Saturday, November 21, 2020

The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

‘At first glance, they’re magnificent, yet the more she looks, the more she realises 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 and 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 realised 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...

I received a copy of this from the publisher Random House UK and Netgalley in return for an honest review.

This book had me glued to the pages! It starts off slow in my opinion, but once I got to around 30% I was really intrigued, then by halfway I was hooked! My husband even had to ask me what was wrong as I gasped a few times!!

The book starts with a wierd and quite scary chapter, then the story changes and carries on with Elin and her boyfriend Will on their way up the mountain to the hotel Le Sommet, which used to be a Sanatorium. Creepy right. Well even creepier when Laure, the fiancé of Elins brother Isaac, goes missing. The Storm has set in, and most of the hotel guests have been evacuated when things start to develop. The staff and the remaining guests are scared, and frustrated at not knowing what exactly is happening, and with the police not being able to get to them due to the weather, it makes for bad news all round.

A creepy setting, and you get the feel of the isolation of the place with the description of not only the hotel, but the surrounding mountains, snow, and forests.

The story was quite really good towards the last half with some twists I didn’t expect, one that I did expect then retraced, then expected again, and one that had me wanting more. I’d definitely check out more of Sarahs work.

Thanks again to the author Sarah Pearse, Random House UK, and Netgalley for my advanced ebook. 

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