print copy and, I have to say, the narrators did a fabulous job! They made listening to this book a real treat! :)

If you've read The Priest's Graveyard, then I think you'll want to continue the story of Danny and Renee by reading The Sanctuary; but even if you haven't, I think you'll be able to follow along and enjoy this book.

Overall, a really good thriller. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to fans of the genre.

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  1. I liked The Priest's Graveyard; never got around to reading Sanctuary. Actually, I wasn't even aware that it was a continuation. Thanks for the review!

    1. I hope you enjoy The Sanctuary, if you decide to read it. :) I really liked it - except for the way things ended.


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