Book Review

THE LOST VILLAGE by Camilla Sten (Out 3/23/2021)

Thank you to Minotaur Books and Camilla Sten for the complimentary advance readers’ edition of THE LOST VILLAGE for an honest review.

Publication Date: 3/23/2021

Rating: 4 / 5

THE LOST VILLAGE is set in a remote ghost town, once a mining town in Sweden where the local population all disappeared without a trace in the 1950s. Alice is a documentary filmmaker who has been obsessed with what has become known as “The Lost Village” as her grandmother’s family was among those who went missing. All that remained was the body of a woman stoned to death and an abandoned baby.

Alice has gathered a group of friends and crew to spend a few days in the village to try to search for answers others may have missed and to piece together a pitch that will get her funding to make a full fledged documentary. Things very quickly begin to go wrong, but they have no phone reception to reach the outside world. With a pressing need to finish what they started and complete the project, they must continue to try to find out what is going on.

I flew through this book! The isolated setting and the ghost town vibes really gave this book a chilling atmosphere which was exactly what I was hoping for when I saw the synopsis. We are given the present day action and also flashbacks to the past through letters that Alice’s grandmother received from her family after she had moved away. The steady descent of the people into darkness becomes clear as the story unfolds though the author keeps the reader guessing what really happened until the end.

I really enjoyed this read and suggest you keep an eye out for THE LOST VILLAGE when it is released 3/23/2021!

**Slight potential spoilers ahead / trigger warning.**

There were a few issues about mental illness that struck me as being a bit off. There are statements made by characters about mental illness and medication interactions and the impacts of taking/not taking one’s meds that I knew not to be true. These statements furthered the plot and one can read them as the characters’ being poorly informed themselves so it didn’t completely throw me out of the story, but I did want to point that out in case there are potential triggers for people in that. Feel free to DM me if you want more about what my concerns were, I’m trying to be vague to avoid major spoilers.

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