Publication Date: 18/02/2021 ISBN: 9781787633315 Category:

The Sanatorium

Sarah Pearse

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publication Date: 18/02/2021 ISBN: 9781787633315 Category:


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‘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

‘An eerie, atmospheric novel that had me completely on the edge of my seat.’ Reese Witherspoon


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 fiancee 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 . . .

‘The Sanatorium is an absolutely splendid Gothic thriller.’ A. J. Finn
‘An addictive, creepy and twisting read.’ Stylist
‘I absolutely loved The Sanatorium – it gave me all the wintry thrills and chills.’ Lucy Foley
‘A menacing, creepy debut […] echoes of Hitchcock and du Maurier.’ Daily Mail
‘Dark, suspenseful and downright chilling, The Sanatorium is a triumph.’ Sally Hepworth
‘A chillingly vivid thriller in a fantastic setting.’ T M Logan
‘One of the best books of 2021 […] guaranteed to give you goosebumps.’ Woman & Home

Readers love The Sanatorium:

***** ‘Thrilling, chilling – a tingles down my spine type of read.’
***** ‘Imagine a universe where Agatha Christie and Stephen King collaborated on a book.’
***** ‘Sarah Pearse wastes no time in ramping up the tension and is clearly destined to be a master of this genre.’

Publisher Review

One of the most eagerly awaited debuts of the year. * Sunday Express magazine * A tense page-turner. * Sunday Times Style magazine * A chillingly vivid thriller in a fantastic setting - you can almost feel the icy Alpine wind on your face as you turn the pages. * T M Logan, bestselling author of THE HOLIDAY * It's hard to believe this is a debut novel, given how masterfully Sarah Pearse writes. The setting is starkly chilling, the characters are smart and vulnerable, and as you turn the pages, the slow creep of claustrophobia sets in . . . Highly recommended. * Sarah Pekkanen, co-author of THE WIFE BETWEEN US * Sarah Pearse's The Sanatorium is a knockout. Mesmerizing, lyrical prose contrasts starkly with the dark story events in this debut thriller set at a remote luxury hotel in the Swiss Alps. Tense, claustrophobic, with a horrific connection between past and present that is utterly unpredictable - I loved this book! * Karen Dionne, author of THE MARSH KING'S DAUGHTER * A spine-tingling setting, an unnerving cast of characters and so many incredibly creepy moments . . . this is not one to read before bed! * Elizabeth Kay, author of SEVEN LIES * A superbly atmospheric crime debut. Deliciously creepy and clever, it's everything you could want in a thriller. Very highly recommended! * Simon Lelic, author of THE SEARCH PARTY * An elegant, tense and chilling read. The glowering Swiss Alps setting was beautifully rendered - for all the horrors, I still wanted to be there! * Emylia Hall, author of THE THOUSAND LIGHTS HOTEL * The perfect claustrophobic setting packed with mystery and edge-of-your-seat tension. * Natasha Preston, New York Times bestselling author of THE CELLAR * An atmospheric thriller with the perfect claustrophobic setting - a converted sanatorium in the remote Alps. This is equal parts creepy, suspenseful and gruesome - everything you could want in a novel for this genre. The heroine Elin is intensely flawed but totally relatable. This is a sure-fire hit guaranteed to keep you seeing shadows in the snow on those freezing winter nights. I loved it. * C J Skuse, author of SWEETPEA * Tense and fast paced, filled with revelations to keep you hooked and all set in a wonderfully creepy Alpine location. * G. R. Halliday, author of FROM THE SHADOWS * A superb debut offering an astonishingly creepy and isolated backdrop, great characters, tension and twists. Hugely atmospheric with enough menace to keep you looking over your shoulder! * Sam Carrington, author of BAD SISTER * I loved it - such a wonderful sense of location, and the tension is knife edge-sharp. I was up at 5.30 in the mornings to read it. * Michelle Adams, author of THE SISTER * What an incredible debut novel. Clever, creepy and utterly compelling. * Samantha King, author of THE CHOICE * A tense and seriously chilling page-turner. * Emma Curtis, author of KEEP HER QUIET * A seriously sinister setting, an incredible sense of place and a twisty, unpredictable plot combine to make an utterly terrifying read. I loved it. * Allie Reynolds, author of SHIVER * The Sanatorium is definitely a debut novel to watch out for. Wow, what a chilling read! One of the creepiest thrillers I've ever read. So atmospheric, clever and compulsive. LOVED it! * Claire Douglas, author of LOCAL GIRL MISSING * The Sanatorium is an absolutely splendid Gothic thriller - gracious in its nods to the classic locked-room mystery, yet bold enough to burst out of that room through the window. Pearse writes prose fresh and crisp as Swiss Alp powder, and her characters fascinate even as their numbers dwindle. * A. J. Finn, bestselling author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW * Dark, suspenseful and downright chilling, The Sanatorium is a triumph. Vividly set against the backdrop of the Swiss Alps, it had me on the edge of my seat from the first page. Pearse's writing is sublime. What a talent! Pearse has a big future ahead of her. * Sally Hepworth, author of THE MOTHER-IN-LAW * 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 bestselling author of THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB *

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