The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse @randomhouse @TransworldPress #NewRelease #BookReview #NetGalley



An imposing, isolated hotel, high up in the Swiss Alps, is the last place Elin Warner wants to be. But she’s taken time off from her job as a detective, so when she receives an invitation out of the blue to celebrate her estranged brother’s recent engagement, she has no choice but to accept.

Arriving in the midst of a threatening storm, Elin immediately feels on edge. Though it’s beautiful, something about the hotel, recently converted from an abandoned sanatorium, makes her nervous – as does her brother, Isaac.

And when they wake the following morning to discover his fiancée Laure has vanished without a trace, Elin’s unease grows. With the storm cutting off access to and from the hotel, the longer Laure stays missing, the more the remaining guests start to panic.

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’re all in . . .


The Sanatorium


An old deserted sanatorium in the Swiss Alps had been under re-development to be re-designed into a luxurious hotel. It offered the perfect place to be pampered whether you were on your own or within a larger party. But someone is already waiting there no matter how long it takes. They have waited a long time already.

Elin had received an invitation from her estranged brother Isaac to celebrate his engagement to Laure. The hotel had kept some original features, with the antique equipment from the past becoming part of the present-day decor. It is the creepiness of it all that the owners hope will fill the rooms with guests.

The weather takes a turn for the worse, cutting them all off from the town below. Then someone goes missing and Elin, on sick leave from the police force, begins to do a little questioning the guests and investigating past events. Isaac and Elin have issues from their childhood which are at bursting point.

The story was fuelled with tension, but it unfolds very slowly drip-feeding you what happened in the past. It isn’t for the faint-hearted. It certainly played with my mind long after I finished the book. I enjoyed this story because every action had a reason it all made sense in a macabre way. The truth can be covered up, in so many different ways. Brilliant ending.

I wish to thank Net Galley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Sarah Pearse

Sarah Pearse lives by the sea in South Devon with her husband and two daughters. She studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Warwick and worked in Brand PR for a variety of household brands. After moving to Switzerland in her twenties, she spent every spare moment exploring the mountains in the Swiss Alpine town of Crans Montana, the dramatic setting that inspired her novel. Sarah has always been drawn to the dark and creepy – remote spaces and abandoned places – so when she read an article in a local Swiss magazine about the history of sanatoriums in the area, she knew she’d found the spark of the idea for her debut novel, The Sanatorium. Her short fiction has been published in a wide variety of magazines and has been shortlisted for several prizes.

The Sanatorium by [Sarah Pearse]

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