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The Sanatorium

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My normal genre of choice would not have led me to The Sanatorium but I read the book in such a short time - the twists had me so frustrated.  Every time I thought I figured it out there was a new twist. And the very end has me sooooo stumped. I've gone back and read it three times.  It's good!
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Exciting thriller about an old sanatorium made into a high end hotel. This is one of those books where I thought I knew what was coming, but only had guessed half of all the twists.
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There was some really compelling imagery in here - the remote setting and the creepy sanatorium-turned-swanky-hotel were great. But something about this left me feeling flat. Overall, just okay.
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Very scary book! Some of the backstory was obvious given that the hotel was built in an old sanatorium. However, some of it definitely was not. I wasn't sure if this was going in a supernatural direction as the murders started, and I'm not going to tell you! I read a lot of this at night before going to sleep and I'm not sure that was a great idea. It was a perfect book to read leading up to Halloween.

I was not sure if I was in for a replay of Ruth Ware's "One By One." Both books seem to be plays on an Agatha Christie classic, both involve isolated mountain settings and an avalanche, and both are takes on a locked room mystery. However, this and Ware's book are vastly different both in tone and plot. I loved them both equally, but was far more frightened by this one.

I'd recommend reading this in the bright light of day and in a warm setting for your sanity's sake. On the other hand, a dark winter's night, preferably during a snow storm, would add to the frightening experience.
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This book was a nice spooky one and it definitely kept me guessing. Felt a little overly descriptive at times but overall a good read
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Creepy, but dragged on a bit. The setting and backstory were definitely engaging, but the premise was a bit unbelievable and I felt I didn't really get to know the main characters.
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This was a tense, claustrophobic mystery that kept me guessing. And I appreciate that. I read a LOT, and usually have most of the story figured out early. This kept me guessing. One of the best mysteries I've read in a while.
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Was expecting this to be more of a psychological thriller, but it really gets down and dirty! Lots of suspense right from the start and a good mystery with historical ties made this an enjoyable read.
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 
Special thanks to Pamela Dorman books and NetGalley for th advance reader copy of this book. 
Set in the Swiss Alps, The once sanatorium has been turned into a high end hotel. Once you arrive in this perfect snow covered oasis you w on’t want to leave until you can’t. Bad weather and an avalanche trap a group of people in the old fashion sanatorium. When a woman is tortured and murdered and another is missing they need help.  With the police unable to reach the sanatorium to help one of the guests Elin Warner a detective on leave is there only help but Elin has secrets of her own.  
 Elin and her boyfriend Will, along with Elin’s brother Isaac and his fiancé Laure to celebrate their engagement. 
Laure is thr manger of the hotel, Lucas the owner knows Old tuberculosis sanatorium has had some strange occurrences since he purchased the property. His business partner Daniel disappeared before the renovation began. Will they be able to figure out what’s happening and why? Can Elin protect those she’s loves while still trying to figure out the mystery? This book is on Reese Witherspoons book club list and is already for sale.
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This book reminded me of a Ruth Ware book.  I will recommend to patrons who like Ruth Ware and Liv Constantine
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The main character cared more about her own life then the present mystery. She was self involved. The end was a mess. I had a hard time getting into the book. I was over 40% into the book before it grabbed any of my interest.
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Too formulaic for me. I loved this building though. So cool to feature a former sanatorium as a new hotel.
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This book was very difficult to get through. The blurb makes it sound exciting, but in reality it was a very slow and boring story. None of the characters are likable, none of the twists are exciting, and I had to force myself to finish the last half of it. It was a great idea for a story, just poorly executed.
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This was an excellent read you were pulled in at the very beginning here at the very beginning. The author kept you guessing as to who the killer was to who the killer was the entire book.
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This was a 5 ⭐️thriller for me! Loved the setting and the creepy “who is the killer among us” story line!!
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Creepy, creepy, creepy. About the time I got things somewhat sorted in my mind, something else was revealed. I would love to see the location, but just for a day trip! It was a great atmospheric read perfect for a cozy weekend. I loved it!
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I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

There was a lot of suspense in this book. It was hard to tell what was going to happen next and who was the actual bad guy. Some of the stuff was straight over the top creepy. And some of it was middle of the road scary. I thought it was a pretty well thought out plot. I didn't really like the epilogue. I felt like I missed something. That took it down to a  for me.
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The Sanatorium follows our protagonist Elin as she discovers the hidden histories of the hotel-turned-sanatorium she’s staying at with her boyfriend and estranged brother. While I thought I’d enjoy the background of a former sanatorium, I thought that the setting was under utilized. It felt as if the author only brought it up when it was vital to the plot and didn’t feel like an actual setting. I also wasn’t a fan of the antagonist revealing their entire plan and backstory in a verbal vomit at the very end while the protagonist just stands there. It felt lazy to just have the villain list all the things they did and all the things that happened to them. I was very disappointed.
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I've tried to get into this book a couple times now but the beginning seemed to drag. The buzz was so strong for this title I wanted to love it but I just couldn't get interested in it. I may try again but it just wasn't for me.
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After hearing the buzz about this book, I was eager to read this isolated, high tension mystery. It started out very spooky with the disappearance of the architect for a former sanatorium being renovated into a minimalist hotel high in the Swiss Alps. The main character is a British detective currently on sabbatical after a case gone horribly wrong. Suffering from an almost crippling case of PTSD, Elin Warner comes to the hotel to celebrate her estranged brother's engagement. When a body is discovered at the bottom of the pool, Elin is tasked with investigating because the Swiss officials are unable to reach the remote hotel. Although I did finish this book, I was disappointed because I felt it did not live up to the hype. The characters were not well developed or likable, the whole situation was very implausible and the remote location and history of the hotel/sanatorium wasn't used to it's full potential. Overall it was an okay read.
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