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3.57  ·  Rating details ·  10,840 ratings  ·  1,592 reviews
Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9780593296677.

You won’t want to leave. . . until you can’t.

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 Swis
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published February 2nd 2021 by Pamela Dorman Books
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Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a terrifically atmospherically chilling crime thriller from Sarah Pearse, set in the snowy mountainous Swiss Alps, in the resort of Crans Montana and Le Sommet. An old disused TB sanatorium has been developed into an exclusive hotel by Lucas Caron, run by his sister, Cecile. Elin Warner, is suffering PTSD, acquired after the fallout from a case that went wrong in her work as a police officer. She has been off work for a year now, and she needs to make a decision as to whether she quits o ...more
Given the atmospheric, claustrophobic setting in the Swiss Alps during a blizzard I expected to like this book much more than I did – I wonder what went wrong here?

Let’s start with the things I did enjoy, and the setting is definitely a treat. An old sanatorium high in the Swiss Alps that has been converted into a fancy but sinister hotel – it doesn’t get much better than this. And when a massive blizzard cuts off the hotel from civilisation, and people start dying, the stage is set for a tense
Lu Etchells
Jan 28, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2021, hated, fiction, mystery, avoid
Firstly, I have to say I don’t give 1 stars lightly. I’m well aware that at the other end of this review is an author who spent a lot of time and energy on creating this story, and I do not want to hurt anyone’s feelings Writing a book is torturous, and I have nothing but respect for anyone who finds themselves with their name on a front cover but, this book should not be published without a serious overhaul. (I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review – and you always get ...more
At an isolated hotel high in the Swiss Alps, cut off by bad weather and avalanches, a woman is murdered in a bizarre manner and another woman is missing. With the police unable to get to the hotel, guest Elin Warner, a detective currently on extended leave from the British police, has no choice but to start the investigation and liase with Swiss Police.

Elin and her boyfriend Will have arrived at the newly opened hotel to celebrate the engagement of her estranged brother Isaac to Laure, an old c
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: She closes her eyes and hears echoed threats.

'Only babies tell, and you're a baby.'

'Tell tell tit, your tongue will split.'

Her head is throbbing.

'Do that again and I'll kill you.'


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 re
Frank Phillips
Feb 17, 2021 rated it liked it
Gosh. Darn. It! I really had high hopes for this one and felt like it started really well, alas the last third of it really dragged and I just wanted it to be over. Needless to say, this one unfortunately didn't work out as well as I'd hoped. Our protagonist was Elin Warner, a detective, who is on extended leave on account of a case that went south. When she receives an unexpected invitation from her estranged brother to celebrate his engagement at the remote and newly renovated Le Sommet, (loca ...more
Ana Lopes Miura
Feb 05, 2021 rated it did not like it
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Look how awesome that cover is!!! LOOK!!! I was hoping this was going to be a horror book because, once again - COVER, and the name of course.

But no! This was an old mystery book. Don’t get me wrong, I like mystery/thriller from time to time but damn it!! This should have been a horror / ghost / paranormal story with that cover and name. So there!!

The end! <— This means don’t talk to me about it unless you can tell me about a real horror book you can recommend 😘

PS -I still listened to it while
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libby, skip-the-line
5 ⭐️ atmospheric read! Take a trip with Elin to the Swiss Alps for her estranged brother’s engagement celebration, staying at a 5 star hotel, converted from an old Sanatorium.

What could go wrong?? Well, Elin has some severe anxiety issues, is a Police detective on leave, is wanting to confront her brother over their estrangement and besides all of that, there is a killer on the loose and he is picking people off one by one. Oh also, they get completely isolated by weather/avalanches and Elin is
Kelly (and the Book Boar)

There’s a solid chance this is going to be an unpopular opinion, but I don’t really care. It was literally 20 below and snowed for a solid 18 hours when I read this, so my disappointment is a pretty palpable thing. The story here is about a former sanatorium in the Alps which has been remodeled into a luxury hotel. Elin is supposed to be attending her brother’s engagement party, but bad weather and a little case of a dead body puts a damper on the celebration and with no ability for the police t
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This was a tough one for me. On the one hand its a very atmospheric thriller with some great description and good dramatic tension. On the other its a not so brilliantly executed mystery with one of the most inept investigators I've ever seen who spends most of the book having her job mansplained to her by her incredibly horrible brother and significant other.

Elin was a rising star in the London police before a botched investigation left her with PTSD and the fear that she might never be able to
Feb 04, 2021 rated it liked it
This should have been 5 stars, so many chilling and gruesome elements were present, but it just never delivers. The ending is a complete "this is how I did it" dump, which really sucks. Then there is another reveal (was it a twist?) on a train at the very, very end and I didn't even understand it!! If you did, feel free to explain in the comments. Quite a let down. ...more
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse has all the elements of a great story. It was creepy, in a remote location, there are family tensions and people going missing. Throw in a massive snow storm to top it all off.... I could not get enough. No surprise really when it was named as Reese’s book of the month for February. If you like locked room mysteries filled with suspense then this is the book for you.

Elon Warner is a police detective from the UK. She is currently on leave due to suffering PTSD after
Liz Barnsley
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved this beautifully atmospheric psychological thriller- it is often intensely creepy with an excellent central mystery element and a deeply chilly feel to it.

This is one of those novels you fall into and read in great big chunks, you know the kind, the “just one more chapter” thing that keeps you up into the early hours.

The characters are engaging, the setting is described pitch perfectly, it is unpredictable, edgy and clever. Proving that there is life in the psychological thriller genre an
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elin a detective and her boyfriend Will have been invited to her brother Isaac’s engagement party. Isaac who is marrying Laura is holding the party at the luxury newly refurbished hotel Le Sommet. The hotel is set high in the alps and used to be a sanatorium.

The journey to the hotel is hard as there has been heavy snow and a threat of an avalanche.

Laura goes missing and a body is discovered. Elin starts to investigate what has happened. No one can travel to or from the hotel and everyone seems
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars: “The Sanatorium” by Sarah Pearse is Reese Witherspoon’s February book choice. I chose to listen to the audio, narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden. Reese proclaims that it’s “an eerie, atmospheric novel” which, to me, seemed like a perfect audio. I am happy with my choice. Knowelden’s command of French provided the story with a European feel which is perfect since the story takes place in the Swiss Alps. I’m assuming there is French written in the novel, since Knowelden speaks French and s ...more
Feb 28, 2021 rated it liked it
I keep going back and forth with my rating. This was a pretty even paced read and I very much enjoyed the short chapters. The setting was crazy atmospheric which I loved. A sanatorium set in the mountains, incredible!

Unfortunately I found myself figuring things out really quickly. Didn't really connect with any of the characters. The main character especially. Some of her actions had me wanting to throw the book. The big reveal wasn't a surprise to me and I was sad I didn't get that shocked rea
Elin Warner and her boyfriend Will have been invited to celebrate her estranged brothers’ engagement to his fiancé Laure in an isolated hotel high up in the Swiss Alps called Le Sommet. The journey to the hotel is quite hard to get to and not only that the weather is also turning for the worst. There is a threat of an Avalanche.
Elin does not happy with the situation but, she wants to be there for her brother Isaac. After been off on leave from her job as a Police detective and hasn’t decided if
Claire Douglas
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this novel and it's as chilling as the location its set in. My heart was pounding just after reading the prologue and the tension and fear doesn't let up until the last page. Beautifully written and very atmospheric, with a perfect, claustrophobic setting; a remote, modern hotel that used to be a sanatorium in the Swiss mountains. Most of the guests - and the staff - had motives and I suspected everyone. The perfect chilling thriller. This would make a brilliant film. Highly r ...more
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Heavy snowfall in the Swiss Alps. Elin and Will travel from the UK to attend Isaac and Laure's engagement party at a luxury hotel high up in the mountains. While the snow is getting thicker by the hour and the landscape turns more eerie, people go missing.
The threat of an avalanche keeps the guests locked in and the police have no way to come up the mountain.
Elin, being a detective back home, takes control and starts investigating as best she can. Missing turns into murdered and everyone become
alana ♡
Feb 27, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, thriller
This definitely wasn't my favorite mystery I've ever read and found it be a little lackluster.


If we're talking creep factor this was really good.
It had me so in the zone and creeped out that I had to stop reading at night after I almost launched my three month old across the room. Not even kidding. Creepy murderer wearing a gas mask and breathing heavily + your daughter silently exhaling in her sleep at night while reading about said murderer does not equal a good combination 😂
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Sanatorium, a mystery/thriller book, was a 2.5 star read. The book centers around main character Elin- a police detective (on hiatus after a traumatic case) who attends a getaway in the Swiss Alps to help celebrate her brother’s recent engagement.
I was really excited to read this one-a mystery/thriller book about an isolated hotel that was a former sanatorium, not to mention the beautiful and creepy cover-I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! However, I knew I was in trouble when I started ski
Chelsea | thrillerbookbabe
I am so happy The Sanatorium was available on because it’s the Reese’s Book Club this month and looked amazing. Lately I have been loving remote wintery settings, cut off from civilization. The Sanatorium is about Le Sommet, a gorgeous hotel that was previously a sanatorium. Elin, a detective taking a break from her job, travels to Le Sommet at the request of her brother and new fiancé. Then, women start to go missing, and Elin has to investigate because the hotel becomes cut off from t ...more
Set aside at 58%, then later decided I wouldn't be finishing it. The premise and location were both very appealing, but for me the book failed in the execution. I found it terribly slow and waited a long time for it to pick up, but it never did. I didn't care enough about any of the characters to worry about who was going to get bumped off, and I really disliked the main character, Elin, whose demeanour verged on histrionic (in the emotional sense), being constantly on the brink of tears. I hope ...more
Eve (Between The Bookends)
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
I can't believe this was this author's first book! I was fantastic! It would have been a 5 start read if not for Elin. I just didn't like her. She came across SO incompetent and reserved. And kind of "know it all" at times. However, that epilogue has me excited to see what will happen in what I "assume" will be a follow-up book? ...more
Louise Wilson
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up to 4

An imposing, isolated hotel high up in the Swiss Alps, is the last place Elin Warner wants to be. But she's taen time off from her job as a detective, so when she recieves an invitation to celebrate her estranged brother Issac's recent engagement, she has no choice but to accept. Arriving in the midst of a storm, Elin immediately feels on edge. When they awake the next morning, they discover Issac's fiancee Laurehas vanished without trace.

The hotel was formerly an old ab
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
During the late 1800s and early 1900s, the medical community opened a new type of institution: the sanatorium. Designed to be a place where tuberculosis patients could receive treatment for their illness, these care facilities were usually built in high altitude locations in order to provide the freshest of air, as at the time, that cold and fresh air was believed to be the best treatment for diseases of the lung. They offered nutrition, sunlight, peaceful rest, and cool, crisp mountain air as t ...more
Oct 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
CW: Torture, description of sexual assault

I received this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

High up on the Swiss Alps, a sanatorium turned high-end hotel welcomes Elin and her boyfriend Will as they arrive to celebrate Elin's brother's engagement. But tensions between Elin and her brother Isaac heighten when a snowstorm descends, and Laure - Isaac's fiancée - goes missing. When a body is discovered, Elin's left to investigate while the pool of suspects remai
Jan 15, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group Viking for the ARC of The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearce. I enjoy reading locked room mysteries and this one fit the bill!

I was immediately drawn into the premise of this atmospheric thriller. A grand hotel is built on the site of an old sanatorium in the Swiss Alps. Elin and her boyfriend Will are meeting her estranged brother, Isaac to celebrate his engagement. Elin hasn’t seen her brother in many years and is nervous to reunite. When a snow storm blows in
Louise Wilson
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded up to 4

An imposing, isolated hotel high up in the Swiss Alps, is the last place Erin Warner wants to be. But she's taken time off from her job as a Detedtive, so when she recieves an invitation to celebrate her estranged brother Isaaac's engagement, she has no choice but to accept. Arriving in the midst of a storm, Elin immediately feels on edge. When they wake the next morning, they discover Isaac's fiancee Laure has vanished without trace.

The hotel was formerly an old abandon
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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 and the Swiss Alpine town of Crans Montana, the dramatic setting that inspired her novel.


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