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  • Writer's pictureKim Catron

The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

Another debut novel by a new writer! The Sanatorium is a a crime thriller set against the backdrop of an old sanatorium turned into spa in the Swiss Alps. Reese Witherspoon chose it for her bookclub (I should be so lucky!) and I like mysteries and let's face it, it's a great cover!

I like twists and turns in a mystery, something that will keep my heart rate elevated, my brain engaged, and my fingers turning the page until all hours of the night.

It did that mostly, until the end...when it lost me.

I'm not a fan of no bread crumbs.

I want to not be completely surprized by the end of something. I, as the reader, should be able to piece the whodunit together, be the detective, and work along side the detective on the pages.

I felt a bit cheated by a lot of the plot. The end then became a list of why, who, and how...all of which, there was no way of me knowing. This wasn't a "Bruce Willis is dead" ending, where once you rewatch you can't believe how you didn't see it in the first place, this was more of true confessions about reasons and situations the reader was never privy to.

If there's a moment before summer when spring cheats us and throws us back to the doldrums of winter, then this would be worth a go with a hot chocolate on the table next you and a blazing fire at your feet.

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