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 fiancee 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…
Published last year this book got a lot of hype and I know I am very late to the party. I finally picked this one up due to it being the work book club choice. The book appealed – the cover and the context, I loved the idea of an old sanatorium, all the history held there. Impossible not to be spooky right?
Strong characters formed the foundation of this book, Elin and her boyfriend reluctantly vacation at Le Sommet, the luxury new hotel high in the Swiss Alps. Invited for her brother’s engagement party, the siblings are distant, almost estranged, ripped apart by family tragedy some years previously. Erin never having got over the aforementioned tragedy is now on long term leave from her Detective role with the Police. A traumatic incident at work has left her fragile and uncertain about her future.
At the hotel the holiday isn’t going to plan, concerns are raised when Elin’s brother’s fiancee goes missing, then a body is discovered, a storm heads in and the group find themselves stranded, cut off in their remote mountain location. With the Swiss police unable to access the location Elin is forced into an investigative role, seeking to find the killer as more bodies turn up.
This was a tense and sinister read, a locked room mystery with the hotel being unreachable as the storm rides on. The author skillfully points the finger in a number of directions making this one tricky to work out – I didn’t manage to and I liked the misdirection. This is a strong crime thriller, worthy of the hype and essentially exactly what you would expect and hope it to be. Compelling, I read this fast, over a weekend, an easy read and one I did not want to put down! Late to the party, but glad I got there in the end!
About the Author
Sarah Pearse lives by the sea in South Devon with her husband and two daughters. She studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Warwick and worked in PR for a variety of household brands before following her passion for writing.
Her experiences living in the Swiss Alps in her early twenties inspired her acclaimed debut novel, The Sanatorium, which was an instant Sunday Times and New York Times Top Ten bestseller in hardback, and a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick.
Her eagerly anticipated next thriller, The Retreat, will be published in spring 2022.