Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
“A quality vampire novel- which is often hard to find. There are definite horror scenes here, but the characters are well developed and complex, friendship is also an important theme, and the bleakness of Swedish suburbia is examined in detail. This book has been made into a movie which was recently in theaters- the movie version is called Let the Right One In.”
Review from Booklist:” Swedish TV and stage writer Lindqvist’s first novel is set in a commonplace suburb of Stockholm, where 12-year-old Oskar lives with his mother, is bullied at school, shoplifts, and keeps a scrapbook of notes and clippings about gruesome murders. Eli, apparently about his age, moves in next door but doesn’t go to school, leaving the flat only at night. Shortly after, the killings start. At first more fascinated than sorry, since one victim had bullied him, Oskar eventually discovers that Eli is a vampire, stuck permanently in childhood. What should Oskar do, especially when Eli is his friend as much as anyone is? Lindqvist develops the plot in rich detail. The characters, adult and child, are quite convincingly the sort that one would probably cross the street to avoid in any city. Lindqvist also realistically depicts the aftermath of brutal homicide on the nearby”.
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