The Sanatorium


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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 . . . This is the chilling debut from the hottest new talent in crime fiction.

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 Brand PR for a variety of households 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. You can find Sarah on Twitter @SarahVPearse and Instagram @sarahpearseauthor


Pearse's 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, internationally bestselling author of THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB *
Dark, suspenseful and downright chilling, The Sanatorium is a triumph. Vividly set against the backdrop of the Swiss Alps, it had me on the edge of my seat from the first page. Pearse's writing is sublime. What a talent! Pearse has a big future ahead of her. * Sally Hepworth, author of THE MOTHER-IN-LAW *
The Sanatorium is an absolutely splendid Gothic thriller - gracious in its nods to the classic locked-room mystery, yet bold enough to burst out of that room through the window. Pearse writes prose fresh and crisp as Swiss Alp powder, and her characters fascinate even as their numbers dwindle. * A. J. Finn, bestselling author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW *
The Sanatorium is definitely a debut novel to watch out for. Wow, what a chilling read! One of the creepiest thrillers I've ever read. So atmospheric, clever and compulsive. LOVED it! * Claire Douglas, author of LOCAL GIRL MISSING *
A seriously sinister setting, an incredible sense of place and a twisty, unpredictable plot combine to make an utterly terrifying read. I loved it. * Allie Reynolds, author of SHIVER *
A tense and seriously chilling page-turner. * Emma Curtis, author of KEEP HER QUIET *
What an incredible debut novel. Clever, creepy and utterly compelling. * Samantha King, author of THE CHOICE *
I loved it - such a wonderful sense of location, and the tension is knife edge-sharp. I was up at 5.30 in the mornings to read it. * Michelle Adams, author of THE SISTER *
A superb debut offering an astonishingly creepy and isolated backdrop, great characters, tension and twists. Hugely atmospheric with enough menace to keep you looking over your shoulder! * Sam Carrington, author of BAD SISTER *
Tense and fast paced, filled with revelations to keep you hooked and all set in a wonderfully creepy Alpine location. * G. R. Halliday, author of FROM THE SHADOWS *
An atmospheric thriller with the perfect claustrophobic setting - a converted sanatorium in the remote Alps. This is equal parts creepy, suspenseful and gruesome - everything you could want in a novel for this genre. The heroine Elin is intensely flawed but totally relatable. This is a sure-fire hit guaranteed to keep you seeing shadows in the snow on those freezing winter nights. I loved it. * C J Skuse, author of SWEETPEA *
The perfect claustrophobic setting packed with mystery and edge-of-your-seat tension. * Natasha Preston, New York Times bestselling author of THE CELLAR *
An elegant, tense and chilling read. The glowering Swiss Alps setting was beautifully rendered - for all the horrors, I still wanted to be there! * Emylia Hall, author of THE THOUSAND LIGHTS HOTEL *
A superbly atmospheric crime debut. Deliciously creepy and clever, it's everything you could want in a thriller. Very highly recommended! * Simon Lelic, author of THE SEARCH PARTY *
A spine-tingling setting, an unnerving cast of characters and so many incredibly creepy moments . . . this is not one to read before bed! * Elizabeth Kay, author of SEVEN LIES *
Sarah Pearse's The Sanatorium is a knockout. Mesmerizing, lyrical prose contrasts starkly with the dark story events in this debut thriller set at a remote luxury hotel in the Swiss Alps. Tense, claustrophobic, with a horrific connection between past and present that is utterly unpredictable - I loved this book! * Karen Dionne, author of THE MARSH KING'S DAUGHTER *
It's hard to believe this is a debut novel, given how masterfully Sarah Pearse writes. The setting is starkly chilling, the characters are smart and vulnerable, and as you turn the pages, the slow creep of claustrophobia sets in . . . Highly recommended. * Sarah Pekkanen, co-author of THE WIFE BETWEEN US *
A chillingly vivid thriller in a fantastic setting - you can almost feel the icy Alpine wind on your face as you turn the pages. * T M Logan, bestselling author of THE HOLIDAY *
A tense page-turner. * Sunday Times Style magazine *
One of the most eagerly awaited debuts of the year. * Sunday Express magazine *

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