Review Sanctum by Madeleine Roux

Synopsis- Dan, Abby, and Jordan remain traumatized by the summer they shared in the Brookline asylum. Much as they’d love to move on, someone is determined to keep the terror alive, sending the teens photos of an old-timey carnival, with no note and no name. Forsaking their plan never to go back, the teens return to New Hampshire College under the guise of a weekend for prospective students, and there they realize that the carnival from the photos is not only real, it’s here on campus, apparently for the first time in many years.

Sneaking away from sample classes and college parties, Dan and his friends lead a tour of their own—one through the abandoned houses and hidden places of the surrounding town. Camford is hiding a terrible past, and the influence of the asylum runs deeper than Dan ever imagined. – Goodreads

Spoiler Review- I read the first book last year and loved it. I was expecting high things for this book which, unfortunately for me, wasn’t met. Although from the beginning you get a carnival feel (which is creepy itself) I got the idea that it was going to be full of ghosts.

This didn’t happen. Yes there were the odd creepy ghost boy that appeared randomly and that was about it. It felt a bit like a Scooby Doo episode where odd things happened and and the end the mask is taken off the reveal the culprit (which to be honest is exactly what happens in the end)

Everything as well seemed to have just fallen into the trio’s laps regarding clues and plans. Also if someone is going to be in a secret organisation, don’t make it obvious from the beginning. I just wish more was done about the carnival and not in some random buildings where Dan finds all the clues.

There were obviously parts of the book I enjoyed otherwise I would have dnf’d it. It was nice to see the 3 friends back together again. I missed Jordan’s wit and humour. I also enjoyed the links with the photos provided and the story. The story was good but it lacked something that the first one had.

All in all, I was disappointed with this book and I really really wanted to love it as much as the first. I highly recommend reading the first one but then maybe leaving it at that.


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