Published (In the US): March 23, 2021
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Length: 10 hours (eAudio)
Series: N/A – Standalone
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?
This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and it didn’t disappoint!
The Lost Village was a mix between Midsommar and the 2012 movie Chernobyl Diaries. It had that feeling of an almost found footage movie even though it wasn’t a filmed “experience”. We open with filmmaker Alice and her team as they arrive in the village to scout the location and film some material to help show investors. Immediately we have some tensions in the group (old friendships, secrets, some romance) and it leaves me wondering right off the bat what are the dynamics of this group and who can we trust. And it just goes downhill from there.
While it feels a little slow to start, The Lost Village really goes full force once it does pick up. There’s this all consuming sense of foreboding and dread that laces through the whole thing. Of course, from the prologue we know that some pretty horrible stuff happens but that doesn’t explain where all the other villagers went. The whole book it really makes you feel like there is a whole village worth of people hiding around every corner waiting to just jump out and grab you. It really reminded me of the Chernobyl Diaries movie in that way, I could almost picture the shadows darting around corners or the figures standing just out of your field of vision. It was definitely very creepy.
We do get a dual timeline with this novel and so it bounces from present day to the 1950’s where we actually see the events unfold through Elsa’s eyes, which is Alice’s grandmother. The dual timeline at first kind of confused me and I wasn’t sure it worked, but by the end I was hungry for those glimpses backwards and being able to see what really happened all those years ago.
In the end, I thought the book was really spooky and enjoyable. It had a great blend of horror and suspense; the plot was engaging and the writing was really good. This novel had so much mood and atmosphere and I was guessing at every turn. The ending was shocking and a great conclusion after allllll that build up. Overall a great read for fans of supernatural mystery!