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The Devil's Sanctuary [Paperback]

Marie Hermanson
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25 July 2013

Is this Heaven . . . or Hell?

Estranged identical twins Daniel and Max have a complex relationship, so when Daniel goes to visit his bi-polar brother in a remote and expensive Swiss 'recovery' clinic, he has no idea what really lies in wait for him.

Lulled by the routine and peacefulness of the clinic, Daniel finds himself unquestioningly accepting Max's plea for help in taking care of some business, and the brothers swap places for a few days.

But soon Daniel realises Max isn't coming back, and that the clinic is far from a place of recovery. Struggling to get anyone to believe who he really is, Daniel finds himself trapped in a cruel and highly secretive prison: this is no sanctuary, it's a living nightmare . . .

With the atmosphere of Shutter Island and the intensity of Jussi Adler-Olsen, immerse yourself in this relentlessly compelling psychological thriller from one of Sweden's bestselling crime authors.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Trapdoor (25 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847445772
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847445773
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,215,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alfred Hitchcock meets cult TV series The Prisoner in Swedish author Hermanson's twisted thriller . . . Hermanson makes the most of this intriguing concept, and the secret [it] hides will surprise (Publishers Weekly)

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A breathless, heart-stopping psychological thriller from one of Sweden's best selling authors.

Fear lies around every corner . . .

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4.0 out of 5 stars Marie Hermanson--The Devil's Sanctuary 14 April 2013
By Simon Clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This tense thriller is the highly regarded Swedish author's first novel
to be published in English.
Daniel's life in Stockholm is not fulfilling,when he agrees to a request
from his identical twin brother-Max,to visit him in Switzerland ,where
he is recovering in a secluded private psychiatric clinic. Shortly after
Daniel's arrival,Max convinces him to swop places while he goes away for
a few days to sort out his financial affairs. However,Max does not return,
and Daniel becomes trapped in a gruesome Kafkaesque psychiatric clinic,
that is far from what he first thought it was.
A well written,harrowing, interesting tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A devilish read! 26 July 2013
By Ann Fairweather TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
This is a taut, tense, relentlessly gripping thriller, one you can call 'psychological-terror'! Not giving away too much, when Daniel visits his twin at a luxury 'rehabilitation' clinic high-up in the Alps, little does he know about the place he just entered. All the ingredients are there for a fascinating, brilliant story: the quaint, weird little alpine village, the clinic that does not seem to be exactly what Max, the resident twin, said it was, the odd characters lurking around, and last but not least, the stunning location in a narrow, enclosed valley, where beauty spots hide some terrifying secrets...Well-written (or translated from the Swedish) this is totally my sort of favourite, escapist read, with excellent, interesting depths to the characters, places and plot. The subject of the novel is also absolutely topical, these kinds of studies are going on, and the author certainly has researched the background thoroughly. I only hope now that more novels of this fantastic author will be translated into English.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic read 30 Oct 2013
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