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The sanctuary


Ben is a young painter from the crowded, turbulent city. For six months his fiancée Cara has been living on the remote island of Sanctuary Rock, the property of millionaire philanthropist Sir John Pemberley. Now she has decided to break off their engagement and stay there for good. Ben resolves to travel to the island to win Cara back. But the journey there is a harsh and challenging one, and when he does arrive, a terrible shock awaits him. As Ben begins to find his way around Pemberley’s perfect island, he knows he must also discover – what has made Cara so determined to throw her old life away? And is Sanctuary Rock truly a second Eden, as the mysterious Sir John claims – or a prospect of hell?

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There’s no way back from paradise.

From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Last Day, this high-concept thriller will provoke and grip you from the very first page . . .

‘Imaginative and intriguing … Sucks you in and doesn’t let you leave until the very last page’ Anthony Horowitz
‘Smoothly written, thought provoking … with an effective shocker of an ending’ Guardian
‘The considerable pleasure of this novel is in the getting from here to there’ The Times

Sanctuary Rock is a perfect place.

A remote island, owned by a wealthy philanthropist who is building a brand-new world on the ruins of the old one.

Ben only came to the island to bring his fiancée Cara home. But when he arrives, he is rapidly seduced by the vision of a better way of life, as described by the charismatic and mysterious Sir John.

Before long, he decides to stay.

But the island holds darker secrets than he could ever have suspected.

Then he learns the only route back to the mainland is about to close for good.

And his own life may be in terrible danger . . .

‘Absolutely brilliant. I’m thinking it needs to be made into a movie!’ Zoe Ball
‘Gripping, unsettling and original. Andrew Hunter Murray is a fabulous storyteller.’ Tim Harford
‘Rich in imagination and stylishly written … Totally absorbing.’ Paul Burke, Crime Time FM

Readers can’t get enough of The Sanctuary . . .

***** ‘A thoughtful, impressive science fiction thriller.’
***** ‘I hope AHM keeps writing books because they are *chef’s kiss* perfection.’
***** ‘Some great twists, turns and surprises! Thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking.’
***** ‘I like Andrew Hunter Murray’s style … It was a brilliant read.’
***** ‘This book took a totally different turn to what I was expecting! Really enjoyable, stayed up late to finish it as the story was so tense towards the end.’

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Weight 0.34 kg
Dimensions 19.6 × 12.8 × 3.8 cm










1st paperback ed


823.92 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K