Let the Right One in

Let the Right One in

Book - 2010
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Oskar lives with his mum in a Stockholm highrise. He likes eating sweets and collecting stories of violent murder from the newspaper, and he has a slight incontinence problem.

The kids at school call him Piggy and beat him up. Luckily, the new girl next door shows promise. Eli smells a bit and never seems to feel the cold and sometimes her hair has a lot of grey in it. So there's a good chance she's an even bigger misfit than Oskar.

Right after their arrival, a child's body is found hanging from a tree, and amid the media frenzy other weird things start to happen. The police think it's a serial killer. They're so wrong.

This extraordinary and powerful novel is part horror, part comedy and mostly love story. A moving, affectionate and, at times, grisly portrait of the agony of growing up and finding love, Let the Right One In may be the most satisfying novel you read this year.

Publisher: Text Publishing Company, Melbourne : 2010
ISBN: 9781921656859
Branch Call Number: AF AJVI

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mandiazzi
Sep 12, 2015

I'm a very big fan of horror books, and this one was, by far, one of my favourites. Thank you for writing such an amazing book.

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dshappert
Oct 19, 2011

I found the first half of the book disturbing, and could only read small amounts at a time - due to characters with diverse issues like pedophilia, alcholhism, pyscophathy and self confidence issues... (I guess I read for escapism.)
As things started to resolve in the 2nd half, it got easier for me to read. I didn't particularly enjoy the book overall, though it was well written with some surprises character development.

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SteveTheReaper
Aug 25, 2010

I'm not sure if I love this book or am completely terrified by it; I think I would probably be more inclined to love it, if purely for the line toward the end about Eli being an angel. (I won't post it because it's a spoiler.) I find it absolutely hilarious, although I'm not sure why.

At any rate, I loved the mix between sad, sweet, and horrifying. They make a somewhat sickening combination, but in a good way.

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kat5984
Aug 09, 2010

While the story is interesting, the style of the book is so scattered, jumping between main and secondary characters. It might have just been lost in translation, but it was a struggle to get through the entire thing.

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arisenneo
Jul 05, 2010

I saw the movie before reading the book unfortunately but i wasn't disappointed. The graphic nature of the book would have been too much to display on screen. This author seems to have perfected the balance created of the new vampire phenomenon without forgetting the true essence of the creature as well as showing the dark nature of humanity. It's all written in what seems to be a one of the simplest settings.

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Spacewoman
Apr 20, 2010

A vampire book! How did this get on my list? I read a few pages and took it back.

sit_walk Sep 09, 2009

Are you sick of sensitive vampires? Me too. Let the Right One In harkens back to days of yore (gore?) when vampires were vampires (i.e., they actually killed people, drank blood, made other vampires). So, if you're in the mood for something far darker and far less melodramatic than several currently-popular vampire series I might mention, then this is one for you.

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VV12
Sep 12, 2015

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SteveTheReaper
Aug 25, 2010

SteveTheReaper thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 15 and 99

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VV12
Sep 12, 2015

Other: pedophilia

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