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The Resting Place

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4.5 stars! 

I loved The Lost Village by this author so I was thrilled to receive an arc of The Resting Place. I'm happy to say this one was just as enjoyable for me. 

The story is told in alternating timelines, with the past being narrated by way of a diary. I thought that the way the mysteries and secrets were questioned and ultimately answered throughout was perfect and the pacing was flawless. 

The isolated location was perfect for this and the extreme snowstorm that trapped them there added to the dread and tension. I suspected so many people of nefarious things in this, but I was utterly shocked at the conclusion. The jaw-dropping twists then added together to all make a satisfying ending. 

Make sure you pick this one up in March! The Lost Village is definitely worth a read too 😉 

Thank you so much to @netgalley and Minotaur Books for this e-arc in exchange for an honest review!
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What a great book this is! I will admit that it started out a bit slow for me, but once I got into the storyline, I was hooked. I really enjoy the writing technique of Camilla Sten and her pacing is always on point. One of the more interesting aspects of this book is the affliction that she gives the main character: face blindness, or prosopagnosia. I had never heard of this until reading this book and I think it definitely gave the storyline an extra layer of mystery. This is one book that kept me guessing until the end. I highly recommend!
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Thank you for the advanced copy of this book! I will be posting my review on social media, to include Instagram, Amazon, Goodreads, and Instagram!
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Wow! This book was absolutely fantastic. I was drawn in from the start and didn’t stop until I was done. Can not wait for more by author.
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Where do I even begin with this book. First off, Sten is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I read The Lost Village pretty much in one sitting... The Resting Place was no different. Sten has a way of making readers second guess what they think they know about the plot. 

In this book, we meet Eleanor (also known as Victoria), her boyfriend, Sebastian, her aunt, Veronica, and Rickard, an estate lawyer. All parties meet at a family estate to take "inventory" of the house. However, what they find when they arrive is not exactly what they bargain for. Eleanor can't seem to shake witnessing her grandmother, Vivianne's muder, and it's not helpful that she's unable to identify who did it. With the twists and turns that quickly unfolds, readers get to flip between Eleanor's and Anushka's perspective to come to an unexpected end.

I rate this 5 out of 5 Stars, as I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
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The story gripped me from the start. Face Blindness is not something that I was familiar with and sounds quite crippling.  But that doesn't even scratch the surface of all the good elements of this story.  There is plenty of family secrets and dark intrigue to make a complex thriller that spans two timelines.  In spite of that, the book was very fast-paced and I had no issues following along with the storyline.  I did not see any of the twists coming which left me with a few jaw-dropping moments. This is the first Camilla Sten book I have read but I am now planning to read The Lost Village. I feel like she will become an auto-buy author.
Thank you Netgalley and Minotaur Books for the Arc.
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This was an interesting “thriller.” It wasn’t too thriller-y to me, but it wasn’t bad. The facial blindness definitely adds in an extra element! I liked how it told from 2 perspectives and times. I didn’t expect the killer to be the therapist, nor her being Marit’s daughter.
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The psychological suspense genre is deluged with novels where the main character has some sort of amnesia, be it due to drugs or illness.  Oftentimes, it seems like a cop out from an author who lacks the skill in developing suspense in more creative ways than lost memory.  So when I saw the character had prosopagnosia, I'll admit.  I sighed.  I was suspicious.  

I was wrong.  I am so glad I remembered how much I enjoyed her first novel and gave this a go.  Prosopagnosia is not the only or even primary element developing suspense in this novel.  The haunted house has a horrifying history we explore through a maid's diaries.  It also has secret passageways, secrets, and atmosphere to spare.  If that's something you're interested in, you're not going to be disappointed by this incredible novel.
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I was hesitant going into this one because I wasn't a huge fan of Sten's previous book The Lost Village, but I was pleasantly surprised by The Resting Place! 

Sten's writing really shines here, especially when it comes to building a tense atmosphere. The setting of the manor house in the middle of a blizzard was the highlight of the book for me and made for a great winter read. 

Parts of the plot were predictable, but there were also twists I didn't expect that kept things interesting. I wish the main character's prosopagnosia had been utilized more, as it's a really fascinating condition. 

Overall, I give this 3.5 stars rounded up
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→ 3 stars

“the resting place” is a book i had high hopes for, based on how enjoyable “the lost village” was, but it ended up being okay. not great, not terrible, but if i didn’t get an arc, i probably would have dnf-ed it. 

this is supposed to be a thriller, but it wasn’t that suspenseful. there were a couple plot twists that were very predictable – i saw them coming from a mile away. the book wasn’t exciting at all and i had no wish to keep on reading. the only parts i found interesting were the excepts from anushka’s diary. camilla sten is an exceptionally good writer and i quite like her use of phrases to keep the story interesting, but that wasn’t enough for me to give this novel a high rating. i think my main issue with this book is the fact that i couldn’t connect with any of the characters.

the main character’s inner monologue was tedious at times, she keeps doubting herself and going in circles for a good part of the novel. her boyfriend’s character wasn’t consistent at all, in my opinion – initially he’s painted as this supportive guy, that’s eleanor’s “rock”, but towards the end he’s more whiny and paranoid than she is. i didn’t quite get what went on with the lawyer and the plot twist regarding him because it literally was pointless. the characters from the past were interesting and i quite enjoyed that plot a lot more as it felt less like a bunch of scenes put together and more like a continuous story, unlike the part set in the present.

eleanor has a condition called prosopagnosia aka face blindness, which is a plot device that was severely underused. this condition plays such a tiny role in the novel and when it is mentioned, everything about it is vague. 

overall, i see why other readers would like this one, but it just wasn’t for me. i will definitely read the author’s future works because i like her writing style.

→ thank you to netgalley for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review.
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I read the village by this author sometime last year and wasn’t a huge fan, but I thought I would give it another shot! I really enjoyed this one. It gave all the atmospheric creepy/horror vibes and would be a perfect book to market for Halloween reading challenges in 2022! 

Thank you Netgalley and Minotaur books for the eARC in exchange for my honest review.
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Give me creepy, give me chills, and give me goosebumps! This books is a perfect horror/thriller novel. Fantastic!
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After reading Sten's book, The Lost Village, I knew I had to read The Resting Place.

The Resting Place follows Eleanor, a woman suffering from prosopagnosia (or face blindness). Eleanor witnesses her grandmother Vivianne's murder as well as the escaping murderer. Unfortunately, she is unable to recognize the culprit and fears for their return. Months later she is summoned to her grandmother's summer house in the woods with her Aunt Veronika as the heirs to Vivianne's the property. As she roams about the mansion with her aunt, boyfriend Sebastian, and lawyer, they start to feel that they are not safe at the home as a nefarious figure lurks in the shadows. Not only is the presence of a malicious mystery figure threatening, they also have to survive through a blizzard in the middle of Swedish wilderness.

I enjoyed this book. Although I guessed the main twist at about 60%, it still made me want to read further to confirm my suspicions. It was still entertaining and I appreciated how the story unfolded. I thought the book started a bit slow but quickly picked up it's pace. If you enjoy reading a suspenseful family drama story taking place during the winter at a remote home in the middle of the wilderness, you'll probably enjoy this.
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This is the second book by Camilla Sten and it was every bit as good, every bit as creepy, every bit as thrilling as the first one.  This book keeps you on your toes and keeps you turning the pages until the very end.  I took this book on a cruise thinking it would pass the time on the plane and anywhere I had to wait in line.  I ended up reading it every spare moment I had, including asking to be seated with just my husband so no one would interrupt my reading at dinner.  Would I recommend this book?  You bet I would!!
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🏚 Review Time 🏚

The Resting Place: 💋💋💋💋/ 5

Going into this book I didn’t even realize I was stepping into a perfectly creepy, winter atmospheric story to enjoy in December! The Resting Place is the next book by the author of The Lost Village (still on my VERY long TBR list). This book had lots of twists and turns, jumped between past and present, and was written in multiple points of view.  With all of that being said, it was very easy to follow which can sometimes be challenging depending on how a book is written that tries to do all of those things. 

The Resting Place was a truly enjoyable ride with a mix of likable and unlikable characters, a creepy house that turned into a main character in itself, tragedy, family drama, and a whole slew of other things! I was worried I had some things figured out very early on and I was very pleasantly surprised that I in fact had NOTHING figured out haha.  

Pub Date: March 29, 2022

Thank you to @netgalley and @minotaur_books for providing me the gifted ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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Prosopagnosia, or face blindness, is an integral part of this thriller. Eleanor lives with this condition, and has learned ways to deal with it. She learns that her grandmother left her a house, Solhoga, after her death. Eleanor never knew about the house, and goes there with her boyfriend Sebastian, her aunt Veronika and her lawyer  to see the house.

The story alternates from past to present after a diary is found in the house.  The house holds many secrets, and keeps the suspense to the end.  A psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the end, I highly recommend.
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Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy in return for an honest review. 

"The Resting Place" is a booni written by Camilla Sten, who wrote the popular book "The Lost Village". This book follows the main character Elenor, who witnessed her grandmas murder, but due to her Prosopagnosia aka face blindess, she doesn't know who did it. She goes to her families estate with her lawyer and her aunt. Once there, strange things happen, such as the grounds keeper never showing up, the lawyer acting strangely and the cars not starting. 
There are flashbacks through diary entries of her grandmother's cousin who worked there and we slowly find out what happened in the past.

I loved "The Lost Village" but this one was a bit too much of a slow burn type book. I enjoyed the diary entries the most out. The second half of the book picks up so I can see why people will like it. It just wasn't for me. I guessed what happened 50 pages or so from the end, which was disappointing. The plot was good, execution could have been better, but I think people who like slower paced mystery and thrillers will enjoy this.
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The Resting Place ticks a lot of boxes for fast-paced thriller/mystery/Nordic noir lovers:

- A shocking, very personal murder and not a single shred of evidence whodunit
- The only witness is literally unable to identify the murderer, even though they were face to face
- A big old house with loads of hidden passageways and family secrets
- A ticking clock, locked-room mystery in the middle of a snowstorm
- An inescapable sense of dread and creeping distrust of every character
- An old diary with just the right set of clues to tie it all together

The Resting Place absolutely screams intrigue. It's well worth the read if you enjoy gritty drama with a great twist.

Thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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I received this book as an ARC and this is my review. The creep factor in this book is amazing! I was literally on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. The characters are wonderfully flawed and the action is non-stop. I loved this story! The old, somewhat disheveled house is even a major character - it is all so spooky and nerve shattering. I totally recommend this book to readers who want to try to figure out what is out there - - - just waiting. I also recommend leaving on the light while reading.
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If you love spooky stories then this book is for you! This had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I loved this book and am definitely a Camilla Sten fan!
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