Published by St. Martin's Griffin on January 19, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Source: eARC from Publisher
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 and struggling with the memory of her parent’s murder, escaping to the school’s 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.
some of some of the perks and drawbacks/challenges of co-authoring a novel
We’ll start with the perks, because there are a lot more of them.
- It’s fun! Our “writing process” involves a lot of procrastination, which involves lots of talking about movies, TV, junk food, dogs, and whatnot. It’s not as entertaining to talk to yourself.
- When one of us gets stuck we can just put “You write this part” in the manuscript. That could also be a drawback—depends on who wrote the note and who has to respond. Laura usually throws any sexy stuff to Melinda, but Melinda actually likes to write it, so there you go.
- We each have someone to complain to about how hard writing is.
- Two heads make plotting easier. WAY easier.
- We are almost always in agreement about what we want to do with the book we’re writing.
- We’re both former editors, so we can edit each other—and neither of us get all sensitive about it. Besides, the book belongs to both of us, and since we’re always acting in the best interest of the book, nobody gets their feelings hurt.
And for the drawbacks:
- We are almost always in agreement about what we want to do with the book we’re writing—so we’re not that great about giving each other perspective. This has gotten to be more of a problem the longer we’ve been writing together. Our brains are so in synch that we worry maybe a joke isn’t working or a character isn’t as cool as we think—just because we both think the same way doesn’t mean a reader will.
- There is no number two. Writing partnerships are the best!
Book Briefs: thank you so much for being here today ladies. I would love to have someone around to edit me! That is a huge perk!
Sanctuary Bay is the collaborative effort of authors Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz. It is a young adult mystery that was totally mind warping. In a really good way. This book really had me on the edge of my seat. It takes place at an exclusive boarding school, and right away the authors did a great job setting the spooky atmosphere. As soon as the main character, Sarah arrives, she finds out that there is no leaving the island- not to shop, or visit town, not to get packages and not to even talk to people. There is no internet or contact with the outside world. I knew something creepy was going on. But I was instantly hooked. And as the story unfolds, it just kept getting more and more twisted and intense.
I love boarding school settings. And when you throw in a super mysterious setting, and secret societies, I just have to check it out. Sanctuary Bay was all that it promised and even more. It reminded me of the movie, Shutter Island. A psychological thriller, that just kept catching me off guard. Authors Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz zigged when I expected them to zag, and they went off the freakin’ charts when I expected them to stay the course. To say they took me by surprise is a complete understatement. Sanctuary Bay is a book that you need to read closely and stick with until the very last page because thee is a lot going on. I loved the characters and the plot had me reading as fast as I possibly could so I could see what was going to happen next. I skipped dinner, I was so engrossed! (and trust me, that does not happen with me.)
Bottom line: if you like books that mess with your mind, Sanctuary Bay is one that you need to be reading like yesterday. But be sure to block off an afternoon and a night because you will not want to put this one down. Perfect for fans of creepy boarding school settings and of the movie Shutter Island. Read Sanctuary Bay and then come talk to me, because I want to chat with you about a lot of things!
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