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ISBN: 0373227981
ISBN13: 978-0373227983
Category: Romance
Subcategory: Contemporary
Author: Susan Peterson
Language: English
Publisher: Harlequin Intrigue (August 25, 2004)
ePUB size: 1911 kb
FB2 size: 1472 kb
Rating: 4.8
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Midnight Isle Sanctuary by Susan Peterson is a nifty little "Gothic" tale from Harlequin Intrigue. Peterson, shows great imagery in her writing, and a talent to evoke emotions. I did have a small problem from the start. With the very limited size of Harlequin Intrigues, they generally keep their prologues to just a couple pages. Peterson has a 15-page prologue that really detracted just a bit from the book. It's a set up¯why Cora is basically going to Midnight Island to hide out. However, she could have jumped straight into page one of the story and used the prologue as back-story with in the chapter. It's just jarring. It's starts out with a killer attacking Cora, and it's plays more like a slasher suspense. Then the book moves into a really great gothic. The two just really did not gel together. Also, it seemed a little gratuitous in this sort of novel. The book would have played much better to start with the reader go to the island with Cora and learn about her as the story unfolded. The 15-pages of the killer attacking Cora, was too long, and really not needed, since any details could have been folded into the story. You can jump into Chapter One and enjoy the book without it, so it said it was not needed. The 15-pages could have been used in the story itself, since Intriques are only 250 pages long.

Cora Shelly's friend was killed and she attacked, and she is waiting to testify Eric Dubane. The man swears he will come for Cora in court. (That is a bit of stereotypical overkill. How many times do people really declare this in court for real?) Cora decides to accept employment as a cook on a remote island in the St. Lawrence Seaway, at a castle owned by the Mackenzies. (I give Peterson an extra star for getting the small k in the name correct!) The island is own by William Mackenzie, an ailing man who rarely leaves his room. He is married to the well-preserved second wife, Amanda. She was the one who hired Cora as cook for the large household. Jake Mackenzie is the sole heir to his father's shipping firm, and now runs it. In typical Gothic fashion, Jake's wife vanished two years before, and the police have given up looking for her. Maggie Mackenzie is the emotionally fragile stepsister to Jake. She is hiding dark secrets she's itching to tell. Dr. Sheffield and his wife are frequent visitors to the castle, and it's under his care that Cora begins to have strange nightmares. Naturally, Jake at first is gruff with Cora, but attraction flairs.

It's a dark and stormy night tale, done with a strong flair. Despite the small flaws, Peterson gives the reader an enjoyable story that is reminiscent of old Dark House movies of the 40s and 50s. I look forward to more stories from this writer.
I've been reading a lot of books from the Harlequin Intrigue line lately. I always tend to find myself intrigued (hah-hah) by the storylines, but too often, the stories have just not flowed well. This one is better than most of the others, but still not the exception.

Cora Shelley has survived a nightmare. She and her roommate lived next-door from a seemingly normal guy who turned out to be a psycho. After a few months of suspicious circumstances (unimportant objects disappearing or being moved in their appartment, for instance), the psychopath struck in earnest, killing Cora's roommate and taking Cora prisoner, intending to kill her, too. Cora managed to escape and is now determined to testify against him in court.

However Cora's really freaked out by the murderer's promise to come after her, so she decides to run away and hide under an assumed name until the trial, not telling anyone where she's going. She takes a job as a cook in an isolated castle in the middle of an island in either Canada or northern US (can't remember which, just that it's a really cold place!). But when she hears that the murderer has broken out of jail, Cora wonders if she has she managed to outrun him, after all. Because certain weird events are making her question whether Midnight Island will be a sanctuary for her, after all.

Let's start with what worked. What I liked best about MIS was the ambience, which was outstanding and very, very gothic. There's a castle, which Peterson describes in such a way that it feels real, and there's a mysterious man with a mysterious past, which includes a wife who seems to have disappeared in mysterious circumstances, and it was all suitably, well, mysterious.

There are also those strange things which start happening to Cora, which would have been really interesting if her reactions hadn't been so absolutely stupid. Because that was my main problem with this book: a heroine who keeps making puzzling choices over and over, who reacts in ways that are completely against common sense and are only explainable by the fact that the author needs to move her plot in certain directions. And really, if she never managed to realize for herself that there must be something in that tea, then she deserved whatever she got!

Something else that really, really bothered me were the heavy-handed messages about gender-roles. As an example of what I mean, there's the very explicit way in which Peterson describes how the "good" women (Cora, Jake's mother) cook for "their men", while the "bad" ones (Amanda, Natalie) refuse to and prefer to hire others to do what Ms. Peterson obviously considers "their" job as women. Blech.

And the romance? Really ho-hum. There's just not any chemistry between Jake and Cora, and the HEA for them came completely out of the blue. These two were ready to start dating, not to get married!

Oh, well, at least the final explanation of what's been going on is a good one, and makes sense. It didn't manage to save the book for me, but at least things ended in a somewhat good note.
Having been out of the loop concerning trends in the romance publishing industry, I found myself highly pleased with the publisher's ability to give its readers what they want. It's a lot edgier than the stories I cut my teeth on 20 years ago when I first picked one up. One of not only Harlequin's Intrigue line, which offers stories of intense romantic suspense, but also part of Intrigue's "Eclipse" subline, this book fits neatly into the "gaslight" genre Harlequin intended.

Like the movie Gaslight, this book stars a somewhat frail heroine undergoing a series of strange nighttime happenstances that call her sanity into question. I never got impatient with the heroine, however, whose delicacy is related to a violent attack and being on the run from a psychotic killer, and she handles herself well under the circumstances. The setting for this book could not have been more perfect for a pre-Halloween read. Our heroine seeks refuge on a secluded island in the frigid Northeast, in a huge castle peopled with odd characters caught up in their own hidden agendas. The castle boasts a network of secret passageways and a pair of vigilant Rottweillers, and when it isn't raining and sleeting, a chill wind blows dry leaves in corners. Though the outcome was highly predictable, getting there was page-turning, evocative fun.
I loved this book and stayed up all night reading it. This is in the tone of the old gothics a la Mary Stewart that I've always loved.

I can't say enough positive things about this book or this author's other books, but MIDNIGHT ISLAND SANCTUARY is her best yet!