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The Sanatorium : The spine-tingling #1 Sunday Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick - Sarah Pearse
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The Sanatorium

The spine-tingling #1 Sunday Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick

By: Sarah Pearse

Paperback | 5 January 2022

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The breakout bestselling crime thriller debut of 2021, The Sanatorium published with rave endorsements from Richard Osman, Lucy Foley and A J Finn. It was an instant #3 Sunday Times bestseller and spent eight weeks in the Top Ten.

'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

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 . . .

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 household brands. After moving to Switzerland in her twenties, she spent every spare moment exploring the mountains and still has a home in the Swiss Alpine town of Crans Montana, the dramatic setting that inspired her novel. Sarah has always been drawn to the dark and creepy - remote spaces and abandoned places - so when she read an article in a local Swiss magazine about the history of sanatoriums in the area, she knew she’d found the spark of the idea for her debut novel, The Sanatorium. Her short fiction has been published in a wide variety of magazines and has been shortlisted for several prizes.
Industry Reviews
'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.'

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