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The Sanatorium: The spine-tingling #1 Sunday Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick (Detective Elin Warner Series) (English Edition) Formato Kindle
'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
*WATERSTONES THRILLER OF THE MONTH*
*HALF A MILLION COPIES SOLD*
*THE NO.1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER*
*A REESE WITHERSPOON BOOKCLUB PICK*
A beautiful, eerie hotel in the Swiss Alps, recently converted from an abandoned sanatorium, is the last place Detective Elin Warner wants to be. But her estranged brother has invited her there for his engagement party, and she feels she has no choice but to accept.
Arriving in the midst of a threatening storm, Elin immediately feels on edge. And things only get worse when they wake the next morning to find her brother's fiancée is missing. With access to the hotel cut off, the guests begin to panic.
But this is only the first disappearance. Everyone's in danger - and anyone could be next . . .
'The Sanatorium is an absolutely splendid Gothic thriller.' A. J. Finn
'One of the best books of 2021 [...] guaranteed to give you goosebumps.' Woman & Home
'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
'A chillingly vivid thriller in a fantastic setting.' T. M. Logan
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.'
Don't miss The Retreat, the addictive new thriller from the global bestselling author of The Sanatorium.
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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 brothe --Questo testo si riferisce alla paperback edizione.
- ASIN : B086M9BLF5
- Editore : Transworld Digital (4 febbraio 2021)
- Lingua : Inglese
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- Lunghezza stampa : 437 pagine
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 112,144 in Kindle Store (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Kindle Store)
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To begin with I just loved the setting! A luxury hotel high up in the Swiss Alps, completely isolated and the most likely place for an avalanche to happen.
I have to admit that the story about the Sanatorium’s history before it became a hotel and the description of the killer’s hideous mask, both managed to give me chills.
The weakest part of this book, for me, was the MC, Elin. She’s a UK detective, currently off the job, who accepts her estranged brother’s invitation to celebrate his recent engagement in a remote Hotel in Switzerland. Soon after she arrives, her brother’s fiancé goes missing and the day after, a body is found! And before you know it, an avalanche hits preventing them all from getting any help from the outside world.
From the start, we realise that Elin is carrying her own psychological baggage around, after a tragic event in her youth, so when she is asked to take charge of a horrendous crime scene, she’s not sure she can handle it.
And neither is the reader.
Her character was annoying to say the least. Her insecurities and uncertainties are palpable up to a point where it gets tedious to read.
Moreover, I thought the final explanation was a little far fetched.
This is the author’s debut and I think the famous quote ‘Less is More’ could not be more suitable in this case. If Pearse had settled with a less intricate explanation of the killings it might have worked better in my opinion.
That being said, this is by no means a bad book. The story unfolds at a steady pace, and never falters. It certainly held my interest to the very end and the author placed enough red herrings to keep you guessing right up to the epilogue! I will certainly read more by this author in the future!
"The Sanatorium" by Sarah Pearse is a high-concept thriller that ends up not delivering on the promises made in the blurb.
The pace is too slow: the setting of the stage and introduction of the characters goes on and on, lingering so long on the protagonist's past baggage that it becomes repetitive. The actual story takes forever to get started, and even after the main plot has been set in motion, the characters spend more time talking than actually doing things.
The writing style is wordy. The "show, don't tell" rule is seldom applied. The major plot points are repetitive. Overall, it couldn't keep me entertained.
As for the characters, they're so one-dimensional that I couldn't connect to any of them. I usually enjoy a flawed protagonist, but Elin was just too much of a cry-baby to be really relatable: she spends more time whining and self-pitying than doing anything else.
The motivations of the characters are simply ridiculous. No real person would behave the way they do.
To top it all off, the epilogue doesn't fit with anything that came before. I guess it's supposed to be a cliffhanger in case this novel becomes the first instalment of a series, but... count me out!
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When I first read the synopsis of this book some time ago, I immediately put it on my list of books to read: A former sanatorium that has been repurposed as a luxury hotel in an isolated alpine location where people mysteriously start to go missing. It sounded like it could be just the kind of atmospheric "locked room" style thriller that I enjoy reading. I was soon to be disappointed.
The setting is excellent. It is just the kind of backdrop that contemporary mystery writers such as Ruth Ware and Lucy Foley would select for one of their novels. Unfortunately, favourable comparisons with these two ladies begin and end there. Having selected great settings Ruth Ware and Lucy Foley are adept at then going on to create plausible characters and scenarios as they expertly build the story. This doesn't happen in "The Sanatorium".
The characters are neither likeable (admittedly, not always a necessary requirement) nor engaging and the scenarios that the reader is asked to buy into stretch credulity too far, too often. I could list numerous examples, but I suspect that some people reading this review may have sufficiently masochistic tendencies to still go away and read "The Sanatorium" for themselves. So, for their sake, I shall keep this as spoiler-free as possible.
I hate not finishing a book, but for long periods I really had to grit my teeth and push myself to carry on with this. The great potential that the dramatic setting had provided for creating a tense atmosphere, full of suspense had never materialised and I was quite bored. Eventually, thankfully, the content became more engaging - but not until the final 15% of the book. Even then, as we entered into the territory of the "big reveal", it was hugely contrived and reminded me of the lengths that a soap opera might sometimes go to in order to retrofit a storyline.
I have resisted the temptation to mark this as a 1-star read, but sadly, it still only warrants a lower-end 2-star rating.
I started reading and began to wonder what I was missing. This should have been a real escapist's dream- which we all surely need right now- but instead I kept thinking what a strange character Elin was, one that should have captured our sympathy but just succeeded in being teeth-grittingly annoying. I have to say I have given up, which I hate to do, but I couldn't stand any more. There are good reviews from other readers so I guess it is me. I really should never just go by the pre -publication blurb, because that was a book I wanted to read, while the one I got just wasn't. Sorry.