I had high hopes for this one!  Creepy cover – check!  Creepy synopsis – check check!  Good start – check!  It checked all the boxes, then I started reading and realized that it is a slow burn!  I saw that other readers had the same thoughts, but I was hoping it would pick up.   It didn’t.

Alice is intrigued by what happened to the residents of a small Swedish Village where her grandma’s family used to live.  Deciding it would make a good documentary she recruits a team and they set off to figure out the village’s secrets.   Red Flag #1 is the village is far away from any other populated area.  Red Flag #2 is there is little to no cell phone service.  It doesn’t take long before members of the group start hearing strange sounds like someone chuckling and sightings of other people.  I would have left long before people started disappearing and ending up dead.

The author does such a good job describing the atmosphere they are exploring, and it is eerie!  That’s where it ends for me.  I’m not a fan of books that take a religious turn or events that happen based on religion.  I kept reading because I wanted to know what happened to the villagers, and we do find out towards the end.  I wanted more of a ghost story which is where it seemed like it was going, but then it took a different turn.

Thank you Minotaur Books for my #copy.   Grab yours today!

Book Rating: 3/5

Wine Pairing:  Château de Santenay 2016 Les Puillets Premier Cru (Mercurey) Pinot Noir


Goodreads Synopsis

Documentary filmmaker Alice Lindstedt has been obsessed with the vanishing residents of the old mining town, dubbed “The Lost Village,” since she was a little girl. In 1959, her grandmother’s entire family disappeared in this mysterious tragedy, and ever since, the unanswered questions surrounding the only two people who were left—a woman stoned to death in the town center and an abandoned newborn—have plagued her. She’s gathered a small crew of friends in the remote village to make a film about what really happened.

But there will be no turning back.

Not long after they’ve set up camp, mysterious things begin to happen. Equipment is destroyed. People go missing. As doubt breeds fear and their very minds begin to crack, one thing becomes startlingly clear to Alice:

They are not alone.

They’re looking for the truth…

But what if it finds them first?