Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

I became interested in reading Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Linqvist, translated into English by Ebba Segerberg, (2008 in English) after hearing about the film by the same title. I still haven't seen the film, though I plan to at some point.

The book, at least, isn't at all what I was expecting. Instead of a young love vampire story, this is very much a dark story of blood-draining vampirism and, frankly, the cruel way children treat other children who are perceived as somehow different. Closer to Bram Stoker than, say, Stephanie Meyer.

The synopsis from Barnes & Noble.com:

It is autumn 1981 when the inconceivable comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenage boy 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. . . .

And there's a pretty big surprise about Eli, the vampire/new girl, that I'm anxious to know whether the movie version includes.

My overall personal rating of Let the Right One In is a B+.


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