Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

68%

10 Critic Reviews

If there is one complaint, it is that the author sets the book entirely in the fall, and so cannot exploit the obvious advantages and disadvantages of being a Swedish vampire—24-hour darkness during winter...Worth taking a bite.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Let Me In Takes Top Honors at Tribeca Film Festival and is now an Award-winning movie in both the U.S. and Sweden!

It is autumn 1981 when inconceivable horror comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenager 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. . . .Sweeping top honors at film festivals all over the globe, Let Me In has received the same kind of spectacular raves that have been lavished on the book. American and Swedish readers of vampire fiction will be thrilled!
Following the success in Sweden, this movie was remade in 2010 starring Kodi Smit Mcpheem, Chloe Grace Moretz and Richard Jenkins changing its name from the Swedish Let The Right One In. The story has continued to reach new viewers in a London Musical and the book remains a vampire favorite among its readers.

 

About John Ajvide Lindqvist

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John Ajvide Lindqvist's debut novel, Let the Right One In, was an instant bestseller in Sweden and was named Best Novel in Translation 2005 in Norway. The Swedish film adaptation, directed by Tomas Alfredsson, has won top honors at film festivals all over the globe, including Best Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival. An American remake, Let Me In, written and directed by Cloverfield director Matt Reeves, was released in October 2010 to rave reviews.  Lindqvist grew up in Blackeberg, a suburb of Stockholm and the setting for Let the Right One In. Wanting to become something awful and fantastic, he first became a conjurer, and then was a stand-up comedian for twelve years. He has also written for Swedish television. He lives in Sweden.
 
Published August 31, 2010 by Thomas Dunne Books. 497 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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All: 10 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Above average

If there is one complaint, it is that the author sets the book entirely in the fall, and so cannot exploit the obvious advantages and disadvantages of being a Swedish vampire—24-hour darkness during winter...Worth taking a bite.

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Examiner

Above average
on Oct 08 2010

Any of the Denver branches can place this on hold for you, but make sure you can stand the graphic nature before picking it up because this is definently no Twilight love story.

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AV Club

Above average
on Mar 20 2009

The movie is more sweet and sad than scary—the trailer below actually gives a good sense of its tone—while the book is less tonally refined. It has more going on, but at the loss of some of the clarity.

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Suite 101

Below average
on Nov 28 2010

The legend of the vampire is of course a traditional one, and the plot of Let The Right One In will win no prizes for originality.

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Huffington Post

Excellent
on Sep 24 2010

intelligent, thoughtful, and often soulful character study that ennobles the horror genre.

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Tor

Above average
on Oct 01 2010

Surprisingly tender and super-gory.

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Love Vampires

Excellent

By turns brilliant and repulsive, compelling and uncomfortable Let The Right One In is a thought provoking read that will stay with you long after the novel itself has been read.

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The Ranting Dragon

Above average
on Jun 06 2012

Let The Right One In is a genuinely awesome vampire novel, and a must-read if you enjoy supernatural horror. It’s a brutal, chilling novel filled with moments that are disturbing, exciting, and sometimes even very sweet.

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Horror News Net

Good
on Jan 01 2011

I can’t recommend Let the right one in more and hopefully it serves as a nice companion to what I hear is a great movie.

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This is Horror

Below average

There are interesting metaphors and philosophical questions under the surface...but too often they’re lost in a fog of half-developed ideas and barely credible situations.

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