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
ISBN9781847241696
Author
Release DateAug 2nd, 2007
PublisherQuercus
LanguageEnglish
GenreHorror, Fiction, Paranormal, Vampires, Fantasy
Rating

Reviews Let the Right One In

  • Paul Bryant
    2009-09-24
    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
    2009-04-23
    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
    2011-07-02
    Yo, lesson for you, Stephenie: this is how you write a fucking vampire novel.So you can run and tell THAT.
  • Stephen
    2010-09-14
    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
    2009-10-10
    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
    2010-08-05
    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
    2009-04-30
    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
    2010-10-11
    Dear Stephenie,This is how you write a "vampire" book.Sincerely, The World
  • Jayson
    2013-08-01
    (A) 86% | ExtraordinaryNotes: Tenderness with ferocity. It's lonely, desperate people living in ashen desolation. The grey makes the red stand out.
  • Kristen
    2009-01-03
    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
    2013-10-01
    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.
  • °°°·.°·..·°¯°·._.· ʜᴇʟᴇɴ Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος ·._.·°¯°·.·° .·°°° ★·.·´¯`·.·★ Ⓥⓔⓡⓝⓤⓢ Ⓟⓞⓡⓣⓘⓣⓞⓡ Ⓐⓡⓒⓐⓝⓤⓢ Ταμετούρο Αμ
    2016-07-08
    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...
  • Fabian
    2015-09-15
    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! NOW. Take the title of this work literally. Find the time to seek this one out--nothing American comes even close to its gorgeous monster tale. So worth it!
  • Shovelmonkey1
    2012-07-03
    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...
  • Bradley
    2017-11-17
    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 translate...
  • Edward Lorn
    2015-08-13
    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...
  • Christy
    2016-09-29
    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...
  • Joe Valdez
    2014-01-01
    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...
  • Tanu Gill
    2016-03-28
    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...
  • Felicia
    2018-10-08
    Google the word atmospheric and this book should be the first result of the search. This story is a full sensory experience transporting you back to 1981 in a cold, gray suburb in Sweden. What is billed as a horror story is less horror and more heartbreak. The sheer terror of this story is brilliantly tempered with the tragic lives of two children, Oskar and Eli, who both find themselves living on the periphery of a life they desperately wish to ...
  • Char
    2012-09-09
    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 ...
  • Manju
    2015-12-10
    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 ove...
  • Jadranka
    2013-03-07
    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 ...
  • Emma
    2018-05-01
    This is as good as my other favourite vampire story- Fevre Dream by George R Martin. As much as I loved the vampire story, there was much more to this. It is also a story of lonely children, of bullying, of perversion. The setting adds to the sinister atmosphere. What really drew me in was the budding friendship between Eli and Oskar. This is not for the feint hearted. I haven’t seen either of the films although they are meant to be quite creep...
  • Kasia
    2009-08-20
    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 ...
  • Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
    2018-02-04
    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 w...
  • Esteban del Mal
    2010-03-15
    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...
  • Scarlet Cameo
    2015-10-11
    "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...
  • Jeff
    2008-12-26
    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...