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The Sanatorium: A Novel af Sarah Pearse

The Sanatorium: A Novel (udgave 2021)

af Sarah Pearse (Forfatter)

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Titel:The Sanatorium: A Novel
Forfattere:Sarah Pearse (Forfatter)
Info:Pamela Dorman Books (2021), 400 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek

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The Sanatorium af Sarah Pearse

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    The Chalet af Catherine Cooper (Nickelini)
    Nickelini: Both are thrillers set in the Alps

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So maybe really 3.5 stars.
There was so much to like about this book, but in other ways it fell short. The setting was excellent. I like the focus and descriptions of relationships. And the descriptions of the Swiss and in particular the Swiss police and canton jurisdiction ring true. However, The detective was more bumbling through things rather than sleuthing and really figuring them out.
And the whole mis-remembering of the incident with her younger brother could have been used to better effect of her as an unreliable narrator, but instead was merely used for her fear of getting in water to help.
And the whole mask thing- truly so sinister(and the bracelets and, well, the digits removed) but again, not used to greater effect, especially given the reveal at the end as to who was like initiating the murders…until, well, the epilogue. The epilogue left me scratching my head about the reveal of who was committing these murders and their motivation for not just committing murder; but if this was the basis, why the gruesome manner in which they were done. And the staging in the glass boxes. Really? I guess the epilogue sets the stage for the sequel where we may (may?) find out who was really behind things.
PS. Excellent audiobook narration by Elizabeth Knowden

Recommended by Madelyn ( )
  jimgosailing | Nov 18, 2021 |
I listened to this book on my morning walks, and I’m sure that the other walkers I encountered must have wondered about my head shaking and eye rolling. There is just so much wrong with this novel.

Elin Warner, a police detective on leave because she suffers panic attacks after a botched investigation, and her boyfriend travel to Le Sommet, a remote luxury hotel in the Swiss Alps, to attend the engagement party of her estranged brother Isaac. Her attendance is not to celebrate but to confront Isaac about the death of their brother Sam many years ago because she suspects Isaac was responsible.

Shortly after their arrival, Isaac’s fiancée Laure goes missing and another woman is found dead. Because of snowstorms and an avalanche, the Swiss police cannot come to the hotel, so Elin offers to investigate. Bodies pile up in this locked-room mystery. The creep factor is that the hotel, though almost completely renovated, was once a sanatorium for people with tuberculosis.

What irritated me more than anything is how inept and inconsistent Elin is. Sometimes she panics and hesitates, and other times she goes off by herself even when the danger mounts – and despite the fact that not waiting for back-up in an investigation led to her leave of absence from her job. Sometimes it takes her forever to make a deduction: a body is found with hands and feet bound, and wearing a gas mask, and with amputated fingers, yet it is only the presence of sandbags that prompts her to conclude that this death was not an accident?! She ignores obvious things like the bracelets found on the dead when those are so much a part of the murderer’s signature. At other times, she jumps to conclusions; she suspects at least three different people and is proven incorrect each time. She shares information with everyone, even her brother whom she doesn’t trust, but keeps information from the Swiss police? If this is the way she normally did her work, surely she would have been dismissed for incompetence!

Considering the body count, a strong motive is required, but that is certainly not the case. The explanation given by the killer is so complicated and convoluted that it is just ridiculous. And don’t get me started on the epilogue! The possibilities suggested are all illogical.

The writing style is also annoying. The style is so overwritten as to be overwhelming. Phrases appear again and again, as do descriptions. How many times must the reader’s attention be drawn to the amount of glass in the hotel’s structure? How often does Elin try to grasp at some idea that her mind trips over? All of Elin’s thoughts and emotions are mansplained. And are eyes actually so revealing of one’s state of mind?

The chapters are short and always end with a dramatic, suspenseful line. What is irritating is that the next chapter picks up from exactly the same spot. Why would a conversation be divided into two chapters? This is nothing more than a cheap use of cliffhangers.

Stay away from this mystery unless you like a totally amateurish detective, unsupportive and patronizing male characters, and an unrealistic plot with a nonsensical resolution. The epilogue suggests that there will be a sequel. I regret wasting my time on this book so I will certainly be avoiding any follow-up.

Note: Please check out my reader's blog (https://schatjesshelves.blogspot.com/) and follow me on Twitter (@DCYakabuski). ( )
  Schatje | Nov 2, 2021 |
A big disappointment with a ridiculous plot. I struggled to stay interested because Elin feels like a caricature of a woman in a scary movie. It’s very hard to believe she is a detective. It’s never good when a thriller makes you roll your eyes and yell, “Get there faster!” I felt like I had to keep reading to make sure my assumptions were right, but it lacked any sense of urgency any the plot was overly convoluted. It had promise, but it fell flat.

“Adele loves her son wholly, absolutely, but sometimes she struggles to remember who she was before. What her world was like before it had been deconstructed, reassembled into something else entirely.” ( )
  bookworm12 | Sep 16, 2021 |
The Sanatorium. Sarah Pearse. 2021. Le Sommet is a luxury hotel built high in the Swiss Alps on the site of a nineteenth century TB sanatorium. Parts of the sanatorium are incorporated into the design and display of instruments and other items used in the treatment of TB are used as “decorative” objects. It is starkly modern and cold and unfriendly. Elin Warner is a British policewoman on leave from her job. She and her boyfriend go to the hotel at the invitation of her estranged brother, Isaac, to celebrate his engagement. The day after they arrive, Isaac’s fiancé goes missing. Then a murder occurs. A snow storm followed by an avalanche prevents the police from coming. Elin who suffers from PDSD and is whinny and insecure takes over the investigation and bodies pile up and Elin becomes one of the hunted. The is a suspenseful novel with lots of plot twists. It was good but not great. Lots of violence. ( )
  judithrs | Aug 13, 2021 |
I had been looking forward to reading this book but then found it difficult to get into. Once in, I couldn't help but compare it to "Shiver" by Allie Reynolds (much better story). Then i just had to keep reading to finish it. I knew who the guilty person was a little over half way in. There were so many things that just didn't ring true and were so implausible, they made me laugh. When did she ever sleep? When did she ever charge her phone LOL? Gruesome in a lot of places and the characters really had none. Meh, I wasn't impressed. And the ending, don't get me started!! What to heck, the scene on the train?? Is this going to be a sequel? Read Shiver - it's much better! ( )
  clamato | Jun 27, 2021 |
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