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By Valentina Cano Repetto
Categories: Fiction, Horror, Renaissance, Gothic, Historical
Imprint: CamCat Books
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780744309508, April 2024
Paperback (Large print edition) : 9780744309539, 468 pages, April 2024
Hardcover : 9780744309461, 336 pages, April 2024
Audiobook (Unabridged edition) : 9780744309560, April 2024
Paperback : 9780744309485, 336 pages, April 2025

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In 1930s Italy, a woman must battle the sinister forces threatening her life and sanity in the run-down, isolated watermill she calls home, a place last inhabited centuries ago.


Grief leaves a stain.

Sibilla Fenoglio wants nothing more than to live with her husband in this run-down, derelict watermill. Uninhabited since the Renaissance after a mysterious disaster befell the previous owners, the mill requires extensive repairs. But there is something frightening about the mill. Repairs are violently undone, half-seen figures begin stalking Sibilla through the grounds, and haunting echoes of the previous owners’ lives infiltrate the present. As the disturbances grow more vicious and her husband more secretive, she realizes that she and her child are in danger.

For readers who enjoy The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas, The Stroke of Winter by Wendy Webb, The House in the Orchard by Elizabeth Brooks, and The Winter Guest by W. C. Ryan.


“Is it a haunted house, the trauma of loss and infidelity, or something much darker? Two women separated by centuries are linked by a villa, suffering under a nameless, ancestral curse . . . Sanctuary combines the sumptuous dread of a gothic horror with the claustrophobic experience of a marriage wracked by suspicions and madness, a mystery that looms over the women right up until the thrilling, shocking end . . .” —Claire McKenna, author of The Deep Water Trilogy

“VERDICT: Fans of Isabel Cañas’s The Hacienda and Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic will breathe in this book’s brooding atmosphere, even as its emotional punch of a climax leaves them breathless.” Library Journal

“[A] solid addition to the gothic horror genre . . .” Booklist