Sanctuary Bay

Sanctuary Bay

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When Sarah Merson receives the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the most elite prep school in the country- Sanctuary Bay Academy-it seems almost too good to be true. But, after years of bouncing from foster home to foster home, escaping to its tranquil setting, nestled deep in Swans Island, couldn't sound more appealing. Swiftly thrown into a world of privilege and secrets, Sarah quickly realizes finding herself noticed by class charmer, Nate, as well as her roommate's dangerously attentive boyfriend, Ethan, are the least of her worries. When her roommate suddenly goes missing, she finds herself in a race against time, not only to find her, but to save herself and discover the dark truth behind Sanctuary Bay's glossy reputation.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 20mm | 362.87g
  • Saint Martin's Griffin,U.S.
  • California, United States
  • English
  • 1250051363
  • 9781250051363
  • 2,025,448

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"An intriguing thriller that pairs YA romance with sci-fi danger in a creepy, Gothic-like setting (foggy island with a crumbling insane asylum, anyone?), this book is a white-knuckle read that pushes envelopes and makes the reader question everything, right along with Sarah." - USA Today's Happily Ever After blog

"Genuinely enjoyable from start to finish, this novel would lend itself most fully to those who gritty, grotesque expos s of superficially perfect people and places. A quickly captivating account of an outsider's new life inside a world of prestige, pleasure, and pain and her struggle to find acceptance and herself and to survive." - School Library Journal

"This mash-up of private-school lit meets mystery novel meets conspiracy theory should keep readers guessing as the horror continues to mount. Elizabeth LaBan's The Tragedy Paper (2013) and Jenny Hubbard's Paper Covers Rock (2011), with their elite-school settings and dark secrets, would both make interesting companion reads." - Booklist

"Burns and Metz, who have collaborated on Crave and other titles, build a suspenseful and satisfying narrative full of subtly creepy details...teetering between a psychological study of teenage peer pressure and an over-the-top horror flick." --Publishers Weekly

"The book is good" --Kirkus Reviews

"There's no escaping it. This story hooks you from page one and refuses to let go. Not that readers will want to be anywhere other than glued to Sarah Merson's side as she races to expose the sinister forces threatening to destroy everything good in her new life. Deliciously suspenseful, Sanctuary Bay is a twisted thriller brimming with dark secrets." --Barbara Stewart, author of The In-Between and What We Knew
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About Laura Burns

LAURA J. BURNS and MELINDA METZ have written many books for teens and middle-grade readers, including the Edgar-nominated mystery series Wright and Wong and the YA novels Crave and Sacrifice. They have also written for the TV shows ROSWELL, 1-800-MISSING, and THE DEAD ZONE. Laura lives in New York and Melinda lives in North Carolina, but really they mostly live on email, where they do most of their work together!
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572 ratings
3.6 out of 5 stars
5 20% (114)
4 38% (217)
3 29% (168)
2 9% (49)
1 4% (24)
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