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Let the Right One In

By John Ajvide Lindqvist and Ebba Segerberg
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Publisher Description

John Ajvide Lindqvist’s international bestseller Let the Right One In is “a brilliant take on the vampire myth, and a roaring good story” (New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong), the basis for the multi-film festival award-winning Swedish film, the U.S. adaptation Let Me In directed by Matt Reeves (The Batman), and the Showtime TV series.

It is autumn 1981 when inconceivable horror comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenager is found, emptied of blood, the murder rumored to be part of a ritual killing. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last—revenge for the bullying he endures at school, day after day.

But the murder is not the most important thing on his mind. A new girl has moved in next door—a girl who has never seen a Rubik’s Cube before, but who can solve it at once. There is something wrong with her, though, something odd. And she only comes out at night. . .

350 Reviews

“Too ya for me, some of the more disturbing books seemed to serve no real purpose. Others were used well. Some of the plot lines just ended and were never picked up again. Some parts were really good. I liked the setting in the early eighties Stockholm. As a vampire story is was just ok. The vampire lore in here could have been explored a little more. And morrisey isn’t the greatest guy to have a lot of your work based upon, he’s too much of a garbage person.”
“A disturbing tale that is effectively made creepier by its child perspective. Lindqvist provides a gruesome mix of youth's innocence and an evil corruption that threatens to take hold. I loved the writing in this and thought the horror imagery was deeply effective and reflected the same eerie atmosphere I remember from the movie. I do think the narrative was bogged down slightly by one too many different character's perspectives and the ending was a little abrupt: less focus on so many characters and more closure to the story wouldn't have gone amiss. Overall though, an amazing coming-of-age drama drenched in its own morbid nature but ultimately containing love in its pages.”

About John Ajvide Lindqvist

John Ajvide Lindqvist's debut novel, Let the Right One In, was an instant bestseller in Sweden and was named Best Novel in Translation 2005 in Norway. The Swedish film adaptation, directed by Tomas Alfredsson, has won top honors at film festivals all over the globe, including Best Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival. An American remake, Let Me In, written and directed by Cloverfield director Matt Reeves, was released in October 2010 to rave reviews.

Lindqvist grew up in Blackeberg, a suburb of Stockholm and the setting for Let the Right One In. Wanting to become something awful and fantastic, he first became a conjurer, and then was a stand-up comedian for twelve years. He has also written for Swedish television. He lives in Sweden.

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