The Sanatorium

The Sanatorium
Pub date 18th February 2021
Publisher (UK) Transworld (WEL)
Publisher (US) Pamela Dorman Books
International publishers Intrinseca (Brazil, two-book deal), Era Media Ltd (Bulgaria), Egmont (Croatia), Euromedia (Czech Republic, two-book deal), Helios (Estonia), Michel Lafon (France), Goldmann (Germany), Psichogios (Greece, two-book deal), XXI. Szazad (Hungary), Newton Compton (Italy), Kadokawa Shoten (Japan), Helios (Latvia), Sofoklis (Lithuania), Ambo Anthos (The Netherlands), Gyldendal Norsk (Norway), Prószynski (Poland), Porto Editora (Portugal), Nemira Publishing House (Romania), Eksmo (Russia), Vulkan (Serbia), Ikar (Slovakia), Ucila (Slovenia, two-book deal), Atico de los Libros (Spain, two-book deal), Bokfabriken (Sweden), Locus Publishing (Taiwan), Epsilon (Turkey), Artbooks (Ukraine)  


An instant New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller

Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club Pick, February 2021

The Sanatorium will keep you checking over your shoulder. This spine-tingling, atmospheric thriller has it all: an eerie Alpine setting, sharp prose, and twists you’ll never see coming. A must-read.’ – Richard Osman

Everyone’s in danger. Anyone could be next.

An imposing, isolated hotel, high up in the Swiss Alps, is the last place Elin Warner wants to be. But she’s taken time off from her job as a detective, so when she receives an invitation out of the blue to celebrate her estranged brother’s recent engagement, she has no choice but to accept.

Arriving in the midst of a threatening storm, Elin immediately feels on edge. Though it’s beautiful, something about the hotel, recently converted from an abandoned sanatorium, makes her nervous – as does her brother, Isaac.

And when they wake the following morning to discover his fiancée Laure has vanished without a trace, Elin’s unease grows. With the storm cutting off access to and from the hotel, the longer Laure stays missing, the more the remaining guests start to panic.

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’re all in . . .


Praise for The Sanatorium

‘The Sanatorium is an absolutely splendid Gothic thriller – gracious in its nods to the classic locked-room mystery, yet bold enough to burst out of that room through the window. Pearse writes prose fresh and crisp as Swiss Alp powder, and her characters fascinate even as their numbers dwindle.’ – A. J. Finn

‘An eerie, atmospheric novel that had me completely on the edge of my seat.’
—Reese Witherspoon

‘Dark, suspenseful and downright chilling, The Sanatorium is a triumph. It had me on the edge of my seat from the first page. Pearse has a big future ahead of her.’ – Sally Hepworth

‘A seriously sinister setting, an incredible sense of place and a twisty, unpredictable plot combine to make an utterly terrifying read. I loved it.’ – Allie Reynolds

‘Everything you could want in a thriller.’ – Simon Lelic


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