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At first glance they're magnificent, yet the more she looks, the more she realises how sinister the mountains appear: raw, jagged spikes. It's not hard to imagine, she thinks, looking out; this place somehow consuming someone, swallowing them whole.

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 realised 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....

©2021 Sarah Pearse (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Pearse's The Sanatorium will keep you checking over your shoulder. This spine-tingling, atmospheric thriller has it all: an eerie Alpine setting, sharp prose and twists you'll never see coming. A must-read." (Richard Osman, internationally best-selling author of The Thursday Murder Club)

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Good story with nail biting twist.

The story starts slow but picks up midway. Excellent who dunnit story with a disturbing background. Great narration.

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not too bad

Great story, good narration, OK writing. But a good thriller that keeps you guessing even if the writing is a bit limited at times.

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  • 02-08-21

Wow! Brilliant!

So I saw this being talked about on Reese Witherspoons Instagram and as a crime thriller lover knew I had to try it! And it did not disappoint, with so many twists and turns it was impossible to know the outcome (like many crime thrillers nowadays) loved the story something I’ve not heard before and just loved it! Finished it in two days! Cannot wait for the next book! This was brilliant! 100% recommend!

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  • Jpfreestyler
  • 02-07-21

A must read top notch thriller

Wow - The Sanatorium is unputdownable. The description’s are sublime and paint such vivid pictures in my head of the settings and people. I honestly feel I am there sitting in the sanatoriom watching the events unfold. If you love a thriller this one is truly fantastic. So compelling with totally unexpected twists and turns, cleverly written.
I cannot wait to listen and read more from Sarah Pearse. Brilliantly narrated by Gemma Wheaton. This book has a cinematic quality to it and cannot wait to watch this as a film or mini series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-25-21

EXCELLENT

Loved this story. Had me hooked. Can't wait to read her next book. Hope it's soon!

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  • 02-28-21

Very Good

Ear bending Penguin clanging music as usual at the start and a few sound effects but, after that, an even pleasant voice narrating. Accents a bit dodgy in places but did not detract - German sounded more French! I am assuming the person following Elin on the funicular at the end of the story is Hayler. Who else could it be? I usually don't like my crime thriller detectives to have problems that detract from the chase, hope Elin loses Will who must make her feel very guilty about doing her job and lecturing her, so many detectives these days have emotional blocks or someone as a foil to their ambitions.

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  • Kirsten
  • 02-27-21

Somewhat disappointing

Not as good as I had hoped judging from the blurb. The plot was incoherent in places and the narrative lacked psychological credibility. Furthermore the male characters were nasty and unsympathetic, difficult to imagine the main character to have a relationship with such an unpleasant character and the brother was not much better.

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  • Christian Schuetterle
  • 02-27-21

Great thriller for winter nights...

This was a great thriller for cold winter nights! The author managed to create an intricate story with great twists and turns. Hopefully, this will be the start of a great series!

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  • Mr Thomas Munn
  • 02-26-21

The sanitarium

A great book, thrilling story and keeps you guessing until the end. A tale within a tale.

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  • Louise Roberts
  • 02-16-21

Several beats pass..

A modern setting which is very well depicted and quite brilliant, a good winter read! Overall a good story but definitely drawn out, quite a bit of repition of the same phrases which started to distract a bit. Characters lacked depth.

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  • Margarete
  • 02-25-21

Started so well....

Thought I was going to love this book. The setting was so well described and very atmospheric. In fact I would say the Hotel was a character in its own right. However, the ending just defied logic. Extremely disappointed

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  • Jo
  • 02-16-21

The Sanatorium

Hmmm, overall I enjoyed this book. I just wasn’t very keen on the main character, I found her to be quite needy ( even though it’s explained why) and I thought she was a terrible detective!! She fell for every red herring or maybe the author just needs to tighten up her plots? I’d guessed way before she did who the killer was!
Overall I’d say not bad but needs work.

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 02-06-21

A snowball chance in hell

Long and convoluted story. I’m not sure who killed who nor do I care. Shame.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-06-21

9 hours of my life I'll never get back

Oh this sounded so promising. And Reese had it as a bookclub pick. I did not like the narration at all, it was so bland. And the story was just contrived, with some character relationships really lacking in depth and leaving so many questions about how they got to be at the point they were. And the overall plot - just too unbelievable and pointless. I so wanted to like this and I had to bear through it all just to see if there was any point to it at the end. There wasn't. Don't waste a credit or your valuable time on this one.

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  • mairead
  • 03-02-21

Hard work

I really tried with this but it just got worse and worse. Would not recommend; convoluted and without charm.

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  • Sydney Girl
  • 04-18-21

Great idea but too long

There were so many red herrings, storylines and plot twists that I was exhausted and a bit bored by the time I was three quarters of the way through. I skipped a few chapters towards the end just to get through it. It’s a great mystery and the setting is magnificent, it just needed a good hard edit.

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  • Ms
  • 04-17-21

not bad

story was fairly good, but not particularly memorable. Narration quite good but as I said not q favourite I would recommend

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  • Chris F.
  • 04-14-21

great story

a nail bitting performance fr the author a real edge of your seat thriller a must read or listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-13-21

Sadly Underwhelming

Although I enjoyed the story, it was written in a very repetitive manner. I found the continuous use of similar phrases and language, stagnant and at times boring. The story was interesting but a little to predictable. Overall would say it’s worth a read, but there are definitely other titles I would recommend over this one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-11-21

Excellent thriller

This was a Fantastic read, with lots of twists and turns that will keep you guessing

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  • Prufrock
  • 04-08-21

Dreary and implausible

I am so so tired of the brilliant at work, but neurotic outside of it, female detective trope. As for the plot, implausible doesn’t begin to cover it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-21

very enjoyable gripping story,

this would have to be one of the best stories I have ever listened to, suspense at every turn.