#BookReview – The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

The Blurb

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

The Sanatorium is most definitely a page turner! I devoured this book in a couple of days, it was really difficult to put it down! The story itself is very intriguing and most certainly keeps you guessing. I kept thinking that I had it all worked out only for something else to happen, throwing my whole theory out the window.

I didn’t particularly warm to any of the characters however for this book I felt it was a good thing as it made me even more suspicious which simply added to the suspense and my enjoyment. I did grow increasingly frustrated with Elin who kept putting herself in compromising positions despite this being the reason for her career break – will she ever learn? Will was a notably intriguing character, I couldn’t help but feel that there was a devious side to him. I found him quite controlling and opinionated and I struggled to understand or relate to why Elin was so eager to please him. There are no spoilers here so I can’t tell you whether I was right in my feelings towards him, you will have to read the book to find out.

I have to be honest and say that I didn’t love the ending with regards to the reason for the crimes. It does end on a cliffhanger which I don’t mind and I will most definitely be waiting patiently for the next instalment.

Overall, The Sanatorium is a very compelling read and I would recommend it to anyone who is a lover of thrillers and mysteries.

Buy your copy now…

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