Sanctuary by V. V. James. (2019).
**4 out of 5 stars**
Sanctuary is the perfect town…to hide a secret. Detective Maggie is in town to finalise the tragic accidental death of a star quarterback, Daniel. Then the rumours start; his ex girlfriend Harper is the daughter of a witch, Sarah. And Harper was there when Dan died. Dan’s mother Abigail will stop at nothing until she has justice. Her best friend Sarah will do everything in her power to protect Harper. The two women share a secret that could shatter their lives. As accusations begin to fly, it falls to Maggie to find the truth.
This book is set in a society where witchcraft is real and powerful, albeit uncommon. As you can imagine when something unexpected happens and people are upset, the town quickly lays the blame on the local witch and her daughter. It was almost horrifying to read just how quickly the town turns on someone that has spent years helping them all, purely because she has a power they can’t understand. And yet it was so damn believable and I could picture how easily that could happen in the context of heartbreak and secrets. The story is told from a few different perspectives: primarily Sarah, Abigail and Maggie with a small section from Harper. It also includes transcripts, newspaper articles, emails and police documentation etc which ties the narrative together nicely.
I really liked this book, it felt like it really hit the spot and was something different to get stuck into. Happily recommend.