A delicious and creepy story, which reminded me a bit of watching the Blair Witch Project movie. Alice Lindstedt, a documentary filmmaker, has been obsessed with the missing/vanished residents of the town dubbed "The Lost Village" since childhood. Her grandmother's entire family disappeared and what remained was a dead woman tied to a tree and an infant found crying in a building. She persuades a team to go and investigate and immediately unusual and threatening things begin to happen and they feel they are being watched...what IS the secret this abandoned village is hiding? Classic Scandinavian noir with a totally unexpected ending. It is fast paced and will keep you guessing. — Tambra Johnson Reap
Alice is an aspiring documentary filmmaker who takes a small team to the abandoned town of Silvertjärn to uncover its secrets of how an entire village disappeared without a trace. Soon though, things start to go wrong, and as her team begins disappearing one by one, she realizes the town isn’t as abandoned as she originally thought.
Intense and exceptionally creepy, Sten does a wonderful job combining fear and curiosity into a page-turning descent into madness. This has some serious Blair Witch Project and the Lost Colony of Roanoke vibes. A must read! — Angela Turon
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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.
"RELENTLESSLY CREEPY." —Alma Katsu, author of The Hunger (An NPR Best Horror Novel)
"IMPOSSIBLE TO STOP READING." —Ragnar Jonasson, author of The Island
"Readers will revel in the chills." - Booklist
“THE LOST VILLAGE draws you in with its spooky premise--the disappearance of an entire town--but great atmospherics and unexpected twists keep you turning the pages. For fans of haunted reality TV shows, Scandinavian thrillers, and all things relentlessly creepy.” -- Alma Katsu, author of The Deep and The Hunger
"Very atmospheric and engaging mystery from a new and exciting voice in Scandinavian crime. The reader is drawn into a unique setting from page one and it is impossible to stop reading." - Ragnar Jonasson, author of The Island
"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
"This gripping psychological thriller is sure to please fans of Shirley Jackson and cinema verité–styled horror." - Publishers Weekly
"Very hard to put down...delivers maximum dread with remarkable restraint, and as the situation goes from bad to worse to terrifying, readers will revel in the chills." - Booklist