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The Sanatorium

The Sanatorium

A Novel

Book - 2021
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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 fianc©♭e 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
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9780593296677
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 24 cm


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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.

Apr 15, 2021

Reese is losing her touch! Could not finish this book. Not Gothic or Spooky at all. The book could have been edited down to half the chapters...a lot of explaining and describing the obvious. Characters were ridiculous.

Apr 12, 2021

This book picks up right in the first chapter and keeps the reader hooked the entire time! It was very suspenseful and creepy and genuinely kept me guessing while I was reading. I couldn't put it down, and finished it in just one day. Loved it! Would highly recommend.

Apr 10, 2021

I was disappointed in this one. I feel like the characters were either over or underdeveloped and I kept hoping for
More about the sanatorium. Details didn't come until the end. I found myself very able to put this one down. I finished; really wanted to know who done it. All of the action seemed
To happen late.

LoganLib_Phoebe Apr 08, 2021

Wrap up warm and hang on to the edge of your seat for this thriller. High in the Swiss Alps, a sanatorium has been transformed into a modern hotel. But when Elin arrives to celebrate the engagement of her estranged brother, she discovers the place has a dark past. A murder is committed, Elin's brother's fiance goes missing and as a severe storm descends Elin finds she has to draw on all her detective skills just to stay alive - and stay sane.
A gripping, icy thriller that will keep you guessing.

Apr 04, 2021

The narrator of the audio version, Elizabeth Knowelden deserves 5 stars actually and was the only reason I finished this book. The main protagonist keeps kicking herself, blaming herself, repeating the same mistakes , so very annoying ... The setting was perfect for what could have been a very noir and suspenseful thriller but the weak plot and inadequate detective botched it up.

Apr 03, 2021

Don’t waste your time on this one. So dumb and the reason for the murders makes no sense and is a reach. The main character is annoying and is supposed to be a police detective, but is awful at her job and actually quite stupid. The book is full of what the author thought was clever aha moments that made me constantly roll my eyes and say sarcastically, “Really. Thanks tips!”

DCLadults Mar 12, 2021

A New & Noteworthy fiction staff pick 2021. You won’t want to leave ... until you can’t. A debut set in a tuberculosis sanatorium-turned-five-star hotel in the Swiss Alps, where a killer is on the loose.

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