Camilla Sten’s book, The Lost Village, translated by Alexandra Fleming, is set in Silvertjarn, Sweden, a remote, deserted mining village. In 1959, the entire village of Silvertjarn disappeared. The only survivor was a newborn baby. The body of a woman was found in the center of town but everyone else was gone.
Documentary filmmaker Alice Lindstedt’s grandmother was from the town but had moved away with her husband. The grandmother didn’t know what had happened to her sister or her parents. Alice decided that she wanted to make a documentary about the disappearance with the help of Tone, Max, Emmy and Robert. She doesn’t know if she will solve the mystery but it’s a good story.
Shortly after arriving in Silvartjarn, which is basically a ghost town, weird things start to happen. People are seeing things that aren’t there. Items come up missing. Of course, someone is seriously injured and there is no phone reception. They are just about to finally leave when events occur that practically trap them.
Part of the book is told from the point of view of the great-grandmother, Elsa. She doesn’t trust the new minister but everyone else absolutely adores him. How will she get others to see that the minister is leading them astray? Is he really as bad as Elsa believes?
This book was read as a prompt for the Spooktober Readathon. I was searching for a book on a disappearance and happened to stumble upon The Lost Village. Other people on Reddit were hunting for a fictional tale of the missing colony of Roanoke. There aren’t as many works of fiction as you would think. So if you need a substitute for a historical fiction mystery, The Lost Village would be a good choice.
I wish that I could tell you more but I don’t want to give away all of the secrets. There are so many well kept secrets that no one will probably guess until the book is almost finished.
If you like a scary mystery with more secrets than you could shake a broomstick at, then The Lost Village should be on your TBR list. If you are a cult leader or a fan of cult leaders, then you might not like it but maybe you should read this book anyway.