Let the Right One in

Let the Right One in

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) John Ajvide Lindqvist

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  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
  • Format: Paperback | 528 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 38mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 22 January 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1847248489
  • ISBN 13: 9781847248480
  • Sales rank: 3,827

Product description

Oskar and Eli. In very different ways, they were both victims. Which is why, against the odds, they became friends. And how they came to depend on one another, for life itself. Oskar is a 12-year-old boy living with his mother on a dreary housing estate at the city's edge. He dreams about his absentee father, gets bullied at school, and wets himself when he's frightened. Eli is the young girl who moves in next door. She doesn't go to school and never leaves the flat by day. She is a 200-year-old vampire, forever frozen in childhood, and condemned to live on a diet of fresh blood. John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel is a unique and brilliant fusion of social novel and vampire legend, a deeply moving fable about rejection, friendship and loyalty.

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Author information

John Lindqvist is a Swedish author, born 1968, grew up in Blackeberg, a suburb to Stockholm. He wanted to become something awful and fantastic. First he became a conjurer and came in second in the Nordic card trick championship, then he was a stand-up comedian for twelve years. John Ajvide Lindqvist has written great parts of the TV series Reuter & Skoog as well as stage plays and TV drama. Let the Right One In is his first novel.

Customer reviews

By Lisette Muratore 17 Sep 2011 5

Made my skin crawl! I had seen the movie (the Swedish version, of course!) and I had loved the tension and sweetness, but the horrific things that happen in the book are only ever hinted at in the film. The characters were amazingly drawn, and if you're a fan of a horror film then this book will not disappoint.

By CDfan 16 Jan 2010 5

This book is about love, friendship, life, sould, etc... John Ajvide Lindqvist wrote something extraordinary. It was a long time since I had a book what I couldn't put down, or couldn't finish reading it for a moment. This book definately was a can't put it down one!
If you don't want to read any vampire books, read this one and you'll see...

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'A whiff of the new Stephen King. Don't miss it' The Times. 'A terrifying supernatural story yet also a moving account of friendship and salvation' Guardian. 'Some truly scary bits ... will haunt your dreams. Best read by sunlight' Independent on Sunday. 'Lindqvist has reinvented the vampire novel and made it all the more chilling by setting it in the kind of sink estate we all know from the media. Immensely readable and highly disturbing' Daily Express.