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"Come for the mounting horror and scares, but stay for a devastating examination of the nature of family secrets." - New York Times book review

"[A] scary, highly entertaining debut...that pays homage to Shirley Jackson." - South Florida Sun Sentinel

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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

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"Come for the mounting horror and scares, but stay for a devastating examination of the nature of family secrets." - New York Times book review

“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

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Deliciously creepy and profoundly addictive." - The Free Lance Star

"Legitimately scary." - Air Mail

"The suspense in this book is off the charts." - Manhattan Book Review

"[A] scary, highly entertaining debut...that pays homage to Shirley Jackson." - South Florida Sun Sentinel

About the Author

CAMILLA STEN has been writing stories since she was a young girl and is famously one of the most important sounding boards for her crime-writing mother, Viveca Sten. In 2019, she stepped out of her mother’s shadow and published the now internationally acclaimed, hair-raising novel "The Lost Village." Rights for "The Lost Village" have been sold to seventeen territories around the world including film and TV. The book was one of seven shortlisted for the best translated crime award on ThrillZone.nl and was on the Polish Goodreads shortlist for The 2019 Best Book Award in the horror category. An ever prolific author, Camilla is already working on her next psychologically intense suspense novel, all while travelling the world and putting the finishing touches on the first part of her dark and atmospheric YA series.

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Katchak Yol
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
It is anti-Christian
Reviewed in the United States on April 4, 2021
I resented having Christianity being the villain and the evil description of the crucifix. The author could have used any cult at all, but chose Christianity to blame for leading people astray. This is offensive to me.
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Maureen Hanson
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Didnt Satisfy this Horror Fan.
Reviewed in the United States on March 25, 2021
Oof, I hate to be the first person to rag on this book - but what a literary letdown. When I saw the comparisons to the Blair Witch Project and Midsommar - you better believe I was sold then and there! I am a horror movie and book junkie, but this is fairly tame compared... See more
Oof, I hate to be the first person to rag on this book - but what a literary letdown. When I saw the comparisons to the Blair Witch Project and Midsommar - you better believe I was sold then and there! I am a horror movie and book junkie, but this is fairly tame compared to the likes of anything by Ari Aster. The premise is great, however the amount of time it took to get to any action was a long haul. And honestly I kept feeling like I was missing important plot points, that something big was lurking around the corner - but no...Not even a cheap jump scare. A book in kind of the same vein and done much more horrifyingly is Last Days by Adam Nevill - much more recommended.
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Solid Read: Would Be Great As A Movie
Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2021
Good, solid read. A couple of translation glitches, but nothing major as to detract from the writing. There were a few times where I really had to suspend my beliefs, and I actually rolled my eyes and muttered said disbeliefs to the Labrador occupying my lap ... but never... See more
Good, solid read. A couple of translation glitches, but nothing major as to detract from the writing. There were a few times where I really had to suspend my beliefs, and I actually rolled my eyes and muttered said disbeliefs to the Labrador occupying my lap ... but never received a commiserating response in return - go figure.

As a book, this wasn''t bad; however, with a little tweaking by a filmmaker like Ari Aster (Midsommar - great, creepy flick: if you''ve never seen it, you have to see it) this would be a no brainer as a feature film.

Read the book before it becomes a movie.
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TapTheLine
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The Swedish version of "Blair Witch Project".
Reviewed in the United States on April 1, 2021
Camilla Sten is the daughter of the popular Swedish crime author Viveca Sten who is known for her Sandhamn murder mysteries set in the picturesque little island of the Stockholm''s archipelago. The Lost Village is Camilla''s internationally bestselling novel that is heavily... See more
Camilla Sten is the daughter of the popular Swedish crime author Viveca Sten who is known for her Sandhamn murder mysteries set in the picturesque little island of the Stockholm''s archipelago. The Lost Village is Camilla''s internationally bestselling novel that is heavily reminiscent of the works by other Nordic crime writers such as Yrsa Sigurdardottir and Johan Theorin, while its plotline is similar to that of the infamous American horror b-movie, Blair Witch Project. In her brief foreword note the author stresses the importance of the accurate portrayal of women battling with mental illness in the book as there are three main female characters fighting with their inner demons. Sten makes a point about how people used to perceive and treat mentally ill women throughout history and she writes that she is grateful that her own struggle with depression took place at an era when she could have access to a healthcare system that recognized her condition as a treatable one. In the past times those women were demonized and scapegoated as societies tended to view them as the source of all kinds of evil. The representation of mental illness in The Lost Village is sensitive and humane, while it raises some crucial questions regarding our tendency to consider mentally ill people as abnormal. This is one of the main themes of the novel and it pervades the whole of the story.

The book''s setting is the old mining town of Silvertjarn, a remote, desolate place that got abandoned by its inhabitants sixty years earlier and their disappearance is considered to be one of the biggest mysteries ever for the Swedish people. The book is a fine blend of horror and mystery fiction and the suspense level is kept high as the story evolves and reaches its climax in the concluding part where all the disturbing occurrences that take place throughout the novel are explained and every piece of the puzzle falls into place. The author hints at the possibility of supernatural intervention and the reader gets mesmerized by the enthralling descriptions of an ominous, hostile place that seems to repel any visitors who wish to explore and learn more about its unsettling history. Sten''s writing style is captivating and her masterful use of the double timeline narrative technique is exemplary as the story jumps back and forth in time between 1959 and the present day. The two timelines share a complimentary relationship and major plot points are revealed in the right time, thus keeping the reader betrothed and on edge.

Alice Lindstedt is an aspiring documentary filmmaker who embarks on a risky journey to shoot a documentary, dubbed "The Lost Village", that will shed light to the mysterious circumstances surrounding the vanishing of a whole town six decades earlier. Alice is personally connected to the bizarre story as her great-grandmother, Elsa, was one of Silvertjarn''s more than 900 residents to disappear from the face of the earth. Alice''s grandmother sparked her passion for the town''s history as she used to narrate to her daughter old family stories that shared a common denominator: the tragic fate of the residents of Silvertjarn that marked her life forever. In the present timeline we follow Alice and her crew of four people than consists of Emmy, Robert, Max, and Tone arriving in Silvertjarn in order to shoot a teaser for the upcoming documentary. Being on a tight budget, they only have five days to scout the place and shoot some scenes that are meant to attract the attention of potential producers. But as they settle in the place, inexplicable things begin to happen. Mysterious figures seem to stalk the crew, the radio receives some disturbing signals, and soon one of the members disappears without a trace leaving the rest in shock.

In the past timeline we read about Alice''s great-grandmother, Elsa, who lives in Silvertjarn along with her husband, Staffan, and daughter, Aina. The town is in decay as the mine is closed and most of the residents are out of a job. Staffan hits the bottle and Elsa''s family life upends when a new vicar, Mattias, arrives in town and seems to be able to enchant his flock due to his charisma and charm. Aina becomes bewitched with Mattias and soon her behavior towards Elsa begins to change in a way that is both unpleasant and alarming. Mattias becomes a kind of occult leader who claims that he holds the keys to the people''s salvation and his preaching ripples the surface of Silvertjarn''s quiet waters. Deeply troubled by Aina''s conversion, Elsa will attempt to save both her family and a troubled woman, Birgitte, who lives alone and isolated because of her crippling mental state that doesn''t allow her to function as the rest of the town''s residents do. As the situation unravels, things will get more and more wild in town and Birgitte will be persecuted and victimized by the mass of folk that follow Mattias''s word.

I found The Lost Village to be one of the most entnthralling Nordic thrillers that I''ve read in the last few months and it brought to my mind another classic of the genre, I Remember You by the Icelandic "Queen of Crime Fiction", Yrsa Sigurdardottir. Both novels are based on a analogous plot premise and use the double timeline narrative expertly. The relationship dynamics between the documentary crew are complicated and we learn more about the relationships between the members as the story unfolds. The strained liaison between Alice and Emmy is the most interesting one as it is linked to the main theme of the novel that is the perception of mental illness by the majority of the people. The dialogue is plausible and the final explanation is more than gratifying. To sum up, this book was a pleasant surprise and a great introduction to Camila Sten''s body of work that is comprised of novels of various genres such as YA, thriller, and horror. It seems that she inherited the talent from her successful mother, Viveca, and I believe that the readers will have the chance to read more of her intriguing books in the near future.
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James Holloway
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Simply awful
Reviewed in the United States on April 21, 2021
A truly dreadful book. While the basic idea is compelling -- a bunch of millennial film students investigating a village in a remote part of sweden, whose 900 inhabitants mysteriously disappeared a generation or so ago -- the execution is pretty much C-, the sort of thing... See more
A truly dreadful book. While the basic idea is compelling -- a bunch of millennial film students investigating a village in a remote part of sweden, whose 900 inhabitants mysteriously disappeared a generation or so ago -- the execution is pretty much C-, the sort of thing you''d see in a high school creative writing class. I suppose I was hoping for Lovecraftian cosmic horror or weird pagan cults, but no -- it''s another cultish, fanatical Christian minister who dupes the Swedes into following his bizarre version of the Gospel. That in itself demonstrates an absolutely lack of imagination and a reliance on the most hoary and outdated cliches, which in this book is compounded by the fact that the poorly drawn characters are all, without exception, distinctly unlikable., in particular the narrator Without providing spoilers, the resolution is a long series of ridiculous cliches. The writing is pretty third rate as well.

I understand the author is the daughter of a famous Swedish crime author. Sorry to say this, but whatever gift Mom has did not transmit to her daughter, but one assumes that Mutter helped dotter get this published. That''s how the publishing world works these days, I guess. I am really sorry I read this. You should not read it either.
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ciao49
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Don’t read it alone at night
Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2021
I have mixed opinions about this novel. It’s not particularly well-written, but it’s a good ghost story. I don’t think anyone proof read it for spelling. Character development is such that you don’t really care about any of them, which is of benefit, because most of the... See more
I have mixed opinions about this novel. It’s not particularly well-written, but it’s a good ghost story. I don’t think anyone proof read it for spelling. Character development is such that you don’t really care about any of them, which is of benefit, because most of the characters die off. I gave it three stars as the abandoned mine, creepy village, and missing residents make for a clever setting. I also liked the writer’s vacillating between the past and the present. But, don’t pay full price for it.
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L. Spier
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Seriously good
Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2021
Excellent read. Nope, not saying any more about it. Just trust me, and read this book. You’ll love it.
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C. M. L.
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Fabulous horror story despite unlikable main character.
Reviewed in the United States on March 27, 2021
I really loved this book, it''s engaging and well written. I read it in less than 24 hours. I found myself completely enthralled. The only complaint I have is that as someone who has suffered with sever anxiety and depression I found the main character to be... See more
I really loved this book, it''s engaging and well written. I read it in less than 24 hours. I found myself completely enthralled.

The only complaint I have is that as someone who has suffered with sever anxiety and depression I found the main character to be thoroughly unlikable. Despite having so much in common I felt that I couldn''t relate to her at all. She was completely selfish and her descriptions of the others helping her on the project are written as if they are from the perspective of mean girl Regina George. I really had a hard time feeling any empathy for her.

That being said, this was a great story and I felt that the answers to the mystery were worth the build up and story. A lot of times when I read horror stories the ultimate revelation can be somewhat of a let done but I didn''t feel that at all.

This is a great, I definitely recommend it despite my lack of love for the main character.
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L. Young
2.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Disappointing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 20, 2021
This had such potential and I was very much looking forward to it. I love creepy stories about abandoned areas or people who just go missing, my favourite being The Terror by Dan Simmons. This was touted as Blair Witch in style, which arguably set it up for a fall from the...See more
This had such potential and I was very much looking forward to it. I love creepy stories about abandoned areas or people who just go missing, my favourite being The Terror by Dan Simmons. This was touted as Blair Witch in style, which arguably set it up for a fall from the outset. A solid start. It drew me in and set a good scene. A couple of creepy moments early on. Those feelings of being watched, of someone in standing at the periphery. The "Then" sections were interesting, the letters, the sinister cult leader. But then it started to fall apart and by the conclusion was laughable. Daft is the best way to describe it. We needed more back story as the conclusion of "Then" was rushed. "Now" was no better, and it felt like the author had lost her way with it. A shame as it could have been an excellent piece of horror. Giving it 2/5 for a decent start.
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vaughan jones
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A good Debut in English
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 22, 2021
I had spent sometime trying to find this in English. An interesting story that will take you back and forth I could see this as a BBC4 Drama or on Sky Well written Camilla Sten
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Barton
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Captivating plot
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 11, 2021
Generally an excellent read with vivid characterisation. Some effective use of figurative language. But the ending seems far too rushed.
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Kevin
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Short and sweet
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 14, 2021
Easy to read short novel with a simple enough storyline to follow what was going on. However the ending was a little unrealistic given however realistic the author kept the story up until then
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