Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

This is the first horror novel I’ve read apart from some Stephen King quite a long time ago. I’m not totally sure what to make of it. It wasn’t scary but there was a kind of stifling tone throughout.

It’s all set in some suburbs in Sweden and we have plenty of POV’s. The main character is Oskar who is a 12(?) year old boy, bullied at school, who’s life changes fairly dramatically once a girl around his own age moves in next door.

To be honest I’m not a huge fan of most of the characters, most of them are not nice human beings, one in particular. Oskar and Eli were fairly good, and I did like Lacke but for the most part this is a fairly depressing and disgusting look at some sides of human life.

I have to say though that there was something about the story, it kept me engaged and made me want to keep going. I would have liked some more backstory on Eli, and the end was a little anti-climatic but overall it wasn’t too bad. I doubt I’ll read it again but I might watch the movie they made of it at some stage.

3 stars out of 5

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