Let the Right One in

Let the Right One in

eBook - 2008
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Twelve-year-old Oskar is obsessed by the murder that's taken place in his neighborhood. Then he meets the new girl from next door. She's a bit weird, though. And she only comes out at night--Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books, 2008
Edition: First St. Martin's Griffin edition
ISBN: 9781429924467
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Segerberg, Ebba
Alternative Title: Let me in

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Translated from Swedish, this horror book is about a 12 year old boy who is obsessed with a murder that happened in the neighborhood. He becomes friends with the girl next door who seems off. She only comes out at night.

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KHCPL_Wagner Oct 15, 2019

This horror novel features vampires.

Jul 20, 2019

This would not be everyone's cup of tea (an understatement), but I liked it a lot. A lonely, horrifically bulled boy befriends the new girl in the neighborhood - and she's good for him, even if she's perhaps not quite human. I admired how Lindqvist went down some very dark paths here and didn't hesitate to make his reader uncomfortable in figuring out where our sympathies lie. There were several side stories that were just as effective and compelling as the central one. In the end, surprisingly heartrending amidst the horror.

SCL_Justin Jul 13, 2018

Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist is pretty freakin’ great. It’s a vampire novel… no wait, don’t stop reading. It’s not emo-vampire like Twilight or “Vampires are just like regular people but sexy” like True Blood. It’s about a cursed monster and is suitably horrible.

Let Me In is about a vampire that moves into a suburb of Stockholm in 1981. The vampire appears to be a twelve year old girl and she has a guy who appears to be her father who goes out and harvests blood for her (which is tricky because the victim needs to be alive as it’s getting bled out). He’s also a pedophile who’s being manipulated by the vampire’s knowledge of his lusts. The main protagonist is a 12-year-old boy who is their neighbour. He gets bullied and wets himself and dreams of being able to kill his persecutors. There’s also an assortment of drunks who’re trying to figure out what’s going on after one of their friends disappears. They’re like the completely inept and unsuitable Van Helsing squad, in that they behave the way a bunch of losers would.

This (Swedish) book was turned into a (Swedish) movie, Let The Right One In, which is supposed to be scary and great and is how the book came to my attention. There's also an American remake of the movie (called Let Me In) which I haven't seen.

I’d hoped to be able to recommend this as an antidote to teens who say they like vampire novels because they read Stephenie Meyer or Darren Shan, but all the pedophilia and graphic disfigurement probably makes it way inappropriate. It’s too bad though because the vampire is suitably monstrous. It reminds you there’s a downside to the whole eternal life deal. Plus there’s some good ol’ redemptive violence to make you feel good at the end.

Oct 05, 2016

I read the book prior to seeing the Swedish film. The book is so much better, deeper, darker..

dresdnhope Nov 28, 2012

More disturbing than either of the movie versions, as it delves deeper into aspects of pedophilia, which is only hinted at in the films.

Incinerated_Newt Apr 02, 2012

Not a bad story - it's actually pretty intriguing, if very dark. It is, however, HUGE. There is so much going on in this book that it might take a minute or two to remember who everyone is. It also doesn't move very fast, so make sure you've settled in somewhere comfortable to read.

Maybea Feb 08, 2012

I saw the movie so was intrigued to read this book. It is very different from the film! I realize how much of the intense violence and horror was removed from the book to create the film. The result is a beautiful and subtle film which takes some of the best elements from the book and illuminates them. Though the book was amazing and gripping, I am glad a direct translation to film was not done. It would have been too garrish, too painful, to be forced into a real visual of some of the scenes. I really do recommend reading this book, especially if you have seen the film. Same story but completely different experience.

crankylibrarian Sep 30, 2011

I saw the movie recently, which perfectly captures the chilly isolation and alienation of the book. It left out a few things though; the murders are more numerous and a bit more grisly than on screen, and the characters more complex. Even the bullies who torment Oskar have more facets to them than the one dimensional villains in the film.

This makes for provocative social commentary on modern day (actual early 80s) Scandinavian life. The novel is really a story of 5 extremely dysfunctional family groups, and alcoholism plays a major role in almost all of them. (Significantly, the vampire "family" is the only one without a drunk or two).

Lacke, the well-meaning but befuddled friend of two vampire victims muses, "This is Sweden. Carry out a chair and put it on the sidewalk. Sit there in that chair and wait. If you wait long enough someone will come out and give you money". If you wanted a biting, Republican critique of the welfare state, you couldn't do better. Is Lindqvist suggesting that vampires are not the _only_ parasites draining the nation's lifeblood? Hmmm.


finally, an honest to goodness vampire... Eli is the real thing! I like the way that the evil part of her is uncontrolable for the most part, but she is still human enough to fight her instincts and even to love... the movie (American version) leaves out at least half of the story and more than that in the gruesomeness category!

Northbrook_Eric Feb 09, 2011

Much better written than Ajvide Lindqvist's second book, Handling the Undead.

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