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Let the Right One In [Kindle Edition]

John Ajvide Lindqvist , Ebba Segerberg
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)

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'A whiff of the new Stephen King. Don't miss it' The Times.

'A terrifying supernatural story yet also a moving account of friendship and salvation' Guardian.

'Some truly scary bits... will haunt your dreams. Best read by sunlight' Independent on Sunday.

'Lindqvist has reinvented the vampire novel and made it all the more chilling by setting it in the kind of sink estate we all know from the media. Immensely readable and highly disturbing' Daily Express.

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...an immensely readable,highly disturbing book in which grim levels of gore and violence are tempered by an unexpected tenderness

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 684 KB
  • Print Length: 519 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1847248489
  • Publisher: Quercus; Film Tie-in Ed edition (22 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847248489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847248480
  • ASIN: B0038QN29Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,724 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A coming-of-age fable - with vampires 26 May 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Let The Right One In, the English translation of the novel Låt Den Rätte Komma In by John Ajvide Lindqvist, is a vampire novel that has as much to do with the rites of passage one young Swedish boy passes through as it does with the existence of the undead and their feeding practices. Oskar, a 12-year-old boy dealing the problems of verbal and physical bullying and the consequent incontinence he suffers from, is desperately in need of a friend. He takes refuge in his imagined alter ego - an unafraid Oskar who kills his tormentors - and takes out his anger by stabbing trees in the woods near his home. Then, one night, Eli appears, a girl of the same age who he soon discovers to be a 200-year-old vampire. Meanwhile, a series of strange killings are taking place in the neighbourhood.

The narrative cuts between the lives of Oskar and his blossoming romance with Eli, his teenage acquaintance Tommy, and a group of alcoholics and unemployed semi-drifters who are the victims of the attacks.
The story is, without doubt, riveting - but only really takes flight in the latter half. The author spends the first hundred pages establishing a background, which can often feel sluggish, as the constant cut between narrative voices results in a plot which takes far longer to establish than it should. There are strange ticks in the writing - such as Lindqvist's tendency to italicise all his narrators' fragmented thoughts in a way that is almost artistic but more often irritating - and the author frequently strays into territory regarding Eli's past that leaves explanation or elaboration lacking and ultimately seems unnecessary.

The drive that the story maintains after the inital background compensates for the failed attempts at stylistic prowess.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly heart-warming 13 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
John Ajvide Lindqvist takes us to a dark place, a suburbia where disparate characters are thrown into each other's lives and vices are explored. Oskar is a young boy, bullied constantly, dreaming of killing his persecutors. One night he meets the mysterious Eli, and the two children gradually build up a delicate and tenuous friendship. As a backdrop to this, we watch as murders are committed and the people of Blackeberg come to realise that they are haunted by a vampire.

On the face of this, Let The Right One In is a horror story about a vampire - but it does not take long for the reader to recognise that this is, in fact, a story exploring the monstrousness of human beings. The latent urge in all humans to commit monstrous acts. We have alcoholics, drug takers, paedophiles and bullies. In that company, the vampire turns out to be the most compassionate and reasonable character.

The prose is both visceral and staccato, with a deeply tragic air right from the first word. And yet it still manages to evoke a feeling of hope, and establishes that acceptance and friendship can succeed in saving a young man's life.

Despite the aforementioned staccato rhythm, the story unwinds with a slow deliberate menace. It starts with a searing picture of a victim of extreme bullying: "Let them think someone had been killed here, because someone had been killed here. And for the hundredth time..." Gradually the story presents us with some grisly pictures of a man with his face burned away by acid, blood pouring from every pore of a vampire, cats attacking a woman. And yet it is still those shocking moments of human cruelty that strike the hardest and make you vulnerable to the power of this book's prose.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knows how to tell a story! 4 Oct 2009
By Lou Ice
Format:Paperback
It was a long time since I read a book that I just couldn't put down, a book I kept longing for when I was doing something else. So the author has really succeeded in the way he tells the story.

I like the realistic description of the Stockholm suburb Blackeberg and the social realism of the characters. I also accept the element of vampires as it's described in a natural way.

Basically a vampire moves to Blackeberg and a lot of people are found dead in mysterious ways. The main character Oskar who is bullied at school makes friend with the vampire and gets his revenge on the bullies.

What I like the most is that we get to follow so many different characters and that they are all connected and make a difference to the story. Everyone and everything is there for a reason. The story is very well threaded together.

I've given it five stars, yet there are a few things that annoy me:
*when Eli sleeps in Oskar's bed there's no sexual tension whatsoever even if Eli's naked and it's strange that Oskar doesn't discover a certain thing ...
*sometimes the author changes POV within a scene, it would've been better to be in one character's head at a time
*I'd wanted more of a follow up on the relationship between Tommy and his police stepdad to be

I read the novel in Swedish and am now going to have a look at the English translation to see how the translator has dealt with some typical Swedish references!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 14 May 2009
Format:Paperback
This is definitely a read for those of you who like the gritty, shameless horror found in fiction. I can guarantee that if the film based on the novel had adapted straight from it, with no bits left out, people would have ran screaming from the theatre, or it would have been banned in some countries. There are some disturbing themes within the book that will linger in your mind, and you may find yourself experiencing various emotions trying to make sense of them. I did at least. It is gory, but the kind of gory you find in your own nightmares rather than in any traditional horror film. Lindqvist has managed to capture perfectly the feeling of entrapment experienced during one's own bad dreams and those in reality, especially in the context of victimisation within a school environment. Both the real world and that of which you would expect to stem from myths collide in this novel, and they co- exist disastrously. Insanity is also a major theme of 'Let The Right One In', and I do not believe any of the major characters avoid undergoing some form of it one way or another. It is illustrated vividly throughout the different events and experiences of the characters, and is incredibly believable. In other words, it is exactly how you and I would react if we were in the same situation.
The take on vampirism was fresh, with one or two old fashioned views thrown in for good measure. I could not help but feel pity for both Oskar and Eli, each with their own torments and loneliness. They emapthise with each other, even if in some ways their woes and worries are on different levels. The romance and friendship is very innocent, without an overdose of sexuality to depreciate it. Not over sentimental at all.

Finally, all I can say to people considering reading this novel is that the story has definitive meaning to it, and major themes are well balanced out. Forget any other vampiric story, this one is taken fresh from the pantry of imagination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book if you love vampires
Published 13 days ago by Stan Donkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT
Published 16 days ago by Colin P T
5.0 out of 5 stars good, compelling and different
Interesting book, think I will look up the film, strange but compelling to read, poor Oskar!! Worked out in the end tho
Published 1 month ago by Judge464
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Not bad at all, not to scarey !
Published 1 month ago by peter copley
5.0 out of 5 stars let the right one in
Utterly gripped from start to finish. I can't begin to imagine how this has been turned into a west end production. If it's half as good as the book it'll be amazing
Published 2 months ago by Unhappy
5.0 out of 5 stars very good read
I have tried to make a habit of reading some of the cheaper priced kindle books and as I've seen the film of this book and enjoyed it,I thought I'd give it a go. Read more
Published 3 months ago by mrs michelle wain
5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner
Simply couldn't put this book down. Excellently written, this book will take hold of you ad let go when it's ready.
Published 3 months ago by Ken
3.0 out of 5 stars I preferred the film
I recently watched the film and thoroughly enjoyed it,so I gave the book a try as reviews were good and it was cheap to download. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Honest shell
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the book for me!
This was not what I expecting! It is a unpleasantly graphic and disturbing book which I discarded after the first couple of chapters due to its sickening content.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Lisa H Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars way better than the film!
I thought the film was good until I read the book. Completely shocked me with some of the themes in the book. Really well written
Published 3 months ago by Heather Iveson
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