REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK
"An eerie, atmospheric novel that had me completely on the edge of my seat." --Reese Witherspoon
You won't want to leave. . . until you can't.
Half-hidden by forest and overshadowed by threatening peaks, Le Sommet has always been a sinister place. Long plagued by troubling rumors, the former abandoned sanatorium has since been renovated into a five-star minimalist hotel.
An imposing, isolated getaway spot high up in the Swiss Alps is the last place Elin Warner wants to be. But Elin's taken time off from her job as a detective, so when her estranged brother, Isaac, and his fiancée, Laure, invite her to celebrate their engagement at the hotel, Elin really has no reason not to accept.
Arriving in the midst of a threatening storm, Elin immediately feels on edge--there's something about the hotel that makes her nervous. And when they wake the following morning to discover Laure is missing, Elin must trust her instincts if they hope to find her. With the storm closing off all access to the hotel, the longer Laure stays missing, the more the remaining guests start to panic.
Elin is under pressure to find Laure, but no one has realized yet that another woman has gone missing. And she's the only one who could have warned them just how much danger they are all in. . .
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.
Great book! The ending was a little loose but over all it was a great story !
While I loved the setting and idea, I felt like the characters were undeveloped. The back stories were initially intriguing, but left much to be desired in the conclusion. Also, the book climax was not as intriguing as I expected. Overall, it was ok.
Worth the read
I was very intrigued all the way up until the end. Although there is a fair explanation in the end, I felt that it was left with many plot holes. All in all, the imagery is great and it is definitely suspenseful. I think it is worth the read for sure!