I can always count on Reese’s Book Club for fantastic book recommendations! The Sanatorium was the book club pick for February, but my library took forever to get it in! Once I finally got my hands on this book though, it only took me two days to read. It’s a quick mystery with quite a few twists and turns along the way, and an epilogue that brings up one very important question: “Is there going to be a sequel?”
Title: The Sanatorium
Author: Sarah Pearse
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.Synopsis from Goodreads
The Sanatorium was a great blend of creepiness, mystery, and interesting historical facts. While I didn’t particularly love any of the characters, the plot was captivating enough for me to continue reading. Plot-driven books are harder for me to engage with (I love complex character development), but the mystery and excellent writing kept me going. This book reminded me of an old Agatha Christie book or an episode of Poirot that I used to watch on PBS (where are the rest of the PBS viewers at?). Cozy mysteries are so comforting to me, and this one is definitely a fun read!
Pearse did a great job at keeping her readers guessing until the end. I definitely didn’t see some of the plot twists coming at all. Because there’s nothing worse than a mystery with a predictable ending! (I’m looking at you, Murder, She Wrote) Now don’t get me wrong, I love a “all loose ends have been tied up” ending, but nothing gets me quite like a cliff-hanger ending! I’m very excited about the prospect of another book coming! Have you read The Sanatorium? Let me know what you think about the epilogue!
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