Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Let the Right One In

It is autumn 1981 when the inconceivable comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenage boy 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 ...

Details Let the Right One In

TitleLet the Right One In
Release DateAug 2nd, 2007
Number of pages513 pages
GenreHorror, Fiction, Paranormal, Vampires, Fantasy

Reviews Let the Right One In

  • Paul Bryant
    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, ...
  • Manny
    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 a...
  • Jason
    Yo, lesson for you, Stephenie: this is how you write a fucking vampire novel.So you can run and tell THAT.
  • Stephen
    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 th...
  • Kemper
    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 ...
  • Kat Kennedy
    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...
  • Tatiana
    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 c...
  • Melissa
    Dear Stephenie,This is how you write a "vampire" book.Sincerely, The World
  • Kristen
    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.
  • Frankie
    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.
  • Shovelmonkey1
    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...
  • Christy
    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, h...
  • Edward Lorn
    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 shor...
  • Tanu Gill
    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 spot...
  • Jadranka
    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 ...
  • Char
    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 ...
  • Joe Valdez
    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...
  • Helen Stavraki
    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 ειν...
  • Nicole
    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 c...
  • Jeff
    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 centr...
  • Kasia
    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 ...
  • Esteban del Mal
    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 so...
  • Deborah Markus
    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 g...
  • Terry
    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...
  • Scarlet Cameo
    "Let the right one inLet the old dreams dieLet the wrong ones goThey cannot do What you want them to do" Está una muy buena historia de vampiros que, a pesar de que los protagonistas son niños, de tierno no tiene nada. Explora los aspectos más deplorables de la vida: pederastia, soledad, tortura, muerte, alcoholismo, asesinato, acoso, drogadicción, obsesión y la perdida, literal y figurativa, de la vida misma. En general, todos los personaje...
  • RandomAnthony
    Let The Right One In is the best vampire book named after a Morrissey lyric I’ve ever read.No, really, this is a top-notch novel. Set in a cold, northern European winter, the book focuses primarily on the interactions of Oskar, a teenage boy so scared of his tormentors he keeps a “piss ball” in his pants to soak up his urine, and Eli, a vampire appearing to be about the same age as Oskar. This is not a tender “innocent boy meets freak wit...
  • Scarlet
    "There was something in her, something that was... Pure Horror. Everything you were supposed to watch out for. Heights, fire, shards of glass, snakes. Everything that his mom tried so hard to keep him safe from." What an insidious read this book was. It snuck up on me so slowly - crawled, actually - that by the time I realized it was messing with my mind, I was in too deep to retract.Let the Right One In also has the honor of being one of those r...
  • Teresa
    Deixa-me Entrar é um romance com vampiros mas, em termos comparativos com outras obras do género, está muito distante do rosado Crepúsculo de Stephenie Meyer, aproximando-se mais da negrura de Bram Stoker. Ou seja, apesar de as personagens principais serem adolescentes, não é uma história romântica e bonita que faça sonhar e desejar ser mordida por um belo e sedutor vampiro. Aqui os vampiros não mordem, mastigam...Passada na fria Suéci...
  • Clouds
    Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my GIFTS AND GUILTY list.Regardless of how many books are already queued patiently on my reading list, unexpected gifts and guilt-trips will always see unplanned additions muscling their way in at the front.Th...
  • Belinda
    Call this one "The Anti-Twilight." They had me at "the Swedish Stephen King." Um, not so much.Easily the most *interesting* read in a long time. 4 stars instead of 5, or 3, because the story--just the pure story? Meh. In itself, only just compelling enough to keep me reading. But the characters--OH, the characters. I ached for every one of them. For a classic co-dependent like me, looking into the lonely, heartache-ridden lives in this book is pu...