The Resting Place
by Camilla Sten
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Pub Date 29 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 13 Sep 2022
St. Martin's Press, Minotaur Books
One of Goodreads Most Popular Horror of 2022
"Engrossing, character-rich, powerful. Sten is on a roll."—Publishers Weekly(starred review)
Crimson Peak meets The Sanatorium in The Resting Place, a heart-thumping, unforgettable novel of horror and suspense by international sensation Camilla Sten.
Deep rooted secrets.
A twisted family history.
And a house that will never let go.
Eleanor lives with prosopagnosia, the inability to recognize a familiar person's face. It causes stress. Acute anxiety.
It can make you question what you think you know.
When Eleanor walked in on the scene of her capriciously cruel grandmother, Vivianne’s, murder, she came face to face with the killer—a maddening expression that means nothing to someone like her. With each passing day, the horror of having come so close to a murderer—and not knowing if they’d be back—overtakes both her dreams and her waking moments, thwarting her perception of reality.
Then a lawyer calls. Vivianne has left her a house—a looming estate tucked away in the Swedish woods. The place her grandfather died, suddenly. A place that has housed a chilling past for over fifty years.
Eleanor. Her steadfast boyfriend, Sebastian. Her reckless aunt, Veronika. The lawyer. All will go to this house of secrets, looking for answers. But as they get closer to uncovering the truth, they’ll wish they had never come to disturb what rests there.
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Wow! I finished this one in a single night. I couldn’t put it down! Camilla Sten is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. She had such a talent for building tension and anticipation. Her parallel narratives keep me almost equally interested, which is quite rare, and I’m never sure if I’m reading horror or suspense. I can’t wait to share this one with my patrons.
Camilla Sten has quickly climbed to the top of my favorite authors list! The Resting Place is every bit as addictive, chilling, and haunting as The Lost Village, while delving even further into the complex theme of family secrets. Both timelines were equally intriguing and masterfully composed, taking the reader on a psychological ride all the way to the staggering conclusion. Camilla Sten has a strong writing voice that makes you eager to experience her next book. Don't miss this one!
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Eerie. Atmospheric. Suspenseful. Spine-Chilling. An uneasy sense of feeling like you’re being watched as you’re reading. Ah yes, must be a Camilla Sten novel! Camilla Sten has a knack for writing stories that literally raise the hairs on the back of my neck, and that is no easy feat because I don’t scare easily.
I fell in love with Camilla Sten’s writing after reading her downright chilling novel, The Lost Village. That book was easily one of the creepiest books i’ve ever read, and definitely one of my favorite books of 2020. I’ve been eagerly anticipating another release from her since finishing The Lost Village, so I was absolutely thrilled when I received a widget for The Resting Place. I dove into it immediately, and finished it in nearly one sitting. This book did not disappoint.
In what I am coming to recognize as typical Camilla Sten fashion, this book creeped me the hell out. There were so many points through this story that literally gave me the chills, and just as with The Lost Village, I had that eerie sense of being watched as I was reading.
The Resting Place, just as with The Lost Village, takes place in another isolated, remote setting where it seems like there appears to be no one around, yet you also get the sense alongside the characters, that you are being watched, and that there’s someone peeking at you from around a corner, unseen. To add to the creep factor? The main character suffers from prosopagnosia, aka face blindness, which prevents her from recognizing any familiar faces.
The story starts off with the main character, Eleanor, going to visit her cold, shrewd grandmother, and not only does she find her murdered, but she also unknowingly comes face to face with her killer.
Soon after, Eleanor is notified that she has inherited a sprawling estate from her grandmother, and this is what leads her to the remote, desolate location.
This is a fast paced psychological thriller that has a lingering feeling of unease and dread as you delve deeper into the story. The feeling of danger and being watched is always present, leaving you feeling uneasy and chilled throughout the entire story. The story is told in short chapters, and alternating points of view that weave between the past and the present, and because of the short chapters, it’s an easy, fast paced read that never has a lull or dull moment.
Eerie, atmospheric, and just downright chilling, this is a book that you won’t want to put down until the flip of the last page because it’s a story that keeps you thrilled and entertained from start until finish.
Camilla has a knack for writing stories that send chills down your spine and raise the hairs on the back of your neck, so if you’re the kind of reader that enjoys reading horror/thriller novels that actually scare you, then this book is an excellent choice for you.
I don’t want to write much else, because i honestly feel that this book is best to go into blindly, if only for the best reading experience possible.
Rarely these days do authors deliver on the whole 'creepy house in the remote woods', but Camilla Sten brings the house and characters to life. There is mystery and intrigue in every page, and just when you think you've solved it, there's another twist!
A beautifully written, spine chilling thriller. I didn’t want to put it down. This book was full of surprises. Absolutely fantastic read!
Camilla Sten, does it again! I absolutely loved loved loved The Lost Village. To me, it was one of those books that when I concluded I was so upset, I wanted to erase my memory and go back to read it again. Yes ! It was that good!!!!! The Resting Place, gave me the exact same feeling!!!! Absolutely incredible. Camilla Sten, is just one of those author's that truly knows how to tell a story!
There are two story lines going on within this book . The first centers around Eleanor who has inherited a mansion after her grandmother is brutally murdered. The second is about Anushka, who had lived in the same mansion decades ago. I honestly can not tell you if I liked one plot more than the other because I truly adored both in different ways. Both story lines will give you that nail biting, edge of your seat, creepy feeling.
The twist at the end was not one you could anticipate.
I would absolutely, without a doubt, recommend this book to friends and family! FIVE STARS!
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