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The Resting Place

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Like Sten's The Lost Village, this book shifts back and forth from the past to nowish. With the former book, though, I definitely preferred the past sections, finding them more compelling and faster paced than these modern times. With this one, though, I found both perspectives equally intriguing.
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An atmospheric and enjoyable mystery! I loved the spooky house setting and the isolation brought by the blizzard. The face blindness concept made for an intriguing set-up, though I wished it had been utilized more fully (I kept expecting Eleanor to have heavier suspicions about the people closest to her--how terrifying to consider that you might have witnessed a crime done by a loved one without even knowing--but it never really manifested that way. Overall I enjoyed the read and would definitely pick up another book by Camilla Sten. Thank you Netgalley and Minotaur Books for this ARC!
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I struggled to finish this as I really enjoyed the Lost Village.  I was intrigued by the concept of prosopagnosia and was hoping I would like the plot and characters more. The mystery was not that easy to figure out.
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I never expected to read a mystery/thriller and come out sad on the other end.

If you like a closed in thriller, this book (sans the prologue/epilogue) all takes place in the same country house in the middle of nowhere. In winter. During a blizzard. It definitely ramped up the creep factor and the sense of foreboding. I think the atmosphere was done very well.

Character wise, I didn't really like any of them. Eleanor was kind of a bitch who I had a hard time feeling sorry for, and Sam was an absolute wet blanket of a character. That being said, just because I didn't like them, didn't mean they weren't done well. Because they were. They very much were exactly who they needed to be for the story to work.

As for the mystery, it was okay. There wasn't really anything that absolutely shocked or surprised me. The end reveal wasn't one I had expected but once it hit the page I was like, "okay, that makes sense". Nothing like a "HOLY FUCK WTF JUST HAPPENED!" which is what I'm always looking for in a mystery/Thriller.

All of that being said. I did enjoy the book. I had a good time being creeped out with the suspense and trying to put all of the pieces together. The ending was just okay. I didn't love it and I wish some things could have been different. I would pick up more from this author in the future.
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I had to force myself to finish this book. I enjoy thriller/suspense and this falls into the category of cozy mystery, so if you're like me, there's a good chance the book isn't for you. I liked the fact it was only semi/sort of unpredictable, but it was easy to figure out bits and pieces at the end. I received this for an honest review.
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This book is broken in 2 parts and is told in 1st person from alternating POVs of Eleanor currently & Anushka in the 60’s.  Alright let’s start with the things I did like. This book has a very unique plot and I had no idea where the book was going at first. I saw some of the twists coming but definitely not all. Now for what I didn’t like… the shit ton of characters that had names starting with V. It was so confusing. Actually all of the characters names kind of blended and I had to keep track. Also there was nothing that stuck out in this book that will be memorable or stick with me. Overall it was a good read, just nothing to rave about. I definitely enjoyed Sten’s first book more and look forward to her next book!
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Thank you to Netgalley and Minotaur books for this ARC!

Overall, I am giving The Resting Place a very strong 4 star! The Resting Place follows the story of Eleanor, a girl with prosopagnosia, or face blindness. When going to visit her grandmother for their standing dinner date, she discovers that she has walked in on her murder. Now, months later, she goes to her grandmother's summer house, a place she never knew existed, and it leads her to finding out secrets about her family. This is the second thriller I have read that is about prosopagnosia (the first being Rock Paper Scissors, which I liked but did not love) and I found myself being very enticed by the premise. I really liked the bounce back between the present and past chapters, and although I have read many thrillers I was pleasantly surprised by the twist. The only things I didn't enjoy was how slow the book was at times, the lack of complexity with many of the characters, and I wasn't a huge fan of the "villain" moment. Overall though, would recommend!
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Eleanor has prosopagnosia or face blindness which prevents her from recognizing the person who killed her grandmother. Undergoing therapy for the trauma of her grandmother she learns that she learns that she inherited her grandmother’s manor house located in Swedish woods.  She with her boyfriend, Sebastian, her aunt and the estate’s lawyer gather at the Mano where strange incidents occur immediately.  The groundskeeper who was suppose to meet them is missing.  Why?  At night unexplained accidents happen.  It becomes clear at what s happening is due to her grandmother’s past.  Suspense builds as a body is found.  The estate lawyer is assaulted, then a winter storm traps them there.

The novel is a mystery that starts out slowly then accelerates.  As Eleanor explores the manor, she finds a diary Wittenberg by her grandmother’s servant.  The servant  talks about her employer’s cruelty.  As the layers of  history are peeled wa, Eleanor understand why her Grandmother did not share this with her.  It is a thriller that doesn’t let go of you as you learn the secrets.  It held me in its grip.  There is a darkness in this story that I would call horror.    I can’t stop thinking about this book!
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I loved The Lost Village and was SOOO excited to receive The Resting Place!

Having just read about prosopagnosia in Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney, I was surprised that this was the premise of Sten's new book as well.  It's not my favorite Thriller sub-genre, but it is certainly an interesting concept. 

I love the creepiness throughout the story.  That was probably my favorite part.  I was less than thrilled with the actual characters - they were annoying to me. And the ending (no spoilers) I just didn't like, at all.  It felt very weak.  

Overall, it was an ok read and I think for most Thriller readers this will probably average out to a 4 out of 5 stars.  My personal favorite is still The Lost Village but I will definitely be looking forward to Sten's next book!
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The Resting Place is anything but resting! This novel is creepy and tense and full of twists. The author truly creates an atmosphere that the reader can visualize. The narrator is unreliable, even to herself, as she doubts what is going on around her. The story is told in her voice as well as alternating with the diary of a young woman from the mid-Sixties. There are plenty of surprises and I thought the ending was very well done. This is the second novel I have read from this author and I look forward to the next!
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Eleanor lives with a cognitive disorder called prosopagnosia also referred to as face blindness. She has acquired skills to cope with day to day life. Eleanor also must deal with Vivienne the overbearing grandmother who raised her after Eleanor lost her mother.
In order to avoid having Vivienne take over her adult life Eleanor has agreed to a limited number of phone calls and meeting every Sunday for dinner. One fateful Sunday as Eleanor is about to enter her grandmother’s apartment an individual runs out that Eleanor can’t recognize. She soon discovers Vivienne has been murdered. Unable to help the authorities with their inquiries Eleanor begins to deal with her grief.
A lawyer contacts Eleanor informing her the grandmother has left an estate in the Swedish countryside and they must conduct an inventory. Eleanor and her devoted boyfriend Sebastian head to the estate. Veronika, Eleanor’s aunt joins them. The house holds many secrets that are soon to be revealed. 
I liked THE RESTING PLACE. The story was suspenseful and the chain of events leading up to the end was believable. I would gladly recommend THE RESTING PLACE to readers who enjoy a good thriller. 
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced digital edition of this book.
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Thank you to NetGalley for providing this ARC.

I loved The Lost Village, so I was really excited to read this. Unfortunately, it ended up being somewhat disappointing. I didn't really connect with Eleanor (or any other character for that matter). There were large sections of the book that felt like the story was just kind of dragging along without much happening. 

On a positive note, the setting is interesting and the book was well-written for the most part. There were a few surprising moments. However, if you are going to start your synopsis of the book with an explanation of what prosopagnosia is, then the condition should probably be more prevalent throughout the book.
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This is one of my favorite books so far this year. It was a wonderfully written gothic thriller with just the right amount of suspense. The story focuses on Eleanor who is in modern day, and Anuska who is from the past. Both women are tide to this country estate in ways that Eleanor has to find out before it's too late. Eleanor knew nothing about this house until after the death of her grandmother. She loved her grandmother in her own way, but her grandmother could be cold and distant with her more often than not. Before her death, Eleanor's grandmother mentioned that there were voices in the walls. Eleanor, her boyfriend, her aunt and a lawyer end up going to this house that has been shut up for decades in order to check everything out before it goes to sale. What they did not expect was all of their lives would be changed forever. 
When I mentioned that it was one of my favorite books this year, I mean it. I even left my work shift early (with permission!) one day just so I could come home and finish the final half of this book in one sitting. This will definitely be going on my favorite books shelf.
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This my first book by this author and I will definitely be picking up more of her work. The Resting Place is an engaging murder mystery that leans more towards thriller rather than horror. The chapters are very short and many end in cliff hangers so it’s easy to fly through. I found the reveals to be surprising but a bit confusing and I found myself having to reread certain parts to fully understand what was going on. This is also the first book I’ve read featuring prosopagnosia and although I didn’t find it completely necessary to the story, I thought it was an interesting touch.
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Thank you NetGalley for a free copy of The Resting Place for my honest review. 

Camilla Stern is quickly becoming one of my favorite thriller authors. "The Resting Place" is psychological suspense at its best!

The story is told from the perspectives of Eleanor (current day) and the diary of Anushka (in the past). Both characters describe their experiences from the house, known as Solhöga, where bad things tend to happen.

This family is SO twisted! Some parts are creepy from a mental health standpoint, and some parts are sad. You won’t believe what is going on here.

I absolutely devoured this book in one day and now will impatiently wait for the Ms. Stern's next work.
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This one was a good locked door mystery that had a lot.of good aspects. Readers follow the main character back to a family home after years of.not being there. Almost right away, weird things happen and things that are happening are not easily explained. The author did a great job of painting multiple characters in a strange way, which made it difficult to solve the mystery before it was revealed. 

Where this one fell a little flat for me was that for whatever reason, I had a difficult time getting into the book in the beginning. I also recently read two other "locked door mysteries," so that may have taken away from it for me. 

Overall, the story made sense and I didn't guess the culprit, which is what you want with these.
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I didn’t care for this story.  The condition of the main character was just too convenient and the pacing was too slow.   Ended up giving up on it halfway through.  Disappointed since I liked the Lost Village, but would definitely read another book by this author in the future.
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Thank you so much for The Resting Place e-book.  I ended up purchasing the physical book as well.  I started this one and could not get into and picked it back up a few times.  This will remain in my stack to finish as the premise is intriguing. -Mood Reader
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Eerie, gothic, atmospheric thriller.  This book was an engrossing page turner! Camilla Stein doesn't disappoint in this well written, engaging read.  I was invested from start to finish.
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Thank you NetGalley and Minotaur books for this ARC!!

I love love love Camilla Sten. She has nailed the eerie and atmospheric novel. I love her remote and isolated settings (same in The Lost Village) where you know the characters have to fend for themselves against an unseen enemy. 

I also love the gothic elements of the old estate Eleanor inherits through the murder of her cold and menacing grandmother.

I would have liked a little more bump in the night type of situations, even though there was plenty of that, perhaps because I loved it so much, I wanted more!
This is a must read if you love thriller, horror, and gothic novels.
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