Book Review

The Lost Village – Camilla Sten

Book Title: The Lost Village


Author:  Camilla Sten

Goodreads Link: Click here

Release Date:  3/23/21

Star Rating:

 Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

A mystery involving a lost Scandinavian village? The whole town’s population goes mysteriously missing and decades later, a young documentarian returns to hopefully unlock the mystery. Oooh sounds creepy.

The Blair Witch Project meets Midsommar in this brilliantly disturbing thriller from Camilla Sten, an electrifying new voice in suspense.

Documentary filmmaker Alice Lindstedt has been obsessed with the vanishing residents of the old mining town, dubbed “The Lost Village,” since she was a little girl. In 1959, her grandmother’s entire family disappeared in this mysterious tragedy, and ever since, the unanswered questions surrounding the only two people who were left—a woman stoned to death in the town center and an abandoned newborn—have plagued her. She’s gathered a small crew of friends in the remote village to make a film about what really happened.

But there will be no turning back.

Not long after they’ve set up camp, mysterious things begin to happen. Equipment is destroyed. People go missing. As doubt breeds fear and their very minds begin to crack, one thing becomes startlingly clear to Alice:

They are not alone.

They’re looking for the truth…
But what if it finds them first?
– Goodreads

Ok, so this is kind of a little Midsommar-ish but not nearly scary enough.

I didn’t find it very compelling and the lead character was a little silly. She kept secrets that didn’t need to be kept, except to advance plot I guess. But don’t you hate it when you watch a show and no one will tell each other the one thing that will solve everything!? Maybe it’s just me. But it doesn’t feel like the suspense is earned when so much disaster can be averted by people just saying, oh yeah you know what, I saw a creepy person hanging around camp last night.

Maybe it’s just not the book for me. I kept reading because I wanted to know how it ended so wasn’t bad. I was hoping for more of a thriller, but I guess I’m not easily frightened.


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