The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

Reviewed by Cassidy Hammel (Library Staff)

What better setting for a mystery/thriller than a hotel that used to be a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients? Sarah Pearse’s debut book nods to Shari Lapena’s An Unwanted Guest, both novels set in a hotel in the middle of nowhere, with a dangerous blizzard isolating the main characters who are slowly meeting deadly ends. The short chapters contained just enough creepy mystery to keep me reading and ignoring the adulting I should have been doing. My only criticism is that Pearse wrote a sentence uttered by the main character on a few too many occasions. Something along the lines of, “a look passed quickly across his/her face that she couldn’t quite place.” Other than that bit of repetition, I enjoyed this chilly suspense novel and can guarantee you’ll feel it too, even during these hot summer days.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC PEARSE)

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