The Lost Village

Camilla Sten, trans. from the Swedish by Alexandra Fleming. Minotaur, $26.99 (352p) ISBN 978-1-250-24925-8
Fledgling documentary filmmaker Alice Lindstedt, the narrator of Sten’s strong debut, grew up listening to her grandmother’s reminiscences about Silvertjärn, a former mining village in a remote region of Sweden. In 1959, Alice’s grandmother had already left Silvertjärn when mysterious circumstances led to the disappearance of nearly everyone in the community, the grandmother’s parents and younger sister included; the only people left were a woman stoned to death in the town square and an abandoned newborn. Determined to make a name for herself, Alice assembles a group of friends to shoot a documentary on location around the same time of year the disappearance took place. Using old family correspondence to guide them, Alice and her crew begin to unravel the mystery. Their suspicions that they aren’t alone grow as they become victims of strange occurrences, equipment is destroyed, and loyalties are tested when their group members fall injured or go missing. Flashbacks heighten the tension. This gripping psychological thriller is sure to please fans of Shirley Jackson and cinema verité–styled horror. 100,000 copy announced first printing. Agent: Anna Frankl, Nordin Agency (Sweden). (Mar.)
Reviewed on : 12/15/2020
Release date: 03/23/2021
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Paperback - 368 pages - 978-1-250-80329-0
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