The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse – review.



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 . . .

About the author

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. You can find Sarah on Twitter @SarahVPearse and Instagram @sarahpearseauthor

My thoughts

This mystery totally gripped me from start to end. Main character, Elin had complex issues which were cleverly played throughout; whether by the landscape, the storm, the clinical building or the characters. As we know with issues, they need resolving and I was keen to know how Elin would tackle hers.

As for the location, I loved the frostiness, the threat of avalanches and the way the building was suitably cut off from civilisation. As more was uncovered, the hotel provided the perfect eerie backdrop for a chilling investigation. The short chapters combined with the revelations throughout made sure that there was always a reason for me to read ‘just another page.’ I seriously struggled to put this book down.

The research into the area was second to none. I actually felt as thought I was there, at the Swiss Alps. There was such a deep sense of place which made the book all the more compelling; well that and the murderer on the loose. The historical discoveries were exciting too.

If you love a brilliant murder mystery with a strong female lead, then ‘The Sanatorium’ is your book. I really enjoyed escaping into this chilling world created by Sarah Pearse!

Thanks for reading!

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Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.

About Carla

Welcome to my blog! I’m the author of the DI Gina Harte Series, first book is called The Next Girl. I love and live for writing and reading (and sketching - haha). My other passion is filmmaking. My feature film 'Penny for the Guy' is a work in progress. If you enjoy a bit of horror, look out for it in the future. I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Feel free to join me on other platforms. I blog about many random things but books, travel and art are my favourites.
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