August 29, 2014

Review: Divine Sanctuary (Divine Trilogy #3)


Divine Sanctuary (Divine Trilogy #3) by Cheryl Kaye Tardiff
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Release Date: June 15, 2014
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Book Description:

In the Divine trilogy finale, the heat is tripled when CFBI Agent Jasi McLellan must rescue Emily, the ghost girl that haunts her dreams; expose her own mother's killer; and uncover a murderer that preys on the weak at Sanctuary, a controversial cult nestled in the woods near Mission, BC.

Something insidious lurks behind the safe haven of Sanctuary's wrought iron gates. Led by the charismatic Father Jeremiah, the cult's idyllic lifestyle seems perfect on the outside. But a lethal hunter is on the prowl, and in a carefully executed game of cat and mouse, the body count rises.

Along with Victim Empath Natassia Prushenko, Psychometric Empath Ben Roberts and Special Consultant Brandon Walsh, Jasi follows three trails of clues that lead to one terrifying conclusion: home is not always the safest place on earth.

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"Divine Sanctuary" is the third book in the "Divine Trilogy" by Cheryl Kaye Tardif. Normally I don't read books in a series unless I've read them from the start, but I was told that "Divine Sanctuary" would read as a standalone book, and I was pleasantly surprised that was true. While reading, I wasn't confused about anything and Tardif did a good job creating a story that works on its own as well as part of a series.

The story revolves around a CFBI Agent named Jasi McLellan, who is part of the PSI branch of the CFBI. The PSI branch is a secret one whose agents have paranormal abilities that help them solve their cases. Jasi, for example, is a Pyro-Psychic. That means that if someone is killed by fire, Jasi can gain more information from the scene by smelling the smoke from that fire.

The main mystery in this book comes when one of Jasi's friends gives her a call because a woman she knows has been missing for awhile after investigating the inner workings of a cult called Sanctuary. This woman is a reporter who went undercover in order to prove Sanctary and the man who runs it aren't all that they appear. However, once she stops checking in, her friend gets worried and wants Jasi to investigate. This all happens right before the remains of a body are found in the incinerator at Sanctuary, prompting the need for an investigation. Jasi and her team go in to Sanctuary to find answers, but what they find wasn't necessarily what they were expecting.

I did enjoy reading "Divine Sanctuary". The main part of the story was the mystery of what happened to the woman in the incinerator, and what was really happening inside the walls of Sanctuary, and I liked that. Tardif did a great job with pacing, so we met new characters and potential suspects, found new clues, and learned more at a good rate to keep the story flowing.

Even though the characters have paranormal abilities, and deal with the strange, that really isn't the main focus of the story. If you're looking for something that revolves around the fantastical, this might not be the book for you. Like I said, the mystery takes center stage as Jasi and her team work to uncover the inner secrets of Sanctuary. That might not be something that everyone is into, but I was. While turning the pages, I was at the edge of my seat working with the team and trying to figure out what really happened.

One thing that left me wanting a bit more was the relationships between all of the characters. It may be because this is the final book in a trilogy, and maybe all of this was already addressed in the other two books, but I wanted to see more of how the team got along with each other on a personal level. Since most of the story was devoted to solving the mystery, there wasn't too much character growth or relationship growth happening if you look at this as a standalone book.

I would recommend "Divine Sanctuary" to anyone who likes to read mysteries. Even if you aren't a huge fan of the paranormal, the book doesn't hit you over the face with it, so you have the opportunity to get lost in the mystery. In fact, I enjoyed the story so much that I would like to read the first two books of the trilogy (which says something since I know the ultimate end of the overall story).

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Author Bio:

I am an avid reader and an international bestselling suspense author. My novels are often cross-genre works that fall into the categories of suspense, mystery or thriller.

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