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The resting place
2022
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Here's more from the author of the nerve-scraping debut The Lost Village, a LibraryReads pick that sold to 17 countries. Eleanor walks in on her grandmother's murder but won't be able to identify who did it; she suffers from prosopagnosia, the inability to recognize faces. Obviously, she's worried about what she doesn't know --the assailant could be sitting right next to her--and her fears intensify when she inherits a house from her grandmother. It's chilly, remote, and the place her grandfather died unexpectedly. With a 150,000-copy first printing.
Publishers Weekly Review
Eleanor, the heroine of this engrossing, character-rich psychological thriller from Swedish author Sten (The Lost Village), has prosopagnosia, or face blindness, which prevents her from recognizing the person she witnesses murder her grandmother, Vivianne. Months later, still undergoing therapy for trauma caused by the experience, Eleanor learns she has inherited Solhöga, her grandmother's manor house located in isolated Swedish woodlands, and she--along with her long-standing boyfriend, Sebastian; a hostile aunt, Veronika; and the estate's lawyer, Rickard--gather at Solhöga to sort out the details. Almost immediately, increasingly ominous incidents begin to occur: the groundskeeper who was supposed to meet them is missing, Eleanor sees a mysterious figure lurking on the grounds after dark, and unexplained accidents take place. It soon becomes clear that what's going on is tied to Vivianne's hidden past. Suspense builds steadily as a body is discovered, Rickard is seriously assaulted, and a winter storm traps the party with no hope of getting away. The powerful conclusion is satisfying for both Eleanor and the reader. Sten is on a roll. Agent: Anna Frankl, Nordin Agency (Sweden). (Mar.)
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