The Sanatorium: A Novel

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High atop the Swiss Alps looms a formerly abandoned sanatorium, now turned into a five-star hotel. Elin begrudgingly accepts an invitation from her brother to visit the hotel to celebrate his engagement, but just hours after her arrival, a woman is murdered. Then an avalanche hits, preventing anyone from leaving. Soon more women are found dead, and unless Elin can uncover the killer, she may be next.

The Sanatorium is, truly, an atmospheric read. Blistering winds, snow-capped trees, and eerie remnants of the sanatorium patients create a chilling environment and the perfect tone for an Agatha Christie-style whodunnit. Our leading lady, Elin, has a haunting past of her own that slowly becomes unraveled as she searches for the truth, which makes her less reliable but also more interesting. While not quite as subtle in its red herrings as it could be, and ultimately a little disappointing in its resolution, The Sanatorium is a great read whether it’s a stormy summer night or an icy winter day.

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Author Sarah Pearse
Star Count 3.5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 400 pages
Publisher Pamela Dorman Books
Publish Date 02-Feb-2021
ISBN 9780593296677 Buy this Book
Issue May 2021
Category Mystery, Crime, Thriller