An imposing, isolated hotel, high up in the Swiss Alps, is
the last place Elin Warner wants to be. But she’s taken time off from her job
as a detective, so when she receives an invitation out of the blue to celebrate her estranged brother’s recent engagement, she has no choice but to accept.
Arriving in the midst of a threatening storm, Elin immediately feels on edge. Though it’s beautiful, something about the hotel, recently converted from an abandoned sanatorium, makes her nervous – as does
her brother, Isaac.
And when they wake the following morning to discover his fiancée Laure has vanished without a trace, Elin’s unease grows. With the storm cutting off access to and from the hotel, the longer Laure stays missing, the more the remaining guests start to panic.
But no-one has realized yet that another woman has gone missing. And she’s the only one who could have warned them just how much danger they’re all in . . .
I was mesmerised by the Swiss Alp setting of Le Sommet, an old Sanatorium that has been modernised into a prestigious hotel where Erin is
staying along with her partner Will, her estranged brother Isaac and his partner. I felt immediately on edge as the tension between Erin and Isaac is quite apparent. Erin is a detective who has taken leave on the grounds of
experiencing PTSD, add a hotel that has become isolated because of terrible snow and murders which begin to occur, it’s a locked room mystery that would have Jack Torrance chilled. The Sanatorium is a taut, creepingly unravelling mystery that will have you braced to your seat.
The backdrop location of this deathly investigation is an old Sanatorium that was once a hospital for tuberculosis patients that you
learn weren’t treated with the most utmost of respect. This harrowing setting will have Erin racing against time to uncover the truth of the rising body count. Erin, as our protagonist, is at some points overly self sympathising but her personal fight with her inner demons and her determination to avoid her brother drives Erin to uncover the
truth of the happenings occurring at Le Sommet.
I felt that The Sanatorium was a great example of how entertainingly claustrophobic and tension filled locked room mysteries should be. With the Swiss Alps already setting the thrill factor high and the constant elusion of the sinister culprit, the invite was accurate – once you arrive you’re really not going to want to leave until all the unravelled threads have been collected and
Sarah has cleverly orchestrated a tension filled, heart pumping, confined mystery that is a read for cosy blanketed evenings! Thanks again Thomas Hill for sending me a a copy of this thrilling debut! Those of you who have had their interest peaked, you can order yours here!