Torbay novelist is an international bestseller
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The Sanatorium, a superb debut novel from Torbay author Sarah Pearse, is now featuring on bestseller lists across the globe.
Recognition from the Sunday Times and New York Times, among others, plus inclusion in the Book Club Pick by Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon has catapulted Sarah into a new world of literary stardom.
“It has been an incredible whirlwind and it all spiralled from the Reese Witherspoon review,” said Sarah, a former pupil at Oldway Primary and Torquay Girls’ Grammar School.
“Everything has exploded publicity-wise and every dream come true. It is something you possibly imagine as an author, without ever genuinely thinking it will happen.
“I was just happy to have the book published and it has been fantastic to have contact from readers in America and Book Club events.”
The Sanatorium is a chilling crime thriller set in the mystical mountains of Switzerland, following the story of Elin Warner, who just happens to be a detective from Devon.
She travels from Torbay to her brother’s wedding at a minimalist hotel in Switzerland, which has been converted from an old sanatorium. The snow begins to fall and they become trapped in a hotel with the guests and a series of murders occur, leaving it down to Elin to solve the case.
Despite this amazing success, there is no resting on her laurels for Sarah, who is combining her role as a mum of two young daughters with the hard work of preparing a thrilling sequel.
“Readers have kindly said that the book keeps them turning the page,” added Sarah. “During lockdown, it is quite difficult to focus on a novel and there has been great feedback on the short chapters.
“People seem to engage with Elin as a character and a page-turner, which is what I wanted.
“Readers have appreciated the fact Elin is hopefully realistic as a character. I wanted her to be someone that people could relate to and they want to follow her story.
“I am now working on the second book, which is set here in the UK. I completed the first draft before all this publicity.
“Elin comes back to the UK and I’m working on the next edit.”