Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Length: 320 pages
Audiobook Length: 10 hours and 30 minutes
First Published: 2022
I received a complimentary copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Born with face blindness, Eleanor witnesses her grandmother’s murder but can’t identify the killer. Terrified the murderer will come for her, Eleanor begins to have severe anxiety and nightmares. When she unexpectedly inherits her grandmother’s vast estate in the Swedish woods, Eleanor also inherits the dark secrets that come with it.
Camilla Sten’s Swedish thriller has the perfect spooky setting at an abandoned estate in the woods. Eleanor’s face blindness and the tensions between the characters give the whole novel a suspenseful vibe. Yet, the lackluster character development left me wanting more depth. That said, you will appreciate Sten’s twist, as the backstory of Eleanor’s grandmother collides with the present-day events.
The medical term is prosopagnosia. The average person calls it face blindness―the inability to recognize a familiar person’s face.
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 anxiety of having come so close to a killer–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.
A heart-thumping, relentless thriller that will shake you to your core, The Resting Place is an unforgettable novel of horror and suspense.
About Camilla Sten
Camilla Sten is the daughter of crime-writer Viveca Sten and author of The Lost Village and The Resting Place.