REVIEW: Sanctuary by Zainab T. Khan

*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

Sanctuary cover


Publication Date: December 19th 2015
Genres: Contemporary
Number of Pages: 90
My Rating: ★★✩✩✩

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(n.) the protection that is provided by a safe place.

“And Sanctuary was the right word to describe our small town with its mouth-watering Pakistani fruits, Spain’s bullfighting, Italian pizzas, French artists, Indian spices, Korean kimchi, and Turkish delights. Because to every single one of us – a Pakistani, Spanish, Indian, Korean, French, Italian, and Turkish – it was a sanctuary. Our own safe haven. Our home with its different cultural styles yet with a culture of its own.”


Sanctuary is the second book by self-published author Zainab T. Khan. It is a story about a multicultural town and focuses on how people of different ethnicities live together.

A very interesting premise. If only it delivered. . .

See, the story started with a baby being born and a bunch of strange-named people being introduced. There were too many of them at once that I had a hard time identifying them from each other.

There was no explanation whatsoever of the “Sanctuary”. Why do people live here? Who found this place? Where are their families? How about those outside the Sanctuary? Are they not safe?

I found it difficult to connect with the characters and the story seemed to be headed nowhere. Despite it having only 90 pages, it took me quite some time to get into it. Also, it felt a lot like reading text messages instead of a novelette because there were too many dialogues and not enough description of what’s happening or how the characters are acting.

AND I ALSO SAW A REALLY NICE LOVE-STORY POTENTIAL. The book was too short to make it happen, but please make it happen.

For someone whose mother tongue isn’t English, the author made a pretty decent job. I would also like to commend her for having so much knowledge about the customs, traditions, etc. of these different ethnicities and religions. It’s very refreshing.


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