The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse
Source: Publishers via NetGalley
Publisher: Transworld Digital, Bantam Press
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Publication Date: 18th February 2021
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
‘At first glance they’re magnificent, yet the more she looks, the more she realizes how sinister the mountains appear: raw, jagged spikes. It’s not hard to imagine, she thinks, looking out; this place somehow consuming someone, swallowing them whole.’
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 . . .
My Thoughts & Review
The Sanatorium in the Swiss Alps has been converted into a brand new high end hotel. During its conversion, Daniel LeMaitre the architect disappears and is never to be seen again. After the conversion is complete and the hotel is open to guests, Elin and her boyfriend Will fly out to the hotel to celebrates Elin’s brothers engagement, but things don’t quite go to plan. Guests and staff start to going missing. But due to extremely bad weather the local police are unable to get to the hotel to investigate so it is left to Elin, who is a British detective currently on leave, to help to find out what is going on!!
The Sanatorium is a little slow to get going but when it eventually picks up things start to get more interesting. Ok, so I thought the book was generally well written with a unique plotline and some good atmospheric descriptions along the way, but there was just something missing. Also, normally I am a big fan of multiple twists and turns that I don’t see coming, but this time I was a little disappointed. I saw most of them coming and even managed to work out a few of them before I got to the end.
Now, the characters were a mixed bunch for me. Yes, I liked the way the author has developed the individual characters, and liked who they all had their own troubles and hidden secrets but something about them just make me feel like they were shallow and I didn’t particularly take a liking to any of them.
If it wasn’t for the great setting and historical background I think I might have given this book a 2 start rating but for me this saved the book.
Overall, this was a good book, but it could definitely have been an outstanding read if it carried on with the pace set at the very beginning. If you’re looking for an atmospheric mystery/thriller, set in the Swiss Alps then you may want to give this book a go.
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publishers Transworld Digital, Bantam Press for my eARC in return for an honest and unbiased review.
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