The Resting Place is a heart-thumping, unforgettable, horror and suspense filled thriller novel by Camilla Sten.
The Resting Place Summary
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.
The Resting Place Author – Camilla Sten
Camilla Sten the Author of The Resting Place is a writer. She is best known for her internationally bestselling novel “The Lost Village”, which has sold to 19 countries, and has written books ranging from YA fantasy to contemporary thrillers.
Camilla lives in Sweden with her American boyfriend and two fluffy, evil cats
The Resting Place Book Information
- ASIN : B092T9VWVS
- Publisher : Minotaur Books (March 29, 2022)
- Publication date : March 29, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 2344 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 322 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1250249279
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #85,381 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #546 in Horror Suspense
- #3,131 in Horror (Kindle Store)
- #4,595 in Horror Literature & Fiction
- Customer Reviews: 4.1 out of 5 stars 364 ratings
The Resting Place Reviews
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“Come for the mounting horror and scares, but stay for a devastating examination of the nature of family secrets.” – New York Times book review
“THE LOST VILLAGE draws you in with its spooky premise–the disappearance of an entire town–but great atmospherics and unexpected twists keep you turning the pages. For fans of haunted reality TV shows, Scandinavian thrillers, and all things relentlessly creepy.” — Alma Katsu, author of The Deep and The Hunger
“Very atmospheric and engaging mystery from a new and exciting voice in Scandinavian crime. The reader is drawn into a unique setting from page one and it is impossible to stop reading.” – Ragnar Jonasson, author of The Island
“An enthralling and claustrophobic read. Camilla Sten has written a lurid thriller that will send shivers down your spine.” – M.T. Edvardsson, author of A Nearly Normal Family
“This gripping psychological thriller is sure to please fans of Shirley Jackson and cinema verité–styled horror.” – Publishers Weekly
“Very hard to put down…delivers maximum dread with remarkable restraint, and as the situation goes from bad to worse to terrifying, readers will revel in the chills.” – Booklist
“Deliciously creepy and profoundly addictive.” – The Free Lance Star
“Legitimately scary.” – Air Mail
“The suspense in this book is off the charts.” – Manhattan Book Review
“[A] scary, highly entertaining debut…that pays homage to Shirley Jackson.” – South Florida Sun Sentinel
“Sten’s character-driven, psychologically immersive puzzle will keep readers guessing until the end.” – First Clue
“Deep-laid and tightly wound.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Engrossing, character-rich, powerful. Sten is on a roll.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Sten relentlessly builds the tension and suspense…adding a deep layer of intensely sinister fear and mortal danger with every turn of the page. A great choice for fans of terrifying psychological suspense driven by family secrets, as seen in titles by Sarah Pinborough and Jennifer McMahon.” – Booklist
“Creepy and disturbing…an unforgettable atmospheric and suspenseful experience.” – The BiblioSanctum
“Atmospheric and chilling, The Resting Place is a masterful and unexpected bit of literary legerdemain.” – New York Journal of Books
“Atmospheric and serpentine…with vigor, passion and originality, The Resting Place represents the heights to which crime fiction can rise.” – Fredericksburg Free Lance Star
Reviews from Amazon Verified Buyers
4.0 out of 5 stars Convoluted Plot
Reviewed in the United States on April 17, 2022
I enjoyed this second novel by Camilla Sten, but have to admit to having a difficult time following the plot line and keeping up with who the characters are. It is like a Russian novel, where everyone has about six different names, nicknames, etc.
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Mystery
Reviewed in the United States on May 7, 2022
This was a pretty good story. What I liked: well-developed characters, interesting location, plot deliciously twisted. What I didn’t like: story was a bit long, repetitive dialogue, ending fell flat. SPOILER: I was surprised that there wasn’t more discussion at the end about the switch of characters and ensuing deceptive lifestyle.
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling from the beginning
Reviewed in the United States on May 24, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly creepy!
Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2022
The Resting Place is completely creepy, haunting and sinister from beginning to end. And I loved it!
Eleanor’s past comes with a very high price. Her mother died of breast cancer when she was young, and her Aunt Vivianne took over her care. Vivianne was a very aloof and judgmental person to begin with, but add a young child to the mix and needless to say she had very little patience. But to Eleanor, she was the only person she could rely on and trust since she did not have very many relatives. Until Vivianne was murdered, and Eleanor unknowingly walked in on the crime.
So, you would think Eleanor would be able to tell the police who committed the crime, or at least give a description of the killer. But Eleanor has something called prosopagnosia which makes a person unable to distinguish or recognize features on a person. Someone who has prosopagnosia must rely on voice recognition and other qualities to know who they are with. Because of this illness she is paranoid and has intense anxiety which she has been treated for consistently over the years. So even though Eleanor saw the killer, she did not hear their voice therefore cannot recognize them.
When a lawyer calls her to let her know that he is settling Vivianne’s property and that includes an estate up in the mountains which Eleanor never knew existed she is stunned. The lawyer, Eleanor, her boyfriend Sebastian and her Aunt Veronika travel to this massive landholding which also includes a home for a caretaker who has lived on the property for over fifty years. How could she never have known this? But he seems to be missing.
Eleanor then finds out her grandfather possibly killed himself on this property. Perhaps that is why Vivianne refused to acknowledge the home, although her Aunt Veronika seems to be well aware of the house, even having spent time there as a child. Why has this never been mentioned?
The house seems frightening and nightmarish with nooks and crannies which one could get lost in, or even hurt. Eleanor believes this house holds past secrets, but what could they be? Out for a stroll she thinks she sees someone watching her. Could this be the elusive caretaker? Then she finds a diary hidden under the floorboards which was written by a maid at the time which details the daily life and struggles of her aunt and grandfather. She begins to question everything she has been told of the life of her family.
Then in the middle of a blizzard, the lawyer goes missing and she realizes something is very wrong and they must leave immediately. But they cannot escape the weather or the house. She may regret ever coming here because the house holds a disturbing past which Eleanor will never be able to understand or get over.
The Resting Place is a book you will not be able to put down. It reads like a ghost story, only some of those ghosts still feel like they are alive. And perhaps will always be.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful thriller!
Reviewed in the United States on March 29, 2022
Here’s the sharp aspect of Camilla Sten’s books: atmosphere. She sets the stage of her story in a location we mystery readers would love to find and investigate. “The Lost Village” was something any curious thrill-seeker would have loved to snoop around in, and her new book, “The Resting Place”, takes us to the Swedish woods. A beautiful old manor has been meticulously kept for years, vacant, silent, dark, and lonely except for the one groundskeeper, Max, who has been here all along.
Our protagonist, Eleanor, witnesses her dear grandmother’s murder, but can’t describe the murderer due to her condition of face blindness. Still reeling from the shock and fearing for her own safety, she is informed that her grandmother has willed an estate to her, an estate Eleanor had no idea even existed.
So here’s where the climate and mood of the book are created: Eleanor and her boyfriend, along with the estate attorney, arrive at the desolate manor just as an angry snowstorm is blowing in. They meet Eleanor’s aunt, who decided to invite herself along, in the driveway. Max, the groundskeeper, has prepared the property for their arrival but is nowhere to be found.
As the evening sets in, the storm is blindingly fierce, and things begin to go bump in the night. Moving at a fast pace, the reluctant tenants try to figure out what’s going to happen; locating hidden diaries, being blindly attacked, hearing voices, and raiding the wine cellar all come together for one heck of a thriller weekend!