The Sanatorium - Sarah Pearse

The Sanatorium

By Sarah Pearse

  • Release Date: 2021-02-02
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 3.5
From 1,316 Ratings



"An eerie, atmospheric novel that had me completely on the edge of my seat." --Reese Witherspoon

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 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.

Arriving in the midst of a threatening storm, Elin immediately feels on edge--there's something about the hotel that makes her nervous. And when they wake the following morning to discover Laure is missing, Elin must trust her instincts if they hope to find her. With the storm closing off all access to the hotel, the longer Laure stays missing, the more the remaining guests start to panic.

Elin is under pressure to find Laure, 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 are all in. . .


  • Just Okay

    By LibsterMama
    Yes, there were twists and turns, but completely far fetched. Not a super cohesive story. Don’t spend $15 on it like I did. Just check it out from your local library.
  • Wastebasket material

    By She She 1192
    Terrible plot…Shallow characters…Subprime dialog…Had potential; sadly, this died somewhere in the first chapter!
  • Really wanted to like this

    By sayitspossible4me
    This book was so slow I had to force myself to continue reading. Finally picks up after 200 pages and then a really disappointing ending. I don’t know what people see in it. Good plot idea, good setting but really disappointing execution and direction.
  • Great read

    By Chris&Paul&
    Book kept me in suspense while reading. Ending left me looking for more.
  • Not what I expected

    By walliscj2021
    Too many story lines going on. The main character went on a vacation to tie up loose ends with her brother and then she ends up down a really tedious rabbit hole into an investigation that has nothing to do with him. I have so many questions about why the author focused on so many details and events that didn’t end up meaning anything. The concept for the book was really good, just didnt get a feeling of satisfaction after I finished it
  • Worth the read

    By tierneycloeser
    I was very intrigued all the way up until the end. Although there is a fair explanation in the end, I felt that it was left with many plot holes. All in all, the imagery is great and it is definitely suspenseful. I think it is worth the read for sure!
  • Meh

    By Ingoamriiiiiiiiiingoamri
    Way too long and kind of boring. The main character did not have a lot of depth.
  • Waste of money and time

    By Luminocity94
    Please do not waste your money on this book. All I got out of it was the lesson to not trust the word of Reese Witherspoon. I had such high hopes. Story seemed to have all the classic hallmarks of a gothic horror. But nope. I felt not one single emotion during the whole read - not a trace of fear, excitement, anticipation, chills, sympathy, anxiety. Nothing. Main character Elin is a badly-written cliché with no redeeming qualities whatsoever, and there’s absolutely no one else of interest in the whole book. The big reveal at the end is so convoluted it leaves you shaking your head, wondering why you’re meant to care. It wasn’t even written well. The author’s heavy-handed writing style over-explains every plot twist to death, such that you end up yawning and skimming pages just to get to the end. And the epilogue makes absolutely no sense. Please spare yourself the trouble and skip this one.
  • Disappointing Conclusion

    By Kaplan 2012
    When reading a book like this , the conclusion to the mystery has to be worth it. The big reveal left me cold, but the epilogue left me wondering if the Elin character was due for a sequel. We shall see.
  • Disappointed

    By JerryBGoode
    This book was terrible and poorly written-the lead character ELIN was a mess and the conclusion was beyond stupid. I should have stopped reading half way through. Save your time and energy.