THE LOST VILLAGE | Camilla Sten
03.23.2021 | Minotaur Books
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
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. 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.
The Lost Village is my second read from Camilla Sten and I can easily say she’s officially on my auto-buy list. Sten has a great knack for building atmospheric stories filled with dread and unease. It’s clear early on that there is something wrong with the village that Alice and her film crew have set up camp in. Instead of being a straightforward answer on what is causing that feeling of unease, Sten sends the reader, along with her characters, on a series of suspicious conclusions until an epic reveal. I loved how methodical and precise this unraveling felt.
While this book might be about a crew making a documentary, it actually felt like a found footage style horror movie. I was on my seat,nervous, and even jumpy right along with the crew throughout the entire story. Adding another layer of depth, Sten also provides a past timeline narrative that gives readers a first hand account of what truly happened in the village. I loved the way everything connected and wrapped up at the end of the story. Truly a chilling piece of psychological suspense!
A huge thank you to Minotaur Books for my gifted copy!