Author: Camilla Sten
Translator: Alexandra Fleming
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Released: March 29, 2022
The Resting Place is the latest novel to come from the mind of Camilla Sten, which means we’re about to dive back into a world that is both atmospheric and terrifying – a balance that only Sten can manage.
Eleanor has what is called prosopagnosia – or face blindness. She has learned to live with this – but no coping mechanism can help her work around one simple fact. She witnessed her grandmother’s murder – saw the killer face to face. And yet she cannot tell the world who it is, for she does not know.
Following the death of her grandmother, Eleanor inherits her home. One would think this would add the stability she needs following what happened. Instead, she’s about to get thrown into an even darker world of secrets and pain.
To say that a lot is going on within The Resting Place would be an understatement. It feels like almost too much to keep up with, but then it all balances out. That is the dance readers follow in this haunting tale.
I’ve read a few books by Camilla Sten by this point, so I think it’s safe to say this: Sten is a master when it comes to developing atmospheric tales. Her descriptions are like no others, creating something that is both haunting and eerie. Even when nothing of note was happening on the page, I felt like I was sitting on the edge of my seat.
The Resting Place is split into two points in time. There’s the present day and the events set in the 1960s. Naturally, this means that two different perspectives accompany those times. Eleanor is the present, while Agnuska is the past. The latter surprised me, as I expected the story to come from Eleanor’s grandmother instead of the maid. Yet it all made sense soon enough.
I enjoyed the pacing and overall vibe of The Resting Place. Though admittedly, I didn’t find it to be quite as strong as The Lost Village.