The sanatorium is possibly the most exhilarating debut novels that I’ve perused over the most recent couple of years. The sanatorium is a new type of institution opened by the medical community during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Intended to be where tuberculosis patients could get treatment for their disease or illness. These medical facilities were typically built on high height areas to give the freshest of air. The reason behind such consideration is that, cold and natural air was accepted to be the best treatment for illnesses of the lung.
They offered daylight, nutrition, peaceful rest, and cool, fresh mountain air as the ideal course to help patients recuperate. Having an excellent and cold mountain area that fits these measures perfectly, Switzerland was home to a considerable lot of these sanatoriums. This was, obviously, before the discovery of antibiotics, which gave a genuine fix to tuberculosis and different sicknesses. After this achievement, these spots either shut down or were repurposed for different uses. Unfortunately, sometimes these spots additionally have sordid histories…
The Debut novel of Sarah Pearse takes one of these treatment centres and gives it new life. Designers Lucas Caron and Daniel Lemaitre took an old sanatorium and transformed it into a hotel. Redesigning the place of disease and suffering into a best in class resort. Deep into the mountains of Switzerland. Primary character Elin Warner and her boyfriend Will are gone to celebrate the engagement of her sibling Isaac to their beloved friend, Laure. However, somebody has a different plan for the in visitors and as winter storms cut them off from the remainder of the world, a murder mystery plot unfurls. What the killer does not know is that, despite the fact that she is on leave. Elin is a detective after all, and she’s pushed into an exciting chase for a clever killer.
I love a good murder mystery thrill ride. Specially when it is set in an area that is cut off from the remainder of the world. Where one (or a couple) characters need to utilize the restricted assets they need to tackle the case. This book helped me to remember a portion of my favourite stories. The Sanatorium was an amazingly written mixture of the perspectives I adored best about these stories, minus the paranormal, obviously. It’s difficult to accept that this is Pearse’s first novel, as it seems it is written by an established author. While I did suspect the killer almost immediately. My hypotheses regarding why and how were far from base, and there were a few exciting twists that knocked my assumptions off their feet. I love when an author can discover better approaches to stun and confuse.
All things considered, I recommend The Sanatorium to people who love murder mystery, spine chiller, and nearly all horror suspense books.