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Sarah Pearse lives by the sea in South Devon with her husband and two daughters. She studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Warwick and worked in Brand PR for a variety of household brands. After moving to Switzerland in her twenties, she spent every spare moment exploring the mountains in the Swiss Alpine town of Crans Montana, the dramatic setting that inspired her novel. Sarah has always been drawn to the dark and creepy - remote spaces and abandoned places - so when she read an article in a local Swiss magazine about the history of sanatoriums in the area, she knew she'd found the spark of the idea for her debut novel, The Sanatorium. Her short fiction has been published in a wide variety of magazines and has been shortlisted for several prizes.

Genres: Mystery

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Little Wishes (2020)
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When They Find Her (2021)
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"Brilliantly written ... I felt every single emotion and was immediately swept up into the story. I'll be recommending it to everyone I know."
Would I Lie to You? (2021)
Aliya Ali-Afzal
"I just fell into this and couldn’t stop... the writing is so fresh and light; funny in places, but moving in others... I just can’t believe it’s a debut! Ali-Afzal writes brilliantly and Faiza is so warm and relatable as a protagonist that you feel every one of her emotional ups and downs alongside her as you turn the page. The story is sharp and witty and so well-paced that I devoured this book in only two days. A total page-turner and one I’ll be recommending to everyone I know."
Five Minds (2021)
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"My mind is officially blown! This clever, twisty debut really delivers. Gripping, well-written and intriguing on every level."
Stepping Up (2021)
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"What a fantastic read - it had me in tears! This book grabbed me by the heartstrings and didn't let go! It has it all - warmth, humour and brilliant observations on love, life and loss. An emotional rollercoaster of a read and one that is well worth taking!"
The Maid (2022)
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"An eccentric and unforgettable sleuth who captivated me and kept me furiously turning the pages."
She and I (2022)
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"Not only beautifully written but gripping and full of soul."
Wahala (2022)
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"Wow, what a debut! Brilliant writing about food and friendship, warm and fun, and I loved watching the more sinister side to the story emerge. Fantastic!"
Breathless (2022)
Amy McCulloch
"If you're looking for a book to thrill and transport you, then Breathless is the read for you! Set high in the chilling Death Zone, this thriller had me on the edge of my seat. I loved being immersed in the competitive, high-stakes world of alpine climbing, and Amy brilliantly evokes how risky this setting is, a setting that can only get deadlier with a murderer on the mountain . . . A must-read for 2022."
Do No Harm (2022)
Jack Jordan
"When you pick up a book to read the first page and then can't put it down . . ."
The Hiding Place (2022)
Simon Lelic
"This book delivers on its premise and then some! This novel about a creepy school and a deadly game gone wrong is both compelling and beautifully written and infused with a simmering tension - I couldn't stop turning the pages!"
The Last to Disappear (2022)
Jo Spain
"This brilliant book captured me from the first page and didn't let go! Jo Spain's beautifully atmospheric prose transports you to the beautiful, frozen landscape of Finland, immersing you in a dark and terrifying mystery that kept me constantly guessing. Agatha Koskinen, the detective, is utterly compelling as a character and I relished following her throughout the twists and turns of the investigation. A fantastic, page-turning read. I absolutely loved it!"
The Bay (2022)
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"Nail-bitingly tense...leaves you gasping for breath."
Complicit (2022)
Winnie M Li
"As soon as I read the first few pages of COMPLICIT I knew it was going to be a compulsive read - Winnie M Li's powerful and beautiful writing immediately immersed me and kept me furiously turning the pages. Through her assured storytelling Winnie draws you into the protagonist's world on every level - from the superficial to the emotional - to paint a devastating and timely portrait of the abuse of power within a highly charged and often frightening workplace. I loved it."
The Ruins (2022)
Phoebe Wynne
"I was completely transported by The Ruins. Phoebe Wynne has evocatively rendered a beautiful, doomed French chateau while creating immersive, almost dream-like atmospherics. I loved this novel."
Run Time (2022)
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"Catherine Ryan Howard is a master thriller writer and Run Time is up there with the best, as the movie set of nightmares she so evocatively conjures starts to turn on its lead actress. The twisty, ingenious plotting and atmospheric location make for a deeply chilling and unputdownable read. I didn't want it to end!"

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