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Set in 1981, Let Me In is the horrific tale of Oskar and Eli. It begins with the grisly discovery of the body of a teenage boy, emptied of blood. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last -- revenge for all the bad things the bullies at school do to him, day after day. While Oskar is fascinated by the murder, it is not the most importantSet in 1981, Let Me In is the horrific tale of Oskar and Eli. It begins with the grisly discovery of the body of a teenage boy, emptied of blood. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last -- revenge for all the bad things the bullies at school do to him, day after day. While Oskar is fascinated by the murder, it is not the most important thing in his life. 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. They become friends. Then something more. But there is something wrong with her, something odd. And she only comes out at night. . . ....

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Let Me In Reviews

  • Paul Bryant
    2019-01-06 08:39

    I finally got my revenge on Sweden. For most of my life I’ve been bombarded with newspapers and radio telling me how Sweden is so much much very much absolutely completely better than Britain at practically everything. Here’s some random quotes from the BBC news archive :“Sweden has probably the strongest freedom of information law anywhere in the world.”“Sweden has one of the best staffed health services in the world. But as a parent, Sweden seems the perfect place to have children.”“BBC's Joe Wilson on how Sweden became a top athletics nation. What can Sweden teach GB?”“Sweden says it aims to completely wean itself off oil within 15 years, without building new nuclear plants..”“In a survey of the 26 most industrialised countries, only Sweden came out better.” (Better at what? Oh… life…love…happiness…)“Sweden and Denmark show most clearly what spelling reform can do. Sweden has gradually given itself a fairly sound spelling system.” (Yes, spelling reform is important too! Admittedly this didn’t make me as furiously jealous as the other stuff. But still – Sweden. Again.)“If you want my answer, I think we should look at how they do it in Sweden. They have high taxation and a better standard of living which means everyone feels they should contribute”Blah blah blah. And Abba too! Is there no end to their tall blond pretty perfection and their warm fuzzy wraparound social democracy? But now, one grungy vampire tale Let the Right One In let’s me know in no uncertain terms that Swedes suffer too. Behind the perky teeth and healthy children and universal dentistry and free housing for all and trams and no nuclear waste and Mamma Mia there’s urban decay, neglected glue-sniffing kids, violence, drunkenness, wasted lives and compellingly unpleasant vampires. This is chicken soup for my soul, with swedes! And not only that, but as many persons have pointed out, this is a kind of anti-Twilight, given that the only sexually attractive vampire around is a 200 year old 12 year old girl and the only attracting going on is with an adult paedophile and a miserable lonely 12 year old boy. So stick that up your sacro-iliac, Bella and Edward! I fart in your general direction! This book gets major points for being so accurate about childhood terrors of the non-imaginary kind (bullying). In fact it's really about childhood neglect and the vampire stuff can be read as an extended poetic symbol. But the vampire stuff is also gory and it rocks, so you can have your sensitive cake and you can greedily gobble it up it too.Anyway, altogether, a maxillo-facial gothtastic read - 3.5 stars.*****Update : the film rocks too. It pulls a few punches and cuts out a major zombie theme but otherwise a does a great job. Rent it!Up-update - I was referring here to the movie Let the Right One In by Thomas Alfredson, made in Sweden in 2009 and not the Hollywood remake by Matt Reeves just released, which I haven't seen.Upupupupdate : I saw the American remake and that's great too - I wouldn't lie to you, I was very surprised. So - rent that one too!Upupupupupupdate : they're still at it! Now I'm being told that although Sweden gets a million tons of snow every day because of their extreme yet kindly efficiency no one ever falls down and no bus is ever late and no road is ever closed yet a couple of days of Swedish snow in Britain and all roads are impassable and all lorries immediately jack-knife and all schools immediately close.Bite them, Eli, bite them all! Don't leave a single Swede unbitten!

  • Manny
    2019-01-15 03:43

    You know that bit at the beginning of Amadeus, where Salieri has composed this very uninspired little march, which he and the Emperor play for Mozart? Then Mozart sits down at the keyboard and says, hm, that's not quite right, is it? And he messes around with it for a couple of minutes, until he's suddenly transformed it into "Here's farewell to the games with the girls" from The Marriage of Figaro. Well, it's like that Låt den rätte komma in and Twilight. John Ajvide Lindqvist has looked at Stephenie Meyer's book and said hm, that's not quite right, is it? And he's somehow rearranged its elements into a bloody masterpiece. I wouldn't have thought it could be done.I can hear Mozart's irritating high-pitched giggle. Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

  • Jason
    2019-01-04 05:05

    Yo, lesson for you, Stephenie: this is how you write a fucking vampire novel.So you can run and tell THAT.

  • Stephen
    2018-12-31 10:06

    Soiled…soiled and a bit emotionally off-kilter.That’s the best I can do to describe how this book made me feel. It’s dark, morose and...really…really...REALLY…creepy. Not strange sounds and creaking doors creepy. Creepy like that "overly affectionate" uncle who stares at you too often and always wants a hug that lasts for an inappropriate length of time. That kind of creepy.This book oozes it. The working class Swedish suburb where the story takes place feels dingy, depressing and rundown. The people moving through the narrative are sad, detached and very weird (mostly) and the atmosphere is a kind of artsy fogginess that makes everything seem dreamlike and slightly…well….off.All of which adds up to a big, fat, musty pants load of CREEPY.   Of course, it’s horror, and Swedish horror at that, so creepy means its doing something right.Beyond the high creepy quotient, this story is hard to pin down. While the main character is a vampire, this is not really a vampire story. It's more a violent, existential character study about “outcasts” living on the fringe of society. It just so happens that one of these outcasts is a gothy, child vampire of dubious age and sexuality who moves into this economically depressed neighborhood and befriends an adolescent boy named Oskar. Here’s Eli from the movie (which I have not yet seen):good casting because that’s a pretty close approximation of how I visualized her Eli.The aforementioned Oskar, our main character, is a 12 year old whose life is a bit of a mess. He's sad, lonely and incontinent and splits his time between being mercilessly bullied by his schoolmates and indulging in a rich, twisted fantasy world where he murders his tormentors in sick, disgusting ways. Here’s a shot of Oskar “at play”Oskar’s dad is an alcoholic who lives in the country and his mother, who is mentioned often but rarely heard from in the book seems both over-protective and incredibly neglectful. His life is bordering on tragic. However, as far from normal as Oskar and Eil may seem, the "I'm So VERY Odd" Award goes to Eli’s “Renfield-like” man-servant, Hakan. Hakan’s job, which he does out of *shudder* love for Eli, is to secure the vampire’s nourishment. In his spare time, Hakan is a sick, unhinged, pedophile (now you understand the shudder) who is constantly struggling with his predelictions and the awful things he has to do to keep Eli alive.Again...*shudder* Trust me, by the end of the story, Hakan dumps a whole truckload of creepy all over the story. Oh and no spoilers but just remember...ACID....wow!!!I struggled with the rating for this book because I don't want to mislead by having my rating indicate that I thought this was “middle of road good.” Parts of it are much better than that...but parts are also worse. The book is a tad schizophrenic. There are some amazing 5 star aspects and some unappealing 1 and 2 star components, all of which coagulate into an overall rating of “I liked it” but didn't love it. On the positive side, the prose is excellent and the characters of Eli, Hakan and Oskar are very interesting. In addition, Eli is an original and superbly realistic vampire that I thought was just a wonderful take on the mythos. Had the story dealt more with those three components and with the unique form of vampirism that the novel postulates, I would have been far more happy with the book.Unfortunately (and here we get to the bad), the story gets seriously bogged down with a handful of other characters in the town whose stories were just not compelling to me. I kept losing focus on the story whenever the narrative slipped to one of these ancillaries and it really degraded my enjoyment of the story. Also, the dreariness of the whole story did begin to weigh on me. It just got a bit too much. I thought the end was well done and kept pace with the level of realism that the author was going for with the story. Overall, I just found the "non central" aspects of the story a little too dull to keep my attention. That and the "life sucks" tone that never lets up kept my overall level of appreciation a bit muted. Still, good writing and a very original, character driven vampire tale. A strong 3.0 to 3.5 stars.  Recommended. 

  • Kemper
    2019-01-15 06:51

    After watching the Swedish movie this book is based on, I thought it was an intensely creepy film and promptly got the book to check out the full story. I figured that the planned American film version would be a pale shadow of the original because there’s no way that a Hollywood movie studio is going to show that messed up tale in it’s original form to audiences in the U.S. Little did I know that even the Swedish producers didn’t have the collective nutsack to give us the full story on how goddamn twisted the book is. Set in the early ‘80s, it features a 12 year old boy named Oskar whose alcoholic father and overprotective mother are divorced. Oskar is an outcast and is badly bullied by other kids in his class, and he’s developing a pretty good case of homicidal rage because of it. In fact, he’s well on his way to becoming the kind of guy who dances around his basement while screaming at his latest victim to put the lotion on it’s skin or else it gets the hose again.Before Oskar completely turns into Buffalo Bill, he meets Eli, a deadly vampire who appears to be a 12 year old girl. Oskar and Eli strike up an unlikely friendship that’s almost a pre-adolescent romance, but things are going off the rails around them. Eli’s version of Renfield is a creepy pedophile who is jealous of their relationship and can’t be counted on to keep Eli supplied with fresh blood. When Eli’s need for food makes her sloppy, the results are victims and traces that threaten to reveal her. Juvenile delinquents, Swedish alcoholics, a strict cop, a jar of acid and a herd of cats all collide in a variety of terrible ways. This is a gloriously gruesome and disturbing horror novel that would probably cause Stephanie Meyer to have a stroke if she ever even dared to hold a copy of it in her hackish little hands. Like the best horror novels, the gore and monsters aren’t the scary parts, it’s the way that the ’normal’ people treat each other that will really haunt you.

  • Kat Kennedy
    2019-01-08 02:39

    Imagine for a moment that you were at an event, like the 1995 Rugby World cup where South Africa both hosted and won. Imagine being there in the heat of that moment - the cheer and ebulation. That light, almost unreal sense that the world has faded away and there is only that moment. Nothing else is important and you want to quietly capture the complete bliss you are experiencing and put it in a bottle somewhere. Hopefully at some future date you can take it out and rekindle those emotions and bask in that one, perfect moment again.Then imagine that you are standing outside of a train station. A train has just crashed in front of you. Pleople are screaming, and the stench of smoking meat is tickling your nose as your eyes sting and water. There's that same feeling. That feeling of, "Is this really happening?" Light. Dizzy. Disbelief. Overwhelming to the point of nausea. You can't forget that moment. It will haunt you. Every time you catch a wiff of smoke those memories will come flooding back, whether you want them to or not.Same feelings, at their most basic level, but entirely different in their mode. In the first situation you jump and holler. You'll hug those around you, even if you don't know them, and celebrate together. Knitted into temporary friendship because you're experiencing the same, awesome event. For weeks later you'll tell anybody who listens that you were there. You'll tell them about how incredible it was and try to impart on them some semblance of what you felt.Cut back to the second scenario where you'll stand quietly in solidarity with those around you. Once again, knitted together. Brothers and sisters formed from tragedy. You may hold each other and gather around silently. When other people ask you about it, you'll get that look in your eyes that tells them you've seen things.You're just as altered as the first scene, but where there was ebulation then, there is horror now.This is what happens when I read certain books. Books like Stolen fit in the first category. They touch me and move me, so I run around telling everyone that I read it. It was amazing. Share in this experience with me. I want to help you feel what I felt. Then there are books like this. Now I quietly tell you that I read it. That it touched me. Changed me. I look you in the eye and I don't want to elaborate. I quitely turn away and think a little bit more on what I've seen and read, and how it made me feel.And maybe if you've read a book like this too, you might be able to understand why there's really nothing more for me to say.

  • Tatiana
    2019-01-07 08:47

    As seen on The ReadventurerI can't even find the words to describe how much I LOVED this novel. But let me start by warning Twilight lovers that this book is not about sexy sparkly vampires and teenage love. If you are not ready to read about ugly realities of human life, do not open this book. It is not an easy book to read. The story is complex and involves many characters, whose presence sometimes is just momentary. The action moves from one character to another very quickly. But once you understand the pace and get used to foreign names, the story consumes you. I will not relay the plot here, if you want to know what exactly the book is about, there are many reviews here that describe the story well. What I am going to say is that this is simply the best vampire novel I've ever read. Yes, I am putting it higher even than legendary Bram Stoker's "Dracula." This story is so much more complex and interesting in a way that not only does it show vampires from the point of view of their victims, but it also shows the world through the eyes of the vampires. We find out how very often innocent people become those feared monsters, we go through the transformation with them, we feel their guilt and shame, we learn about their relationships with their "Guardians" (who sometimes are worse monsters than vampires themselves). But this book is not only about vampires, it explores the world of adolescent boys (the world I know nothing about). Surprisingly, I found out how important presence of a father in a boy's life. Without the guidance a love of a father, boys are lost to violence and abuse. With all the horridness described in this book, it is strangely full of love and tenderness, understanding and forgiveness. I highly recommend this book. You simply will not be able to walk away untouched by it.

  • Jayson
    2019-01-11 09:49

    (A) 86% | ExtraordinaryNotes: Tenderness with ferocity. It's lonely, desperate people living in ashen desolation. The grey makes the red stand out.

  • Melissa
    2019-01-02 07:46

    Dear Stephenie,This is how you write a "vampire" book.Sincerely, The World

  • Kristen
    2019-01-10 07:39

    Terrifying, engrossing and a book that encompasses many different topics. Not just a story about vampires; this book takes on such issues as bullying, revenge, pedophilia, prostitution, drug use, alcoholism and the sheer desperation of loneliness. Beautifully written and terribly disturbing. This book sets the bar for the genre.

  • F
    2019-01-08 02:59

    Loved it. Scary as hell and so violent. Think i shat myself along with Tommy in that basement. The first and probs only vampire book I will ever read. Loved it. And loved both films.

  • Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο Αμούν Arnum
    2019-01-19 07:50

    Παράθυρο, σ' ανοίγω: να μπει το φως, να βγει η ζωή.Σαίξπηρ, ''Ρωμαίος και Ιουλιέτα''Αυτό το βιβλίο ήταν για μένα μια αναγνωστική ρουφήχτρα που με τράβηξε στη δίνη της απο τις πρώτες σελίδες. Διαβάζεται απολαυστικά ακόμη και απο αναγνώστεςπου δεν ειναι λάτρεις της γοτθικής σκοτεινιάς και του ζοφερού σκηνικού-παρόλο που έχει σκηνές σκληρές και αιματοβαμμένες σε τέλεια περιγραφή και αποτύπωση για οργιώδη φαντασία- γιατί καταφέρνει να δημιουργήσει ενα εξαιρετικό λογοτεχνικό αποτέλεσμα ανεξαιρέτως θέματος. Η ιστορία εκτυλίσσεται στη Στοκχόλμη της δεκαετίας του "80. Μπροστα μας υπάρχει το παγωμένο σκανδιναβικό τοπίο ανάμεσα σε σκοτεινά δάση και απόμερα συγκροτήματα πολυκατοικιών. Η ουσία της ιστορίας ειναι η ερωτική φιλία που γεννιέται και δυναμώνει,ανάμεσα στον Όσκαρ ενα χαρισματικά διαταραγμένο παιδί και την Έλι μια επιεικώς τρυφερή και δυστυχισμένη ύπαρξη 200 ετών,ενα παράξενο βαμπίρ. Ύπαρχουν επίσης δυο παρέες που συνθέτουν το μακάβριο παζλ της εξέλιξης. Μια παρέα ενηλίκων αλκοολικών και μια άλλη που αποτελείται απο νεαρούς παραβατικούς εφήβους. Ξεκινούν οι αποτρόπαιες δολοφονίες που λίγο πολύ αφορούν την αρχή μιας ανατριχιαστικής και παρανοϊκής σχέσης και συνεχίζονται δραματικά ως την τελική αιματοβαμμένη κορύφωση. Πάνω στο χιόνι του ζοφερού μας τοπίου ο συγγραφέας μεταφέρει με εξαιρετική και ματωμένη γραφή πολλά μηνύματα για τη ζωή των σύγχρονων ανθρωπων,αξίες,ιδεώδη,αρετές,καταστάσεις και βαθύτερες έννοιες που απλώνονται και επιδρούν με αλλεπάληλες συνέπειες και αλλοιώσεις στις ψυχές και το μυαλό των ανθρώπων της ιστορίας μας αλλα και στην ευρύτερη κοινωνία. Εχουμε λοιπόν, βαθιά και συγκινητικά πρότυπα φιλίας,ανθρωπιάς και πίστης. Θλιβερές μοναχικές υπάρξεις φοβισμένες όχι απο το θάνατο μα απο την ίδια τη ζωή. Προβληματικά παιδιά που καταδυναστεύουν και τυραννούν κάποια άλλα γιατι το οικογενειακό τους περιβάλλον ειναι τοξικό. Αγάπη σε ολες τις εκφάνσεις και σε όλες τις ηλικίες με διαφορετικό τρόπο έκφρασης και θλιβερής απόγνωσης. Και βέβαια ακόμη και το βαμπίρ που πρωταγωνιστεί και είναι ένα κακόμοιρο πλάσμα, δαιμονικά καταδικασμένο σε μια επίγεια κόλαση, αισθάνεται και βιώνει τον κόσμο μέσα απο παιδικά μάτια και αγνές προθέσεις. Ειναι ενα δυνατό και ωμό θρίλερ. Αλλά αξίζει να διαβαστεί. (Σίγουρα θα δω την ταινία).Καλή ανάγνωση. Πολλούς ασπασμούς.

  • Shovelmonkey1
    2019-01-16 04:38

    I finished reading “Let the right one in” last night and immediately started reading a book about some nice people having a nice Catholic life in a nice part of Northern Ireland with a nice summer house and a nice family. It was all very nice. (for those of you who are wondering the nice book is The Heather Blazing by Colm Toibin - it’s on the 1001 books list.)I’ve had this nice book on my shelf for about three years and never bothered to read it till now. So, why now? I can only conclude that some inner part of me was secretly yearning for the application of a healing literary salve, to be applied against all the abrasions caused by reading Let the right one in. Plus if anything is sure fire protection against vampires then it has got to be Catholicism, right?“Let the right one in” is not a summer read. It is not light hearted or joyous or merry. There is no feel good. There is feel bad or feel dead. And then there is the undead feeling you. You will soon realise which is worse.The two principal characters, Eli and Oskar, are tweenagers (ok one wears a tweenage meat suit but has racked up enough birthdays to ensure a candle covered cake which would look more like a towering inferno), so by all rights this should be YA? YA -no way! Because vampirism generally takes a back seat to predatory adults, the torments of bullying, drug abuse, alcoholism, unemployment and clinical depression. So this is Trainspotting with Vampires? No, because Trainspotting was funny and this is most decidedly not.Oskar and Eli form the unlikely friendship generated by their outcast status, where their fringe existence will cancel out all the other issues such as eternal life and a murderous blood-lust, which might otherwise act as a barrier. With Eli’s arrival in the community, Oskar’s life and self confidence is much improved. His chances of survival against his bullies actually increases. Sadly the same cannot be said for the rest of walking blood banks and a spate of vicious bungled attacks sends shock waves through the unsuspecting community. On a side note, as alcoholism is the principal diversion within the town, it is frankly a wonder that Eli does not spend most of the book recovering from a monster hangover.All jokes aside, this book is dark and a bit grubby. It would smell of mould and damp cloth and empty buildings. It probably tastes like rust and decay. It is rotten, but in a good way. Even in the blackest moments, towards the end where violence is heaped on tragedy and tragedy is heaped upon everyone, there is a tiny pin prick of light, and it comes from Oskar because he has developed resilience and you know he might just survive after all.“Let the right one in” is a book to be read with a lit fire, a blanket and the curtains drawn against cold starry nights and the things that stand outside the window in the dark. The things you cannot see because in your brightly illuminated living room, you see only your own reflection on the inside of the glass. So don’t forget to draw those curtains and only let the right ones in.

  • Bradley
    2019-01-15 10:38

    Wow. I know this is one of those sensational books coming out of Sweden and all and there's already two movies made which I haven't seen but STILL I hadn't gotten around to reading it until now. And now? Wow.Seriously creepy. I mean, if it wasn't for the pedophile PoV creeping the freaking hell out of me for a grand swath of the beginning, I'd still have been digging the early eighties references, the crisp and delightful prose (even if translated), and the details of life around Kiss and Rubic's Cubes. Even better, it captures the life and times of the children very well. Bullying, especially. And then there's a 200-year-old 12-year-old girl who, out of loneliness, courts that pedo until she makes friends with an outcast 12-year-old-boy. Did I mention this is a vampire novel?It's easily one of the most delightful and disturbing vampire novels I've read and not just for the pedo stuff. It has a very Swedish sensibility and the willingness to go all out with the difficult subjects and do it with fantastically drawn characters that are both flawed, trying, and full of heart. Even the ones we don't like are relatable in some ways. The novel has the breath of life in it. It's not technically good. It's just plain good.I've heard others describe this as a much, much better Twilight, but other than the fact that it has children and vampires and it's very popular, that's about it for the comparison. Sure, I could nitpick, but the feel, the subject matter, the crazy divergences in character, the location, the time period... all of that is wildly different. Just saying. :)I got wrapped up in this tale and rooted for the kids like crazy, too. I can't say that about Bella and Edward. I mean, there was this one scene in Twilight I liked: the one where she gets all bent out of shape because it looks like Eddie thinks she stinks. That was about all I did like tho. But this novel? Well, I consistently got creeped out, got invested with the characters, and loved the level of detail. The story had one hell of a good ending, too. I call this one Superior. :)

  • Edward Lorn
    2018-12-25 09:56

    The character writing is phenomenal. The story is brutal and unsettling and, at times, eerie. It is not only one of the best vampire novels I've read, but one of the best horror novels I've ever come across. Deserves to be shelved with the greats. Håkan and Eli's reunion is now one of my top five most disturbing scenes in literature. It will be a long time before I get that vile shit out of my head, if I ever do.In summation: This review is short because I have nothing bad to say about Let the Right One In. It is a horror fan's horror novel. All this coming from a guy who fucking hates vampires.Final Judgment: Sucks blood not ass.

  • Christy
    2018-12-29 05:55

    Wow!!!!!One of my all time faves, hands down....Best writing and characterization I've read in a long time! (Not to mention best horror book--ever.) I am in awe of Lindqvist's ability to write, it is impossible for me to enjoy a book without great writing and the translation was so spot on it did not read like one at all.Sweden, a place I've never been, became real to me without having to put much of my imagination to work. The streets, stores, housing, woods--everything was laid out so well, as if I was there. And the characters, there were so many of them that I thought I'd be unable to remember them all. Yet, not only could I remember them, they each became very human through his excellent writing. At first I couldn't understand how all these storylines mattered but they came together perfectly, and I was able to follow everything as if I was right alongside each of them, and because they were so real to me it became hard to dislike many of them (except a few-one in particular!) despite all of their flaws. (If you are not a very empathetic person, I can see standing back and judging almost everyone in this book as a bad person--the alcoholics, the jobless, the terribly lost and lonely people, etc. To me that didn't happen one bit...except for the bullies....and the other ONE(view spoiler)[it involves pedophilia (hide spoiler)], because they are human...made so by the amazing writing....it did make me sad for them, but in no way did I find them deserving of my judgement, instead I was hoping strongly for their survival and much better days ahead.)This was a complex story made simple to read through Lindqvist's superior ability. This is exactly what a vampire book should be.....but it's also so much more. The story of Eli and Oskar of course took center stage, but the stories of everyone else in the book drew me in as well, especially Oskars mother, and Tommy and his mother. Lacke and Virginia.... The narration throughout the entire book was extremely realistic as well, not once did it feel strained; the conversations were so perfectly written, the way people actually speak; and I could always feel how the characters were feeling. I have found that very rare in books...Lindqvist possesses a magic that is released when you read his words. There were gross, stomach curdling parts...no one has made me that disgusted by some of the acts committed in years. (This is a book for true horror lovers only!) But, there was also tenderness, a caring for others, and a desire in the reader to see Eli stay "alive"----no matter what had to be done, because we've learned Eli's sad past :(It is very very late---and I promised to reward myself by watching the Swedish movie version as soon as I was finished, so I will have to return and make a better review....at this moment I don't want the story to end---and I know when the movie is over I'm going to feel lost without Eli and Oskar....I want a sequel (and a long one)!!! How do you move on to another book after this?Okay...I've watched both versions of the movie (so glad i waited until after the book!) The American one...Sucks. The Swedish one is great--on it's own I would have loved it!....But, like all movies based on books--even excellent ones like this--it leaves far too much out. Make sure to watch the right movie--AFTER reading the book! ... by the way...I'm still grieving my loss of Oskar and Eli...Finally--the title is from a Morrisey song--as well as a quote at the beginning of this book...love that! It seems he's a huge fan...not only in this book. I hope to find more excellent books by this author, now....and hoping he's working on a big, fat sequel; the smallish sequel in the book Let the Old Dreams Die leaves plenty (tons) of room for onel!

  • Tanu Gill
    2019-01-08 09:44

    Wow! This book! Such a thrilling, keeping-you-hooked type of story! Thank you, Kavita, for recommending (your version of recommending anyway :-P) this book to me.This is such a marvellous piece of writing. The words, the story, the characters... I feel soaked, coated with the amazingness of this work by the author. I feel like if I ever meet the honourable person, I would just bow down in sheer awe...The secondary characters (and there was a spotlight on a squirrel of all things for a short time, too) were so well described and portrayed that I knew them as well as I knew the main characters Eli and Oskar. And what a number of secondary characters and POVs. You saw this world from every angle imaginable, every event recounted, as many interpretations as could be given. And without any interruptions to the overall flow of story that you could have perceived because of all the jumping into the different minds. Virginia. That was one woman that would make your eyes bulge out at her courage and grit and her determination to see her decision out, no matter how chillingly hard it is. That woman is my favorite secondary character from this book.This is one piece of work that handles so many threads of thoughts at once and that too so beautifully that you feel this not-to-be-curbed desire to just meet the author once and know that they are real and this is not the work of some not-so-real person.;-)I loved this book, every bit and piece of it. I loved Eli and Oskar, the secondary characters, the numerous shocks that hit us from out of the blue with no warning whatsover as to what could happen next. This is not a classic book. This book is a world of its own. The ending in particular was absolutely amazing and adrenalin-inducing that I just had to end it or feel as if I was being punished by an unseen force...Ohhhh, the rush I got and am still floating on...<3

  • Char
    2019-01-16 06:00

    For some reason, I thought this was a YA tale. Where the hell did I get that from? I purchased it anyway, about 2 years ago, but just haven't had the chance to read it yet. Recently, I saw the audio available at my library, so I downloaded this bad boy and, wow-what fun!There are thousands of ratings and reviews on this book, plus there's a movie, so what more can I contribute to this conversation? Not that much! I enjoyed the main characters, I enjoyed how the issues dealt with herein-bullying, alcoholism, pedophilia were introduced and discussed, and I definitely enjoyed the ending! There were a few weird side plots going on and it never became clear to me how they connected with the main one, but I ended up enjoying those too. I would like to say that the narrator, Steven Pacey, was freaking AWESOME. He was immediately added to my favorite narrators list. Overall, this book was fun, (it was definitely not YA and it dealt with the vampire issue, (and other issues), in a realistic and interesting way. Recommended for fans of vampire fiction!

  • Joe Valdez
    2019-01-06 07:02

    If I listed the things that scared me most, vampires running around looking for blood wouldn't rate in my top 10. They wouldn't rate in my top 50. That said, John Ajvide Lindqvist's Let the Right One In (translated and distributed in the U.S. as Let Me In) unsettled me in multiple ways. I actually started reading it in 2012, then again in 2013, before finally making it through its house of horrors. And I'm sure glad that I did.The title is a play on the Morrissey tune "Let the Right One Slip In", but the story takes place in the winter of 1981 in a suburb outside Stockholm, Sweden called Blackeberg. Let that slip in for a moment. Lindqvist does a marvelous job setting the table in a neighborhood with no past, no future, where even the angles of the apartment buildings seem a little strange somehow. Oskar is a 12-year-old latchkey kid, raised by a single mother, with no siblings, no friends. He's tormented so relentlessly at school that he has trouble controlling his bladder. He shoplifts, and fills his head with morbid thoughts of taking revenge against his tormentors. While my school experience was nowhere near as hopeless, I related to Oskar's plight much more than I wanted to.In the dead of night, Oskar receives new neighbors, including a young girl about his own age who gives the name Eli. Meeting in the courtyard playground after dark, Eli talks like an adult, smells like an old bandage, seems impervious to the cold and solves a Rubik's Cube without effort. In no time, a teenager is found murdered in the forest, drained of blood, and Blackeberg's nightmare begins.Rather than crank out another tired tale of vampires, Lindqvist's narrative is about how we alienate each other and keep even loved ones at arm's length. Much more than the Swedish or U.S. film versions, the novel expands its scope to characters who were mere extras in the movies, or not included at all. Lindqvist has an ability to invest us in even minor characters introduced very quickly, for example, a bachelor driving home from a blind date that's gone very well for him, until he encounters something on a bridge.This is hardcore horror fiction. There were moments where I thought, "That's as fucked up a thing as any human could experience" only to have something even more dreadful happen next. Pedophilia, skin burns, razorblades, drowning, mean cats and being locked in a dark room freak me out and Lindqvist works them all into the story to maximum effect. There are horrors as potent as anything in Thomas Harris' Red Dragon or The Silence of the Lambs.Reviewers have cited a somewhat inconsistent and clunky English translation as posing pacing problems, but I was so absorbed in the characters -- particularly Eli, who would tear all of Stephenie Meyer's vampires limb from limb as a mercy killing -- that I barely noticed. My complaint was the last scene, which feels anti-climactic and poses more questions of logic than it answers.Lindqvist's footing doesn't seem as strong in his final paragraphs, but the rest of the novel is so emotionally visceral that five stars was never a question.

  • Fabian
    2019-01-19 08:40

    An unlikely FLAT-OUT masterpiece that contains the most visceral of horror fiction elements & expands them toward a precipice of dread. A one-of-a-kind experience, a delicious slap to the moribund reader.To be read AT ONCE. Do it! Take the title of this work literally. Find the time to seek this one out. So worth it!

  • Jadranka
    2019-01-13 05:38

    Švedska, jesen/zima 1981.godine, predgrađe Stokholma, mrak, šuma i prijateljstvo između sasvim običnog dečaka Oskara i već na prvi pogled poprilično neobične devojčice Eli.Lindkvist je uspeo u onome što je na prvi pogled delovalo kao nemoguće, a to je da roman koji pripada žanru horora učini još mračnijim i zlosutnijim. "Pusti pravog da uđe" nije samo još jedna u nizu zastrašujućih priča o vampirima, već predstavlja i osvrt na ozbiljne probleme u društvu kao što su: nasilje u školi, pedofilija, alkoholizam, rasturene porodice, droga, težak život radničkih porodica...Dečak Oskar je tipičan tinejdžer koji ima niz problema, dolazi iz rasturene porodice ne baš stabilne finansijske situacije i žrtva je vršnjačkog nasilja u školi. A onda jedne večeri upoznaje devojčicu Eli, koja se doseljava u susednu zgradu i tako počinje njihovo nesvakidašnje prijateljstvo. Jer Eli je sve samo ne obična devojčica, ona je vampirica stara preko 200 godina željna druženja i ljudske topline.Lindkvist od prve stranice čitaoca uvlači u svoj mračni svet i tamo ga drži do samog kraja. Da li je do toga što se radnja dešava u Švedskoj, što sama priča odiše ledom i tamom ili do toga što sam je čitala tokom zime, tek skoro mi se nije desilo da sam osećala toliku hladnoću tokom čitanja neke knjige.EDIT: Nakom što su se utisci slegli rešila sam da povećam ocenu sa 4 na 5*. Topla preporuka svim čitaocima koji uživaju u malo mračnijim temama.

  • Manju
    2018-12-31 02:40

    the first vampire books that I read were from Twilight books and after that whatever I read of them, I read in PNF genre. Needless to say these vampires were good, sexy, killing evil and saving the damsel in distress. Then three years back I read Fevre Dream, and that shattered the good image of vampires. Vampires were blood thirsty, scary, dangerous and murderers. I liked this version more than the love sick one and now I prefer this version over the PNF. So I was happy when I finished reading this book as this is how one must write vampire books!Oskar is a 12 year old boy living in suburbs of Sweden. He is bullied regularly by three of this classmates. Other students avoid him and he has no friends. He is alone and this loneliness fills him with plans of revenge. He feels so much rage towards these other guys, he wants to kill them. His evenings are filled with adding newspaper cuttings of brutal murders to his scrapbook. He wants to be a famous murderer. But none of these things happens because he met a girl named Eli. Eli lives next door to him. There is something peculiar about Eli but soon they are friends. But there is someone who is killing people in his town.For most part this book was unpredictable. What I expected never happened and all the time I was on edge because of the suspense. There were other stories too in the book in addition to Oskar and Eli, and I kept thinking how author would converge these stories but he did a wonderful job with them in the end. But there are few parts in the book that were not very good and made the book dull. Also there were few things that author left unexplained. This book is creepy and scary. This book has vampires, pedophiles, drug addiction, alcoholism, dark rooms, violence, murders and abuse. But this book also has friendship, innocence, tenderness, trust, truth, care, concern and love.Highly recommended.

  • Kasia
    2019-01-06 03:05

    It's bumming me out. 50 pages in and I'm giving up. I don't think I can take this much gore any longer. It's disturbing. I need at least one likable character - someone to root for, only then I can take in gore, serial murderers, pedophilia and such. Without somebody to identify with, suffering through one violent description after another is no fun. This was no fun. And now I'm fighting this urge: I want to crawl in under the table, wrap myself up in a blanket, stuck a thumb into my mouth and rock back and forth, hoping all the bad feelings will go away. Not a reaction long for to an enjoyable read.

  • Esteban del Mal
    2018-12-24 11:01

    I think I saw you in the shadows I move in closer beneath your windows Who would suspect me of this rapture? And who but my black hearted love And who but my black hearted love -- PJ Harvey, "Black Hearted Love"*****It's been a rough week. Our fish died, giving my young, beautiful, precocious, cherished and oh-so vulnerable daughter her first glimpse at Death. It was my first real parenting rite of passage, and I failed abysmally. Me: croaking something about the Circle of Life as I stood in my pajamas holding the previously very alive Fuzzy Fish, his kaleidoscope colors already blanching into the generic paper towel with which he had been hastily gathered; she: heaving, sobbing, inconsolable, uncomprehending, a little less innocent and a little more inured. We solemnly buried him in the backyard and I have since done my best to fix things by buying her a new fish, some new toys, taking her out for ice cream and making more time to play with her. Hollow restitution, the true Circle of Life. In an effort to scrub the memory of the incident from my consciousness, I've been watching more television and have rediscovered Nigella Lawson. The quintessence of softcore cable sensuality, Nigella has commingled my parental failings with the connubial. I like to imagine myself stalking her around her kitchen, the two of us drunk on apple martinis poured from a pitcher and slathered in chocolate syrup as we tease out the culinary anagrams buried deep within the Kama Sutra. Apparently the floundering-white-male-thirty-something-whose-libido, central-to-his-sense-of-self, needs-a-shot-in-the-arm, especially-because-he-sucks-so-bad-as-a-dad demographic is of one mind, because I have noticed the odd automobile advertisement interspersed throughout the show. One such commercial, from Jeep, overlays vignettes of rugged off-roading with the narration:"The things that make us Americans are the things we make. This has always been a nation of builders. Of craftsman. Men and women for whom straight stitches and clean welds were matters of personal pride. They made the skyscrapers and the cotton gins. The colt revolvers and the Jeep 4X4′s. These things make us who we are."Distillation: the things we make end up making us. In a word, holism.I hate marketers because they're hacks that peddle in half-truths. The things we make DO end up making us, I just don’t think a Wrangler is the way to self-actualization. We are in constant interplay with our environment because we ARE the environment. The planet and, necessarily, its derivatives are balanced ecosystems. When things get unbalanced, well, Nature or Fate or Whatever is going to step in and redress the imbalance. Call me an optimist, but I maintain that my daughter will survive the death of her fish despite me. I just hope that my shortcomings don't send her into the arms of some delinquent.Turns out that by just being present and sober, John Ajvide Lindqvist thinks I'm already halfway there. All the adults in his novel are abject failures, particularly the men. Absent, drunk, sentimental and wholly useless, they leave boys to raise themselves, to construct chimerical identities out of drugs and violence against the ambient fatigue of the Cold War. Adolescent boys confront zombies they mistake for their fathers, smashing them into oblivion with weighted trophies stolen from imposed father figures. Prepubescent boys run off to live with asexual vampires that kill other boys, themselves just as screwed up and as bereft of any context. Yup, the things we make end up making us, and we've inherited a world that has a lot of blood suckers in it. Hold your children tight and keep your eyes open.

  • Jeff
    2019-01-18 04:59

    Having seen the film before reading the novel, I'm less impressed than I might have been had the experiences been reversed. I was engaged throughout, but compared to Lindqvist's screenplay, the novel felt bloated and overtly prurient (while Tomas Alfredson's film was more atmospheric, nuanced, erotic, morally ambiguous, and mesmerizing). Every episode cut from the novel during the adaptation process was absolutely necessary; and a character central to the novel (Haken) was whittled down to just the right amount of screen time, leaving the spectator to work through a variety of intriguing questions and concerns which the novel spells out in capital letters.

  • Nicole
    2019-01-21 07:52

    I discovered this story when I discovered the movie. I enjoyed the film so much I wanted to know more. "Let the Right One In" is in some ways unrelentingly grim. There a lot of horrifying things in it that have absolutely nothing to do with the supernatural, especially if you stop to really thing about them. The horror itself is good too. I've read tons of vampire fiction and find this to be a truly refreshing take on the genre. In terms of the characters, I thought both Oskar and Eli were very compelling and flawed in ways that made them seem real. The secondary characters were also interesting and really added depth to the plot. (P.S. I could have done without the Hakan zombie subplot most of all, but understood why it was an element.)If you read horror to escape, this might not be the book for you. Some of the more disturbing facets of everyday life intrude upon the story (pedophilia, alcoholism, unemployment, bullying) and dominate it. Any one of those things could fill thousands of volumes on its own, so you can imagine what it means to have them all as components of one story. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this book. It made me think.

  • Deborah Markus
    2018-12-31 08:59

    Either horror has changed since the last time I was a big horror reader, or I am a certified wuss.I have read a lot of Stephen King, Peter Straub, Shirley Jackson, Lovecraft, and Poe. Heck, my first fiction sales were horror stories. All of this prepared me for reading Let Me In about as well as a security blanket and a PowerBar would prepare me to overwinter in Antarctica. Where do I start? Okay, how about:HOLY GUACAMOLE, IS THIS BOOK GORY.Way gory. Beyond gory. Gorror upon gorror for pages at a time. Gore so prolonged that I would miss key plot points because I was reading the way I "watch" gory scenes in movies – by kind of squinting through my fingers until it's safe to look.What made it harder to bear was that my tender sensibilities were under constant assault even during plenty of non-horror scenes. Let me preface this by saying that I’m one of those people who's constantly averting her eyes from the repulsive details of basic existence. I know they’re out there. I deal with them when I have to, and I don’t flinch. I led a homeschooling science class in dissecting animal hearts, kidneys, and even eyeballs. Not only have I raised a child and therefore done my share of diaper-changing; I used to have a job where I had to feed small children via stomach tubes. I know how disgusting life can be. But I don’t want to hear about, or look at, certain details. Simple as that. I’m that annoying person who says she’s going to go powder her nose when she has to, you know, make a trip down the hall. I use the f-word like a comma, but I say “ish” rather than the s-word because the s-word is gross. So’s the word “gross.” (True story: we have a rule in my house that no one’s allowed to use the word “gross” unless you’re jokingly referring to something that is only disgusting on a non-physical level. The lizard relieving herself is “repulsive.” Mommy having to make a business phone call is “gross.” Isn’t that hilarious? Just say yes.)Let Me In relentlessly walloped my ideals of tasteful reticence. The first chapter shows a boy in a school restroom dealing with incontinence and something he rigged up out of a piece of mattress foam. He calls it his “pissball.” Later that same chapter and in that same restroom, he is bullied until the bullies are repulsed away by a nosebleed.I could handle that. What overwhelmed me after a while was a sort of constant, casual repulsiveness. Ordinary life in this book seems to be nothing but a series of excretions. And there isn’t much ordinary here. There’s a lot of violence. None of it is neat, needless to say.Again, I’m not a horror virgin. I cut my teeth on ’Salem’s Lot and Night Shift. I just reread, and adored, The Shining. These are not tidy, decorous books. But they’re A Little Princess compared to Let Me In.So: now you know. You’ve been warned. I wish I had.I’m still glad I read this book, and I’m grabbing the sequel, Let The Old Dreams Die, at the library tomorrow. Okay, it’s not exactly the sequel. It’s a short-story collection by the same author. But one of the stories is a sequel to Let Me In, and I can’t wait to read it. I want to know what happens next.I also kind of want to know what happens first. I admired and enjoyed the plot of this book, but I felt that there were some holes in the origin story of the supernatural main character. And since the book acts as if the whole point of reading it is to find out just who and what this supernatural character is, I felt a bit cheated when I didn’t get a complete answer to the questions I had. I don’t want to get into spoilers, but if you’ve read it: where the heck was all the money coming from? And why did the man in the wig infect who he infected, when the whole point of the ceremony in question seemed to be avoiding the kind of contact that could spread that kind of infection?Anyway. If you like your horror messy, grab this book. There’s a compelling story and a certain eerie beauty to be had as well. It’s just hidden behind a lot of gross ish. You’ve been warned.

  • Sadie | sadie_reads_them_all
    2019-01-21 05:40

    No spoiler review. I have had this book on my shelf for a few years and I dubbed 2018 as the year I was going to check some boxes that needed to be checked.This book had been recommended to me countless times-in fact, *every single time* I ever mentioned that I am a huge fan of vampire lit. So I bought this with huge anticipation and BIG expectations since everyone I respect as a horror reader has rated it 4-5 stars.My first thoughts are on the writing. For me, this is the first time a translated book stood out as being obviously translated from its original language. I'm sure there was nothing lost in translation and the writing is fluid and beautiful-I can't quite put my finger on what it was that triggered it but once that switch was flipped, it stayed on-I was very aware of it, somehow.Also, major props to Lindqvist for great character development-this is clearly his wheelhouse.Story-wise this is dark, dark, really dark subject matter. At times, I felt like skimming or turning away because Lindqvist doesn't shy away from the graphic, obscene, uncomfortable details that I honestly, don't want to know.And sometimes I questioned if certain things (pedophilia) was even necessary to the story. I mean, if in the sense it added to the creepiness, then YES-it certainly did but in the sense of adding to the story, I could easily do without it. (and I did skim through one scene, actually-make that two. Just too much for me and also why I docked it a star)I loved how this book stands totally alone in some ways-for being a part of vampire lore, it borrowed from some typical vampire-ish legends but it also took the genre and flipped it on its head-there is tons of originality here. TONSThe relationship between Eli and Oskar was my favorite part of this tale--also I really enjoyed reading about Virginia and her transformation-that will go down, easily, as the scariest, most realistic vampire transformation I've ever read.The ending of this book was the best part, 1. Because it's perfect and 2. because I was ready for this to be over--not something I would choose to read again, actually. It's not a feel good story at all.But, this is a gold standard book for fans of horror and more specifically, fans of vampire lit. If you haven't read it, add it to your short list.Now to watch the Swedish version of the movie!

  • Gabrielle
    2019-01-12 05:56

    I had been meaning to read this book for a very long time and I could never seem to get around to it, but this year, I decided to go on a horror novel spree for October; “Let the Right One In” is the first book I reached for as soon as I made that decision! I had heard plenty of things about it: that it was bleak and gross and deeply unsettling. And holy moo-cow, it is all those things… on crack!Unless you live under a rock, you are probably aware that it’s set in a lower-middle class suburb in Sweden, in the early 80’s. The story focuses on Oskar, who is 12, raised by a single-mom, and severely bullied by all the little thugs he goes to school with. The stress he endures is so bad that he is incontinent, sometimes gets spontaneous nosebleeds and he has become fascinated with violent murders, because the only way he can imagine getting rid of the people who make his life miserable is by killing them. Then one night, the young girl who just moved into the apartment next door to his speaks to him on the playground. She’s not really dressed for the cold weather, she is dirty and she stinks, but she is nice to him so her friendship quickly becomes the most important thing in his life.Everything about this novel will make you feel uncomfortable: the setting is cold, dark, grimy and dirty. There is not a pleasant character anywhere in the 400 or so pages, but Lindqvist write them very cleverly: bad people, neglectful parents, bullies, shitty cops and people with highly illegal sexual urges are all repulsive, but fleshed out just enough so that you don’t hate them. I personally felt sadness and pity for all of them. All these people are in unbearable pain in their own way, their lives are a constant struggle against themselves. And that’s before you even have to deal with the fact that there is a vampire running around their hideous little suburb!On the subject of the vampire: I hate sexy vampires and romantic vampires and all that garbage, so it’s always fun to read authors who understand that an undead blood-drinking parasite is supposed to be disgusting. Eli might look like a little girl, but when she doesn’t “eat”, she becomes emancipated, her hair streaks with grey and she is eventually unable to mask her true nature. The description of her transformation was perfectly gross and unnerving. Her relationship with her very own Reinfield, Hakan, is an incredibly disturbing mix of cruel emotional manipulation and sexual blackmail; their interactions made me a little nauseated.But more unnerving than the vampire and the pedophile keeper, was the very realistic descriptions of human misery. Think about it: Oskar’s life actually becomes better after he becomes friends with a vampire? What does that say about his life? What does that say about what it is like to deal with the cruelty of the bullies who chase him around, the absence of a much-needed father (or just a proper parent!) in his world? None of the characters have genuine emotional bonds with each other, everyone is cold and distant, and it ends up costing some of these people their lives. Everyone in this book is an outcast on one level or another, they are all under so much pressure and you feel very early on that it would only take a small spark to fire up the powder keg: Eli is that spark and things escalate really fast, really badly as soon as she becomes a part of their lives.I read through it very quickly – the English translation is very clean and simple - but it was still completely creeped out, and if I could find a warm, sunny spot to read in, I definitely went for it because this book gave me the shivers. Do not read this in winter, especially if you are prone to SAD! The side- stories, while interesting, sometimes felt superfluous, and some details seem to be there at random and don't really advance the plot. But overall, an excellent horror novel, in which the humans creep me out way more than the supernatural creatures, which is probably why it is as affecting and disturbing as it is. And it must be said that the ending is absolutely perfect. I will now go watch the (Swedish) movie adaptation!

  • Terry
    2018-12-29 09:08

    I am not generally a fan of vampires these days. Now don’t get me wrong: the idea is pretty cool. What’s not to like about blood-sucking undead immortals wreaking havoc amongst the cattle that is mankind? Add in some shape-shifting and immortal ennui and things can be pretty interesting (OK, the immortal ennui can get a bit…boring), but the fact of the matter is the trope’s been done to death (pardon the pun), hasn’t it? The vampire has so oversaturated the market these days that I feel like a diabetic on a sugar high when I come near them…if they don’t kill me by their mere presence please shoot me to put me out of my misery! And vampire romance? Fuck, don’t get me started…hate it! But you know what? This little tome kind of made me a believer. I guess there really are new and interesting ways to play with tired old ideas to make them viable again._Let the Right One In_ centers on Oskar, a young boy who is an outsider in the dismal suburb of Sweden in which he lives (seriously, this book killed any desire I may have ever had to visit Sweden). Ridiculed and violently bullied by his classmates, overly coddled by his single mother, all but ignored by his absent father it’s not altogether surprising that his fear and frustration has ended up venting itself in a fascination with murder and macabre day-dreams of violence and killing. By day Oskar is nothing more than a punching bag for his life, subject to all the forms of degradation that only schoolchildren can dish out…and endure; but in his dreams he is a remorseless killer wreaking vengeance on a world whose only interest seems to lie in either humiliating or ignoring him. One night he meets another outsider, Eli, a young girl who has mysteriously started appearing at nighttime in the playground of his apartment complex, and the two make a connection that deepens until it almost seems that neither life nor death can break it. I don’t think I’m committing a serious act of spoiler by noting that Eli is one of the undead and that even beyond this in her case appearances can be deceiving.Despite how that précis may sound, there’s nothing schmaltzy or high-strung about the relationship that develops between Oskar and Eli. They are both individuals who are isolated from the wider world around them but who are both desperately searching for someone who can appreciate what they feel. They are both tentative, each unwilling to place trust where before was only betrayal, but slowly they come to rely on each other for a sense of companionship that neither of them thought they could experience. Of course the old adage is proved correct: the course of true love never did run smooth. Eli is ‘protected’ by Hakan, a Renfield-like acolyte: a man willing to both pose as her father and procure for Eli the ‘live’ blood she needs in exchange for the chance to satisfy his pedophilic desires even if only obliquely. He is a man not likely to willingly stand aside as Eli forms a more lasting bond with someone else. Lindqvist does a good job of populating his story with a wide cast of characters whose lives seem very real, if rather bleak, and all of their stories intertwine and coincide with the central tale of Oskar and Eli as they struggle to maintain the tentative relationship they have formed. I will admit that occasionally I felt that the ‘side-stories’ seemed more like a distraction than an aid to the main narrative, but ultimately they all ended up culminating in a satisfying read. As noted above the book paints a very bleak picture of life in 1980’s Sweden and it’s kind of surprising that any of these characters refrained from slitting their own wrists, let alone Oskar the put-upon target of harsh brutality and endless mocking by his peers. Despite this bleakness, however, there is a definite ray of light, ironically enough in the relationship between an outcast loser and a member of the undead. It’s a violent, blood-drenched, gore-covered ray of light to be sure, but hey when life gives you lemons make some delicious red-tinted lemonade, right?And yeah, just like many people who have already written reviews about this book I gotta say: Stephanie Meyer? This is an example of a *good* vampire romance…with no sparkle! Go team Oskar!