Book Review | The Sanatorium

This book certainly made for some intense but enjoyable weekend reading.


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 recent engagement, she has no choice but to accept.

Arriving in the midst of a threatening storm, Elin immediately feels on edge. Though it’s beautiful, something about the hotel, recently converted from an abandoned sanatorium, makes her nervous – as does her brother, Isaac.

And when they wake the following morning to discover his fiancée Laure has vanished without a trace, Elin’s unease grows. With the storm cutting off access to and from the hotel, the longer Laure stays missing, the more the remaining guests start to panic.

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’re all in . . . 

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The Sanatorium will be published on the 18th February 2021

The Sanatorium is the kind of book that you just can’t tear yourself away from, honestly I was looking for any excuse to keep reading, and only put it down because I couldn’t keep my eyes open for much longer. I do love a remote setting and one that is in a risky spot because of weather conditions but also has a very sinister past just makes it even more intriguing, I have to say that the author managed to create the perfect atmosphere with the setting, the stark snowy landscape, the minimal style of the hotel, and the uncertain nature between Elin and her brother Isaac, all comes together in a wonderfully unsettling way.

The relationships between the characters also help add to the suspense of the story, everyone is so unsure of each other and keeping secrets so there is a high level of mistrust from the get go, of course that means that I was suspicious of most of them. I liked that there were two mysteries running throughout the story, Laure’s disappearance but also what happened between Elin and her brother, it really made Elin on edge which in turn made me feel that way. I quite liked Elin she is a bit clumsy as a detective because she has had time off and is obviously doubting herself which causes her to make mistakes plus the situation is highly personal, but I actually thought she was a perfect fit for this story I felt her uncertainty added to the tension and the fact that it made other characters also question her sometimes made me do the same which kept things interesting.

I would love to say more about the story but really there would be too much to say and I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but there are a lot of layers to it as well as some very surprising events and they, for me, were unexpected at no point did I have any idea how it was all going to play out. Luckily it also managed to tie up all of my questions, of which there were many, but I have to say that ending, oh my goodness, it was the type that really gets under your skin and then there was a little extra something at the end that kind of made me want to scream, in a good way but still.

If you are looking for an exciting and tense thriller, in a creepy and remote location, that you will most certainly want to binge read then pick up this book you want regret it. I am so looking forward to seeing what this author will come up with next.

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