'The Sanatorium will keep you checking over your shoulder. This spine-tingling, atmospheric thriller has it all: an eerie Alpine setting, sharp prose, and twists you'll never see coming. A must-read.' Richard Osman
'An eerie, atmospheric novel that had me completely on the edge of my seat.' Reese Witherspoon
A beautiful, eerie hotel in the Swiss Alps, recently converted from an abandoned sanatorium, is the last place Detective Elin Warner wants to be. But her estranged brother has invited her there for his engagement party, and she feels she has no choice but to accept.
Arriving in the midst of a threatening storm, Elin immediately feels on edge. And things only get worse when they wake the next morning to find her brother's fiancée is missing. With access to the hotel cut off, the guests begin to panic.
But this is only the first disappearance. Everyone's in danger - and anyone could be next . . .
'The Sanatorium is an absolutely splendid Gothic thriller.' A. J. Finn
'One of the best books of 2021 [...] guaranteed to give you goosebumps.' Woman & Home
'I absolutely loved The Sanatorium - it gave me all the wintry thrills and chills.' Lucy Foley
'A menacing, creepy debut [...] echoes of Hitchcock and du Maurier.' Daily Mail
'A chillingly vivid thriller in a fantastic setting.' T. M. Logan
Readers love The Sanatorium:
***** 'Thrilling, chilling - a tingles down my spine type of read.'
***** 'Imagine a universe where Agatha Christie and Stephen King collaborated on a book.'
***** 'Sarah Pearse wastes no time in ramping up the tension and is clearly destined to be a master of this genre.'
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Sarah Pearse’s debut novel is a twisty, heart-thumping whodunit that’s been compared to the best of Agatha Christie. When British police detective Elin Warner takes a holiday to a remote Swiss luxury hotel—the site of a former sanatorium—she and her boyfriend are trapped by an avalanche, alongside other guests, staff and a murderer. Within hours, everyone is a suspect in an escalating (and increasingly grisly) mystery, and Elin is forced to confront her own dark history. Claustrophobic and unerringly creepy, The Sanatorium is a stunningly effective psychological thriller that questions the trustworthiness of memory. This one gave us serious chills—and it wasn’t just Pearse’s evocative descriptions of the icy, unforgiving locale.
Pearse's engrossing debut boasts a highly atmospheric setting. Le Sommet, originally a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients in the Swiss Alps, was abandoned for decades, until it was renovated as a luxury hotel. British police detective Elin Warner and her boyfriend, Willy Riley, come to Le Sommet at the invitation of her selfish brother, Isaac, a university lecturer in Lausanne, and his fianc e, Laure Strehl, to celebrate the couple's engagement. The emotionally fragile Elin is on break from her job, following an intense case and the death of her mother, whose funeral Isaac was too busy to attend. When Laure goes missing the day after Elin and Willy's arrival, Elin learns that others have disappeared from Le Sommet, long shrouded in sinister rumors about its patients' brutal treatment. Might Isaac, whom she blames for the decades-old death of their brother, somehow be involved? The discovery of a body raises the stakes. Readers will applaud as Elin, for all her anxieties, emerges as a competent sleuth. This dark tale of family dynamics is sure to please suspense fans.
I liked it easy read with a twist
Not very good at all.
Dull characters, dull plot, dull uninteresting story. Had to force myself to finish it.
Couldn’t put it down
Easy read! With a lot of twists and turns at the end. Loved the character of Elin. Complex yet relatable!