ARC Review: The Lost Village by Camilla Sten

I exhale – a prayer, an incantation – a welcome: “Silvertjairn.”

As much as I love horror books I have to say I have an equal affection for found footage horror movies.

Yes, when done wrong they can be awful, tedious, and worse yet not scary. However when done well? Chef’s kiss

This is exactly what called me to this book. A chilling horror set in an abandoned village in Sweden? A woman set on cracking the case and the cause of the disappearance of hundreds of people in the dead of night including her grandmother’s entire family?

Bruh, I absolutely live for this.

Alice is a documentary filmmaker and has been obsessed with this story since her youth. In 1959 her grandmother’s entire family completely vanished. The town was empty save for two people. One, an innocent baby, and two a woman’s body strung up and stoned to death in the middle of the village square.

Alice has grown up on the tragedy of Silvetrjairn and she is determined to uncover the truth. What caused an entire town to vanish? Is the supernatural at play or does this run far deeper than any ghost story?

This was a brisk, fast paced read and honestly, I liked it a lot. Camilla Sten does an amazing job at creating a creepy atmosphere. I saw the cavernous doors she described, smelled the metallic tang of blood, and felt dread at all the right moments and maybe even more because it stuck with me for awhile after my read.

The characters are an interesting motley crew and the dynamic between Alice and her ex-best friend Emmy is electric. We switch narratives between Now and Then and page by page uncover the truth of Silvertjairn. The twists are great, so shocking that at one point I didn’t want to finish reading because I was upset with the outcome lol. But I did and I’m glad I did.

Thank you very much to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC. All opinions are my own.

šŸ’œšŸ’œšŸ’œšŸ’œ 4/5

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Expected publication: March 23rd 2021 by Minotaur Books

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