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The Sanatorium

The Sanatorium

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"A chilling debut in which a detective must uncover the dark history of a luxury hotel in the Alps if she has any hope of stopping the deaths that won't let up. . . Half-hidden by forest and overshadowed by threatening peaks, Le Sommet has always been a sinister place. Once a sanatorium treating tuberculosis patients, it was abandoned years ago and had fallen into disrepair. Long plagued by troubling rumours, it has recently been renovated into a lavish hotel. And an imposing, isolated hotel, high up in the Swiss Alps, is the last place detective Elin Warner wants to be. But having received an invitation out of the blue to celebrate her estranged brother's recent engagement, she had no choice but to accept. Arriving in the midst of a threatening storm, Elin is immediately on edge. Though it's a stunning retreat, something about the hotel makes her nervous - as does her brother, Isaac. When Elin wakes the following the morning to discover Isaac's fiancée Laure has vanished without a trace, Elin's alarm grows. With the storm cutting off access to and from the hotel, the more the remaining guests start to panic. Yet no one has realized that another woman has gone missing. And she's the only one who could have warned them just how much danger they're all in . . "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [New York] :, Pamela Dorman Books :, Viking,, 2021
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780593296677
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 08, 2021

Really great setup with a disappointing resolution. The author does a great job at establishing an ominous tone and gothic atmosphere, but didn't seem to know how to get where she wanted to go with the plot.

Jun 03, 2021

I loved this book! Highly recommend!

WPL_Jaclyn Jun 03, 2021

The audiobook caught my attention with The Sanatorium. I love atmospheric mysteries and atmosphere was here in spades. The menace of the both the nature and the murderer was palpable to me. While I did find it necessary to suspend my belief (I really struggle to believe that the Swiss police would be totally cool with a foreign police officer investigating a murder and also not discovering that the same police officer has been on leave for the past year....). If you can get past some glaring holes, this was an enjoyable thriller, similar to Lucy Foley's The Guest List.

May 31, 2021

While caught my interest, I felt author had too many storylines going. Hints of past, without ever fully explaining experiences, were confusing and left me feeling incomplete as did ending.

May 20, 2021

I was looking forward to reading this book and was very disappointed after I did.
I didn’t care for any of the characters and felt that they were just randomly introduced .
Reading this book was like making a spaghetti sauce and throwing in whatever ingredients you have in hopes of making it taste good, but unfortunately ending up with a not very tasty sauce.

JCLJenV May 19, 2021


May 17, 2021

Well, many of the comments said it all...dumb dumb dumb!!! I kept expecting Scooby-Doo to show up and it would have been an improvement.

May 02, 2021

Did not finish. The author liked to tease by hinting at things that happened in the past without really telling you what happened. I found this to be more annoying than suspenseful. Too much description of the hotel - it was stone cold and minimalist, okay we get it.

Apr 21, 2021

This book had some "good" parts and "not so good". It was not what I expected and was actually boring in some of it. The main character was always putting herself in such stupid dangerous positions and didn't listen to anyone.
I did finish it but was glad it was over.

Apr 16, 2021

After all the hype I was really disappointed. Granted I read TONS of novels like this so maybe I'm being over critical but I just wasn't impressed at all. Meh.

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