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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

The Sanatorium

Updated: Aug 24, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

"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."


The Sanatorium is a standalone mystery thriller novel by Sarah Pearse.

Overall, I did enjoy the story. It gave me big One By One vibes, though I did like this a bit better than that. This has a solid enough plot to keep me going and the characters were decent.

A downside to the book was that nothing really surprised me. There were enough crumbs to figure everything out before the MC did. That was kind of frustrating because the MC was a detective, albeit clearly not a very good one.

Now, the epilogue though...why? Why would you end it like that? I have found a new pet peeve when it comes to books. What they did was like taking an open ending to the next level. The epilogue was very reminiscent of classic horror movies, and I didn't appreciate it.

Still though, this was a solid mystery thriller book. If you are someone who doesn't like surprise endings in their epilogues, maybe just skip over that part.


UPDATE - apparently this is no longer a standalone and is now a series...for some reason. This could make up for the epilogue though.

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