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The Sanatorium: A Novel (vuoden 2021 painos)

– tekijä: Sarah Pearse (Tekijä)

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2902069,369 (2.99)8
Jäsen:MedRedRaider
Teoksen nimi:The Sanatorium: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Sarah Pearse (Tekijä)
Info:Pamela Dorman Books (2021), 400 pages
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I read a negative review of this overhyped novel before buying and I'm glad I waited for the price to drop before making up my own mind. The setting could have been amazing, like a swanky Overlook from The Shining relocated to Switzerland, but the author chose to focus on the central character, a UK police detective with PTSD, and Elin just isn't strong enough to carry the story (despite repeated protestations to the contrary: 'In her mind, she’s as strong, as physically infallible as any man, yet in this image she seems anything but'). We never really get to connect with her on a personal level and her detecting skills are hopeless - she either ignores the obvious or divulges evidence to the wrong people on a regular basis. And of course, her main suspects are all innocent until process of elimination presents her with a Poirot style confession from the actual murderer. (I actually suspected Elin's boyfriend, who she thinks is loving and supportive but comes across more like a creepy gaslighter!)

I was intrigued by the murders when I thought the history of the sanatorium was at the heart of mystery, and connected the meaning of the bracelets LONG before Elin got there, but the grand revelation feels tacked on, like the author wanted to give her book a 'message' and a creepy old medical establishment for tuberculosis patients just wasn't cutting it (an asylum would have worked better). Also there are a lot of loose ends - what happened to her brother's job? Did Elin just get over her brother's childhood confession? And don't get me started on the sanatorium's dark secret.

A confused, rambling haunted mansion story with too many subplots and a lack of believable characters, but over fairly quickly. ( )
  AdonisGuilfoyle | Jun 10, 2021 |
Found this book hard to get through as there was absolutely no character development at all, very hard to get into this one. ( )
  myers3 | May 22, 2021 |
Vivid characterizations make the first half of the book a cut above the normal suspense novel, until the wheels fall off in the increasingly bizarre and improbably second half of the book. ( )
  dcoward | May 18, 2021 |
Each person responds to trauma differently. For Elin Warner, a chidhood trauma has made her second guess her abilities as a police detective, which resulted in her being asked to take a leave of absence. Therefore, when her brother Isaac and fiancée, Laure invited she and her boyfriend, Will, to a spacious minimalist hotel and former turberculosis clinic nestled in the Swiss Alps, she can hardly refuse. The two arrive under weather warnings of an impending snow storm. When all wake the next day, Laure is missing. Since the encroaching moutains are prone to avalanches, an evacuation of the guests and staff is announced. However, before all can be evacuated, an avalanche occurs under worsening weather conditions prevents further evacuations trapping those remaining, including Elin, Will, and Isaac. When a female wearing a gas mask-like device is found dead and floating in a pool Isaac fears that it is Laure, but it is discovered to be a hotel staff member. Laure is still missing. Could she have also been murdered? Elin soon learns that anoher reaction to trauma is revenge.

Initially, I found it difficult getting into this book, which may have been due to the fact that I was listening to it as an audiobook. After a few chapters, I was pulled in. This novel is reminiscent of an Agatha Christie trapped-room murder mystery with a few characters unable to leave this rambling Gothic structure until the snow is cleared. There are a number of red herrings many generated in Elin Warner's fertile imagination. I was surprised that Elin, a supposedly skilled detective, would frequently jump to false conclusions without considering other alternatives. I guess these rabbit trails provided the necessary red herrings to mislead the reader. As each potential murderer was eliminated, frequently through death, I was running out of possible suspects. ( )
  John_Warner | May 4, 2021 |
Elin goes with Will to a top of the range hotel that used to be a Sanatorium. Her brother Issac is getting engaged but things don't go to plan, people in the hotel start to disappear.

This is another hyped book that at the moment is everywhere. A creepy cover of a hotel is enough for me to read it.

This story is another with a closed in setting. The hotel is in the Swiss Alps, and along with people going missing there is a snow storm and an avalanche, well of course there would be.

This book didn't turn out to be what I thought leaving me very disappointed. I felt there wasn't any atmosphere for the closed in setting and I didn't at all think the story was gothic. Instead the story follows Elin as she tries to find out what is going on, she is a police officer after all. From then on I felt I was at times reading a police procedure novel and not the creepy read I thought it was going to be.

I would however read more by the author in the future and do feel bad when the book is not for me. Too much hype sometimes is not always a good thing. ( )
  tina1969 | Apr 20, 2021 |
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