The Sanatorium - Sarah Pearse
The chilling debut from the hottest new talent in crime fiction
High in the Swiss Alps, a luxury hotel opens in what was once a sanatorium, but the new design can’t hide the building’s dark history for long . . .
Half-hidden by forest and overshadowed by threatening peaks, Le Sommet has always been a sinister place. Once a sanatorium treating tuberculosis patients, it fell into disrepair and was abandoned. It has long been plagued by troubling rumours, which continue even after its conversion into a lavish hotel.
DI Elin Warner is on a career break, scarred by a particularly brutal case back home in Devon. When her estranged brother Isaac invites her to celebrate his engagement at the hotel, she feels she has no choice but to accept. But soon after she arrives, Isaac’s fiancée Laure goes missing. Asked by Isaac to investigate, Elin discovers that Laure is not the first person to have disappeared in suspicious circumstances at the old sanatorium.
As one of the worst snowstorms in thirty years descends, Elin starts to join the dots between Laure’s disappearance and the sanatorium’s dark past. Just when she thinks she’s making progress, a brutal murder takes place. With avalanches closing off all routes to the hotel, Elin is under pressure to uncover the sanatorium’s secrets and find her brother’s fiancée before the killer strikes again. Bit by bit, the truth is revealed about the hotel’s disturbing history, and Elin is forced to delve into her own family’s complex past to help solve the case.