The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

I was intrigued by the setting. A scary mountain hotel during a blizzard.


Half-hidden by forest and overshadowed by threatening peaks, Le Sommet has always been a sinister place. Long plagued by troubling rumors, the former abandoned sanatorium has since been renovated into a five-star minimalist hotel.

An imposing, isolated getaway spot high up in the Swiss Alps is the last place Elin Warner wants to be. But Elin’s taken time off from her job as a detective, so when her estranged brother, Isaac, and his fiancée, Laure, invite her to celebrate their engagement at the hotel, Elin really has no reason not to accept.

Then the murders began.

Super hyped, I thought this would be another intriguing psychological thriller whodunit. Surprise after surprise.

But it’s actually not well written. Heavy handed. Zero subtlety.

Also, Elin Warner must be the very worst detective on earth.

Almost everyone likes The Sanatorium, but I’d concur it’s a lousy book with a bad ending.

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