Donna Ball invited me to join her month-long Q&A on Goodreads, and to download (for free) her new eBook Sanctuary. Like all that the offer was made to, I had to agree to read and review the book on Goodreads and/or Amazon by the end of the month.
Okay, onto the book itself! Next time keep up-to-date on these things could ya? Kidding!! (Smiles)
So we start off right away with Laura who's moving from Philadelphia with her 5 yo daughter to the new housing area in Calumit, NC, that she's helping to design. She being Laura, not the 5yo daughter. Though sad to leave hehing her 2 architectural firm partners, Laura needs a fresh start after surviving a violent attack. What Laura doesn't know is that she's not the only one seeking sanctuary in the Smoky Mountains where Calumit is located. Yes, the multiple desires of sanctuary will be a recurring theme, hence the book's title.
Within the 1st few chapters Ball drops you right in the middle of the terror and she doesn't let up on the pace until you screech to a halt at the end.
In the manner of Koontz, she makes you question humanity at its worst and its best. What has more potential for evil, humans or the supernatural? Are we truly superior or even more compassionate than others species? If we're so evolved, why do we ostracize and reject that which we don't know and therefore fear? What behaviors are labeled as survival and what's just a penchance for violence, why decides this anyways? Ball eloquently points the direction, but she leave the reader to come to their own conclusions.
She does all this with a writing style that comes in through your eyeballs, grabs a hold of your brain, and just sucks you right into the story. Eating will be a chore, sleeping will be an ignorable recommendation not a requirement, and breathing will be optional as you'll keep holding it while you slam through the pages.
Want something a little "less dark"? That's okay. Donna has lots of other titles that are in completely different genres for you to choose from, and the writing is just as great!