Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: March 23, 2021
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
The Lost Village is a spooky and atmospheric novel with an apt comparison to The Blair Witch Project.
The Lost Village follows Alice, an aspiring filmmaker, as she seeks to uncover the mystery of The Lost Village. A village full of people who disappeared without a trace.
The Lost Village is told from Alice’s perspective in the present and her great-grandmother’s perspective in the past. Sten strikes a good balance between the past and present chapters. The story doesn’t get bogged down in the minutia of daily life in both the present and the past. Readers are given the relevant information quickly so that they are situated in each perspective to watch the story unfold.
The ending of The Lost Village is satisfying with a twist I didn’t see coming. Though the story wraps up fairly quickly, at no point did it feel rushed.
The reason I rated the novel four stars instead of five is because the characters are all surface level. There are four other characters who accompany Alice to the village. The two male characters might as well have not been there for how little they were used. The relationship between Alice and Emmy had the potential to be deeper, but isn’t fully explored.
Overall, The Lost Village is a spooky and atmospheric novel that explores the disappearance of an entire village. It’s one of those novels that will capture your attention from beginning to end.
***I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Will you be reading The Lost Village?