The Lost Village by Camilla Sten
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
What starts out feeling like a campy mockumentary quickly turns into a horrifying nightmare that will haunt you long after you finish this book. The story development is an insane tease, the back and forth of narratives and timelines creates an intense but delightful suspense. I could read hundreds of books like this and still want to read more. The combination of mysterious disappearances, crazy religion, murder, and abandoned buildings is my favorite bookish recipe.
While the characters were a bit melodramatic for my taste, it played well into the “mockumentary” vibe and was believable considering their age. As well as with many stories I read, I wanted so much more backstory, there was enough to keep me interested and entertained, but I still was left with questions.
Everything about this story was meticulous and well-crafted and deserves high praise.
Minotaur Books and NetGalley gifted me an advanced copy of this book. The opinions are my own.
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