Book Review: The Resting Place

03.29.2022 | Minotaur Books
Rating: 4/5 stars


Eleanor has prosopagnosia, which is the inability to recognize a familiar person’s face, even the faces of those closest to you. When she walks in on the scene of her capriciously cruel grandmother, Vivianne’s, murder, she came face to face with the killer. With each passing day, her anxiety mounts. Then a lawyer calls to tell her that Vivianne has left her a house – a looming estate tucked away in the Swedish woods. The place where her grandfather died, suddenly. A place that has housed a dark past for over fifty years. Eleanor, along with her boyfriend Sebastian, aunt Veronika, and the lawyer have arrived at the house looking for answers, but what they find is a house of disturbing secrets.

THE RESTING PLACE is a gripping and eerie story of psychological suspense set in an atmospheric and isolated location. I’m a firm believer that setting can be key to making a book a winner for me. I absolutely devour books set in isolated locations where we find our cast of characters second guessing each other and their intentions. THE RESTING PLACE showcases this style featuring an estate with a mysterious past, a cast of characters that don’t quite trust each other, and an intense snow storm moving in. Sten wisely weaves together narratives from our main character, Eleanor, with glimpses into the past through diary entries from a maid who once worked at the estate. These two narratives compliment each other and craft a guessing game for the reader about how these events from the past possibly relate to Eleanor’s current situation. THE RESTING PLACE is a chilling and claustrophobic read that will keep you glued to the pages!

This book is available to buy from: Amazon | Book Depository

A huge thank you to Minotaur Books for my gifted copy!

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