Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz
Expected publication: January 19th 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Goodreads Summary: In this genre-bending YA thriller, will Sarah Merson’s shiny new prep school change her life forever or bring it to a dark and sinister end?
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.
In this genre-bending YA thriller, Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz, Sarah’s new school may seem like an idyllic temple of learning, but as she unearths years of terrifying history and manipulation, she discovers this “school” is something much more sinister.
Review: I received this ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The synopsis of this book really intrigued me but while reading the book I realized that the synopsis didn’t really do it justice. Sarah just got a scholarship to this super elite prep school that’s on an isolated island in Maine. The school has a “total immersion” policy. Students, teachers, staff are not allowed to leave the island or have communication with people off the island until they graduate. They have their own closed circuit cell phone network and the phones are also used to track where the students are. They have access to internet but not Facebook, email, Twitter or Instagram. This totally had me on the hook! And then some crazy stuff starts to happen. Sarah’s roommates disappear in the middle of the night so she decides to follow them one night and discovers they are a part of a secret society. There are so many twists and turns in this book, it is sure to keep you hooked! I know I was. The only thing that I didn’t like so much was that the last chapter seemed to end a little abruptly. The epilogue wrapped a few things up but I’m really hoping this is going to have a sequel to find out what happens with Sarah and Ethan. This is not just another prep school mystery thriller. I really enjoyed reading this book.