The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse. (2021).
**3.5 out of 5 stars**
Detective (currently on a break) Elin has traveled to an imposing, isolated hotel high up in the Swiss Alps after receiving an invite to celebrate her estranged brother Isaac’s recent engagement. Arriving in the midst of a threatening storm, Elin is immediately on edge and something about the hotel and Isaac make her nervous. The next morning, Isaac’s fiancée Laure has vanished. With the storm cutting off access to and from the hotel, 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…
With the combination of a woman missing, set against the backdrop of an isolated sanatorium converted into a high-class hotel, the synopsis for this one sounded very intriguing. I’ve ended up giving this one 3.5 out of 5 stars because I did like the story but there were a few things about it I didn’t like. I actually can’t really say what I didn’t like because of spoilers, but what I can say is that I didn’t find the explanations and motives for the crimes satisfactory, it felt like it was reaching a bit. I note that this is the first book for the author and I do think it’s a good debut. The way the story ends I am thinking there might be a sequel with Elin and I would probably be keen to read that.
Overall: I’ve seen pretty mixed reviews for this one, I personally liked it but by the end was a bit over it. If the synopsis interests you, then I would recommend giving it a go.