Murders in the Sanatorium

Amanda Bussman
3 min readFeb 4, 2024
Photo by Luisa Brimble on Unsplash

Would you stay the night at a former sanatorium? One that’s in a remote location in the Swiss Alps with very few exists?

Today’s book is The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

This adventure follows former detective, Elin Warner as she embarks on a weekend that will surely be one for the books. Estranged from her brother after a grave loss of their other sibling, things between Elin and her brother have been tense. This is the weekend to reconcile and see if Elin’s memories are accurate about what her brother did to their younger sibling.

The book takes a turn when during a horrendous storm. Bodies begin to show up with little relics of the sanatorium’s past.

In a double-fold mystery, Elin’s past and the deaths occurring at the hotel must be figured out.

If you keep reading you can expect spoilers from this point forward :

A Lackluster Tale of Suspense

The book starts with what every good mystery should be, the introduction to a murder. We, as the audience, have no idea who has committed the crime or what exactly has happened to Daniel.

You’d assume that Daniel was the prime victim, right? …wrong.

The novel goes on to introduce a young detective who has lost her way. After a tumultuous…



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