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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?
Come find out.

A Macmillan Audio production from Minotaur Books

"An enthralling and claustrophobic read. Camilla Sten has written a lurid thriller that will send shivers down your spine.” (M.T. Edvardsson, author of A Nearly Normal Family)

"Come for the mounting horror and scares, but stay for a devastating examination of the nature of family secrets." (New York Times Book Review

©2021 Camilla Sten and Alexandra Fleming (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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Absolutely Loved It!

Binged the whole book over one day, just couldn't put it down! Sten played the past and present together beautifully, and the village itself was so well crafted as to give the whole story a vibe - an atmosphere - that is so very rare. Dawe managed to give all the characters their own tone and speech, and her ability to heighten emotional scenes was perfect.
A brilliant mystery, thriller, and drama. I hope more of Sten's work is translated.

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  • Christel Thomas
  • 26-03-2021

Mixed

This book had outstanding potential. The premise is extremely unique, clever, and totally original. The first 3/4 of this book I was riveted, couldn’t put it down. However, as the denouement approaches, it’s as if the author lost her steam, or just wanted to wrap the story up quickly. I wanted to hear more about this place, the lake, the mine, I was left wanting. There were so many things in the end that felt unresolved; too simply and nearly concluded without actually fulfilling the promise made in the beginning. This was such a great read until the last third of the book. Also, I totally agree with my fellow reviewer who talked about how unlikeable the main character was. In order to be satisfied, the reader needs to truly empathize with, or at the very least relate to, the main character. And unfortunately, as the story unfolds, we see just how vapid, selfish, and quite honestly, stupid the main character is.
I have never felt so conflicted about a book.
It was so strong and original but that ending was just a little too simplified and convenient. Worth one read but not a book I will revisit for a second pass. This was this author’s debut novel. She has great potential and I still look forward to her future endeavors. This could have been the best read of recent months with the exception of the ending.
Finally, the performance was outstanding. I have not a single complaint there. The performer was excellent and mastered several completely different voices with skill and professionalism. She was fantastic.
Bottom line: worth a read
Greatly looking forward to her next book(s) as she has a ton of potential.

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  • Carol
  • 25-03-2021

The lead character is horrid!

The concept of this book was good but the execution, not so much. All the characters were irritating, but the lead character was such a selfish horrid person that by the time I was 25% through the book, I didn't care what happened to her. The narrator was pretty good consider that all she had to work with was a character so clueless and self absorbed that it was almost too irritating to even finish the book.

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  • Misty M.
  • 04-04-2021

Spooky vibes!

After reading many crime thrillers and romances lately, I was on the hunt for something spooky, something to shake up my reading corner! What better than a book about an entire town going missing with only a stoned-to-death woman, an abandoned baby, and letters from the main character's grandmother, who had grown up in that same town before everyone's disappearance?

“The Lost Village” was certainly creepy; I'll give it that. It‘s told from three main perspectives, providing a then and now layout, which plays exceptionally well off each other, all the way up until the final reveal. Mental health plays a significant role, with those impacted having a wide array of experiences influencing their every move and belief. Without giving too much away, a film crew with ties to the town’s past goes to explore and prepare the makings of what is to be a documentary of the lost village of Silvertjärn; character’s prior history and drama amplify the tension surrounding their exploration when equipment is damaged, members of the crew become physically affected, and sinister sightings lend way to weary eyes. Who knows what or who to believe?

I enjoyed the mystery surrounding the town's disappearance the most, as told through narration from Alice’s great grandmother Elsa and letters via her great aunt Aina to her grandmother, Margareta. The cult-like vibes were strong and powerful, leaving me in anguish for many of the townsfolk. I wasn't as fond of the present-day story; I’d hoped for more of a supernatural, ghostly conclusion. Nonetheless, “The Lost Village” was hard to put down, and I was enthralled from start to finish.

I'd recommend this book to any mystery/thriller fans with interest in spooky vibes, cult-like happenings, and dual timelines! I heavily enjoyed following along between the audiobook and text; the narrator was superb.

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  • Niki Abram
  • 27-03-2021

Delightfully eerie!

I absolutely love this book the storyline was great and the narrator was spot on, kept me on my toes and sent chills down my spine several times. What got me the most was the epilogue, there was just something about it that pulled the whole novel very nicely. Definitely a five star read!

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  • David Palmer
  • 31-03-2021

Just Okay!

I had high hopes for this book so it was a bit of a let down! While the story was decent enough, it didn't live up to my expectations! The main character was so unlikable that I didn't care what happened to her! Kind of takes all the suspense out of a book when you don't care if anyone lives or dies! LoL!

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  • Michele G.
  • 13-04-2021

Very Good

I really enjoyed this book. Although it took place in Sweden, outside of how names are pronounced you wouldn't notice at all. Very hood translation. Excellent story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-04-2021

Now….Then…

The story is good, however there are TOO many NOW’s and THEN’s. Plus, it seems like the author writes “she says,” and “I say” way too much as well.

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  • M. Cannon
  • 29-03-2021

Well I did not guess the ending.

A good story and well performed. No spoilers here but I should know where the people went.

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  • Carnal Flower
  • 02-05-2021

Absolute Dreck

Don't waste a credit on this horrible so-called "novel." The writing is so bad and so cliched it made me groan. I was very interested in the premise of the story and I suffered through a few chapters trying to convince myself I could endure the gratingly bad prose, but I gave up. Nope, not worth it.

It's one of these fancy thrillers where the author decided her story is too boring on its own, so breaks it up with "the past" perspective, and yanks you back and forth for no good reason.

The "now" part is written as present first person, as in, "I gulp and swallow before clearing my throat to speak." "We drive into the town where houses seem to be looking at me with empty eyes. 'Wow, I can't believe we're really here," I say. I can feel my heart pounding in my chest."

Be prepared to have "I say" and "I mutter" and "She says" or "He says" repeated every ten seconds.

Absolutely godawful mind numbingly awful. Run far away!

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  • Sandy B
  • 28-04-2021

Overall good entertainment

I liked the overall story except some parts were a bit hard to be believed as realistic. Narration was great except the one voice of the character "Ina" really was over the top as far as being irritating and unlikable.

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  • V. O'Regan
  • 25-03-2021

An atmospheric mystery

I have written a fuller review of the book on Amazon
However, I want to comment on the narrator and how odd it was to have a Swedish novel, set in Sweden read in an American accent. I did get used to her voice but it was a bit distracting

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  • Dog Walker Sussex
  • 16-04-2021

Such a mystery.

I enjoyed the first half but toward the end it became very overdramatic and "shouty!. Had to keep diving for the volume control!. I did reach the end but was rather relieved when it came.

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  • JanettheGannet
  • 11-04-2021

ok but not stellar.

The story itself was OK and very listenable although not compelling. But the narrator used the same breathy anxious tone for almost every sentence (and can't pronounce Robert without putting a w in it).

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  • Shirley Hatchett
  • 10-04-2021

Scirleah

I really liked this book. The story skipped along keeping my interest, with building tension all through. Angela Dawe was very good at narrating with different voices for the characters. Although I guessed some of what would happened it didn’t detract from a well crafted plot.

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  • Julie Domaille
  • 05-04-2021

Not very likely

How did she survive near 60yrs alone with no food/resources. Good plot, disappointing conclusion aww

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