Sanctuary by V. V. James
The most popular boy in Sanctuary falls down the stairs at a party and dies - right before the house explodes into flames. In an ordinary world, this might have been an accident. But in this world, there are witches. A witch's daughter was there that night. And she has motive - it's her ex-boyfriend that's dead. The community of Sanctuary is about to unravel.
Wow, this was unexpectedly great (it was one of those "bargain box" books I received last year!). I couldn't read it fast enough. Sanctuary feels like a mashup of Practical Magic (movie, not the book) and Broadchurch - or is Gracepoint more apt, given the American setting? The book's thin on world-building, but it's not that kind of story. What it's great at doing is letting magic just... be there. Part of the community and part of the plot. It really works.
I seriously thought I was going to give this five stars... but it was let down somewhat by parts of the ending. Still, a pretty decent read. I think Sanctuary would make a fantastic miniseries.
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Alyce Caswell, when she isn't drinking her way through a giant pot of tea, can be found dabbling in multiple genres and writing forms. She has self-published several titles in her space opera family saga, which is divided into two series: The Galactic Pantheon and The Pantheon War. Her most recent book is The Shadow of the Gods.
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