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 . . .
Just the cover alone made me want to read this book - how fab does it look?! And then of course once I found out it was a thriller that takes place in a hotel that used to be a sanatorium based in the mountains, I knew I had to get my hands on it!
The Sanatorium is an atmospheric and tense telling of what should have been a weekend of celebration and reunion. An estranged sister and brother reuniting after a long time to celebrate his engagement to a childhood friend. The setting seemed like something from a dream; white capped mountains, beautiful new hotel and amazing news. But things very quickly start to unravel.
I found the narrative and the characters very strong. You really got to know Elin on a deep level and very quickly understood the struggles she has had to live with. I thought Isaac was in fact the strongest character and played the role of the estranged brother perfectly. The narrative is completely immersive and I could picture myself watching the story unfold in the creepy setting. The whole thing gave me The Shining vibes!
The pace is really good and you keep wanting to move on to the next chapter to see what happens next. However, I found the final third of the book a little bit of a let down. Certain things were a little too dramatic and I found the end a bit anticlimactic. I don’t know what I was expecting but it just didn’t end as ‘wow’ as I thought it would.
Overall, still a great read for those who love immersive and atmospheric stories that keep you on your toes. I will definitely read the next book in the series.
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
'Wills right, about her coming alive. She's forgotten this - life not just happening to her but being a part of it. Changing the path of something. Taking action.'
Not necessarily my favourite but as I said above, I thought Isaac was a super strong character.