Little Star by John Ajvide Lindqvist
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"Establishes Lindqvist as Sweden's Stephen King."

--The Washington Post on Harbor

John Ajvide Lindqvist has been crowned the heir apparent to Stephen King by numerous sources, and he is heralded around the globe as one of the most spectacularly talented horror writers working today. His first novel, Let the Right One In, is a cult classic that has been made into iconic films in both Sweden and in the United States. His second novel, Handling the Undead, is beloved by horror fans everywhere. His third novel, Harbor, is a masterpiece that draws countless comparisons to Stephen King. Now, with Little Star, his most profoundly unsettling book yet, Lindqvist treads previously unmarked territory.

A man finds a baby in the woods, left for dead. He brings the baby home, and he and his wife raise the girl in their basement. When a shocking and catastrophic incident occurs, the couple's son Jerry whisks the girl away to Stockholm to start a new life. There, he enters her in a nationwide singing competition. Another young girl who's never fit in sees the performance on TV, and a spark is struck that will ignite the most terrifying duo in modern fiction.
Little Star is an unforgettable portrait of adolescence, a modern-day Carrie for the age of internet bullies, offensive reality television, and overnight You Tube sensations. Chilling, unnerving, and petrifying, Little Star is Lindqvist's most disturbing book to date.

 

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 October 2, 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books. 538 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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He finds, instead, a small, shallow grave and inside it, “a baby girl, just a few days or weeks old.” Lennart rescues the baby, noting that her crying was like nothing his attentive ears had ever taken in—and pitched at a perfect E, “an E that rang like a bell and made the leaves quiver and the b...

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The Swedish author of Let The Right One In temporarily sets aside the ghosts and vampires, but he’s still writing unsettling horror. 

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Lennart and Laila were once a singing duo, attaining one-hit-wonder status before their career ended in frustration, disappointment, and Lennart crippling Laila after catching her having sex with the leader of a rival group.

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In LITTLE STAR, Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN) sets out with an ambitious and fascinating story that follows two young girls from infancy to their teenage years as they discover their independence, the internet, a love for music, and ultimately each other.

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Of course, it’s no ordinary baby—when this tiny blue-eyed creature opens her mouth to cry, she emits a pitch-perfect note, ‘an E that rang like a bell and made the leaves quiver and the birds fly up from the trees.’ Convinced that his discovery of the child is a chance for him to redeem the disap...

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