*Since I wrote this, I found out that there is a sequel coming. This answers some of my questions about the ending!
The Plot (from Goodreads):
Half-hidden by forest and overshadowed by threatening peaks, Le Sommet has always been a sinister place. Long plagued by troubling rumors, the former abandoned sanatorium has since been renovated into a five-star minimalist hotel.
An imposing, isolated getaway spot high up in the Swiss Alps is the last place Elin Warner wants to be. But Elin’s taken time off from her job as a detective, so when her estranged brother, Isaac, and his fiancée, Laure, invite her to celebrate their engagement at the hotel, Elin really has no reason not to accept.
Arriving in the midst of a threatening storm, Elin immediately feels on edge–there’s something about the hotel that makes her nervous. And when they wake the following morning to discover Laure is missing, Elin must trust her instincts if they hope to find her. With the storm closing off all access to the hotel, the longer Laure stays missing, the more the remaining guests start to panic.
Elin is under pressure to find Laure, 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 are all in.
I’m all for the isolated mountain top thriller where people begin to disappear during an avalanche. This setting might be one of my favorites for a thriller, semi-closed room and unable to contact the police. I’ve really enjoyed Shiver, An Unwanted Guest, and One By One, which had similar settings. The cover is amazing, and begs to be read in the middle of winter, curled up by the fire (which I did not do!).
I’m not sure The Sanatorium lived up to my expectations, though. I read it as a buddy read with my sisters, and we all felt somewhat lukewarm about it. I actually started it and then put it down for over a month while they waited for me to finish so we could discuss!
The atmosphere was top-notch, but the plot fell a little flat. I didn’t really connect with Elin–she was a little odd, perhaps due to the incident that forced her to take leave from her job as a detective, but it made it hard for me to relate to her.
I don’t love cliffhangers, so the epilogue didn’t really do it for me. When I read it, there was only some speculation online as to whether there would be a second book. However, I just checked and the sequel The Retreat has been announced on Goodreads! It comes out in April 2022. I’ll certainly be checking it out to see if we get some more answers that I wanted from The Sanatorium.
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