Book Review

The Lost Village

Summary

In 1959, Alice’s Lindstedt’s grandmother’s entire family disappeared and she was left lost and all alone. Years later Alice, who has been obsessed with the place her grandmother came from, has decided to make a documentary about the village and find out the secrets her grandmother has been keeping.

My Thoughts 

This buddy read was one for the books and I was shook, creeped out, and horrified. It was a very slow and extended read into the mouth of a spider’s web. I kept thinking I was crazy as I was listening and when nothing happened, I just kept on questioning myself and my thoughts. Although I really liked how slow the story creeped up on me, I was promised a mix of Blair Witch and Midsommar and that was NOT what I got. I’m a huge fan of Midsommar and its creep and culty way, but this was not that. It was good, just not that…. 

I liked the story, don’t get me wrong, but please don’t promise me something and don’t give it to me. I felt a little jipped because my expectations were so high. I don’t like feeling like I’m waiting for something to happen and it never does. It was like a bad date, I was just waiting for the butterflies and only got friend vibes. Yes, the book was creepy and it did have some terrifying parts to it, but I felt like there was so much build up and it only amounted to a little bit.

The story was told through alternating timelines and through different perspectives and although I liked that element for the story, I felt like it wasn’t as executed as it should have been. It added intrigue and suspense yes, but I also tended to like one timeline more than the other. The past timeline gave me the culty and creepy element I was promised while the present timeline was sort of a let down and only climaxed in the last hour of listening. That last hour was AMAZING and crazy good, but the audiobook was around 10 hours long sooooo, was it all really worth it? 

I found the audiobook to truly do the book justice and the END VOICE WAS SO CREEPY!! If you have read the book, you know which character I’m talking about. This narrator completely gave that voice all she had and it was beautifully terrifying in every way, shape, and form. I enjoyed the end immensely, and there were bits and pieces in the middle and end that I also enjoyed, but…. There were a lot of parts I didn’t understand or didn’t like. 

I found the present timeline to be VERY WHINY and boring. I didn’t care about the main character’s past with Emy or her past accounts of depression. I didn’t find it relevant to the current situation or that it added to the story in any way. I also could NOT STAND how the author tried to make it scary. There was an ominous presence hovering, but it would bounce in and out and I was more annoyed than creeped out that it was there. Just SOOOO NOT WHAT I WANTED! 

Overall, this book was an interesting story that I liked, but it wasn’t the scary story that I was hoping for. 

My Book Rating

3/5 Suspense  

3/5 Heebie Jeebies 

4/5 Plot

3/5 Characters

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Book Details

The Lost Village by Camilla Sten 

Genre: Horror 

Published on March 23, 2021 by Macmillan Audio  

Copy Read: Audiobook (Audible) 

Minutes Listened: 9 Hours and 42 Minutes  

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