Happy Monday everyone!! Now winter seems to be doing one 🤞🤞 I’m sharing my review of Sarah Pearse’s debut novel, The Sanatorium.
Massive thanks to Transworld Books for my e-copy that I received through Netgalley.
EVERYONE’S IN DANGER. ANYONE COULD BE NEXT.
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 . . .
What Did I Think?
What a chilling opening!! Not only am I thrown into a seriously snowy backdrop, but the atmosphere that I was drawn into instantly gave me goosebumps that didn’t seem to shift for the rest of the book!
The celebration of an engagement should be a happy affair but the relations between Elin and brother Isaac are as cool as the temperature outside the magnificent hotel they are reunited in. But when Isaac’s fiancée disappears, the tension between the siblings intensifies.
Pearse has crafted a sinister book not only in narrative but with the icy backdrop of the Swiss alpines. The locale is perfect for this chill of a read. This is such an addictive read. I felt chilled to the bone as the story played out before me. I wasn’t sure who Elin could trust, even her own brother or boyfriend. Everyone, for me, was a suspect!
This yet another cracking debut for 2021 which gives me hope that there are so many more blinding debuts to appear over the next 10 months!
Who Is Sarah Pearse?
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