Thank you to Minotaur Books and Camilla Sten for the complimentary advance readers’ edition of THE RESTING PLACE for an honest review.
Publication Date: 3/29/2022
Rating: 4 / 5
THE RESTING PLACE follows Eleanor, a woman with a condition called prosopagnosia, most commonly known as face blindness. She has ways of managing this condition by remembering particular physical traits about those close to her, but when she stumbles into the middle of the murder of the grandmother who raised her, she can’t assist the police in finding the culprit even though she walked right past them.
Eleanor is surprised to learn that her grandmother has left her an old family estate located in the Swedish woods, far from anything else. Eleanor never knew of this home’s existence and her aunt who grew up there thought the home was long sold off. With her boyfriend, aunt, and their lawyer, Eleanor heads to the house to uncover family secrets and determine what will be done with the estate. While there, they find a room that has been closed off and a journal written by the servant who once lived there which might give Eleanor some of the answers she seeks if she can translate it enough to read.
Camilla Sten does a fantastic job of writing a very atmospheric setting, something I really appreciated when I read her THE LOST VILLAGE last year. There are so many questions in this book and it really kept me guessing and wanting to read more as I went. The house is in the middle of nowhere with conditions that leave them almost entirely cut off from the outside world. The story being disclosed in the journal adds more mystery than answers for much of the book as well.
There are some sensitive subjects covered so there are trigger warnings in here for mental health, miscarriage, infertility, and suicide. I can’t really speak to how well the prosopagnosia was portrayed, but I did do a bit of reading on the subject because this book peaked my curiosity and I wanted to wrap my head around the limitations of the condition as Eleanor was dealing with them. The idea that the murderer could be standing right in front of her without her knowing really added an interesting layer onto this mystery.
I very much enjoyed reading this book and suggest it to the thriller fans! THE RESTING PLACE is out on 3/29/2022!