The Resting Place takes place in remote Swedish vacation home in the middle of winter. The atmosphere is Rock, Paper, Scissors vibes… oh and the main character also has prosopagnosia. The plot is totally different but the pieces you need to make the story work are similar. Eleanor has just inherited her grandmother’s manor home following her shocking murder. She is at the home with her boyfriend, her aunt and her grandmother’s lawyer to inventory the inheritance. Quite quickly, unusual things begin happening in the house and we are left wondering if there is a supernatural element or a very real human threat on the loose.
Eleanor must figure out just what has been haunting her family before it comes after them all. As the weather worsens, Eleanor explores the house and its history through the stories of her aunt and a diary left behind by a housemaid. Something is not quite right with her family but she can’t quite determine what it might be. As characters turn up injured and dead, the intensity and pace pick up. Like with The Lost Village, Sten captures that dull ache of anxiety in the pit of your stomach perfectly.
The truth of what is happening is plausible but unusual and I certainly enjoyed uncovering the mystery with Eleanor. The WTF moment is a great moment of revenge.
Thanks to Minotaur Books for a gifted copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.
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