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The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

The Sanatorium

Sarah Pearse

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Imprint: Bantam Press
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publication date: 18 Feb 2021
ISBN: 9781787633315
4 stars out of 5
Sarah Gilmartin
25 Dec 2020

"The chief success of Sarah Pearse’s debut novel, The Sanatorium, is her use of place"

There is a pleasing pressure-cooker feel to proceedings, reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s classic And Then There Were None. Pearse uses clever red herrings – secrets, pills, affairs, mental illness – and the stand-off scenes between Elin and the murderer are genuinely scary. The setting proves ideal: slippery outdoor swimming pools, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, the austere beauty of the glacial mountains, the shadows and low lighting of the posh hotel. Right from the beginning, in a claustrophobic scene in a mountain funicular, there is the sense of no escape.