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  • Paperback: 519 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus; Film Tie-in Ed edition (22 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847248489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847248480
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Oskar and Eli. In very different ways, they were both victims. Which is why, against the odds, they became friends. And how they came to depend on one another, for life itself. Oskar is a 12-year-old boy living with his mother on a dreary housing estate at the city's edge. He dreams about his absentee father, gets bullied at school, and wets himself when he's frightened. Eli is the young girl who moves in next door. She doesn't go to school and never leaves the flat by day. She is a 200-year-old vampire, forever frozen in childhood, and condemned to live on a diet of fresh blood.


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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Dr.Feelgood on 26 May 2009
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Slightly Hazy on 23 April 2011
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I purchased this book as part of the Kindle Spring Sale for £1.01. Not only was I excited to get a bargain but I was also thrilled with the book. Having not seen the Swedish movie or the American remake, I was introduced to the story for the first time by reading the novel that the movies were based on. From being recommended the movie by family and friends, I had a rough idea what the story was about - A Vampire love story.

I've read a lot of Vampire stories recently, and have become a little tired with them to be honest. I do love my True Blood series but everything else seems to feel like it's jumping on the Vampire bandwagon. As more of a classic horror novel, I decided to give this a go and was very glad I did.

The story follows 12-year-old Oskar, targeted by the class bullies and wishing he could disappear. Near to where he lives, the police find dead bodies, which they believe to be caused by a `Ritual Killer'. At the same time, he meets and befriends a neighbourhood girl called Eli and soon realises that maybe his new found friend and the murders are linked.

I really loved the character of Oskar - although only 12 and bullied by his classmates, he is extremely intellegent and has a wonderful imagination. The writer has created scenes where Oskar believes he's someone else, a hero, slaying bullies and bad guys. John Ajvide Lindqvist has captured the imagination of this 12 year old outcast perfectly. Oskar, with very few people in his life and only books for company until he meets Eli, creates this heroic alter-ego to get him through his days.

The story itself felt a little long but it was well paced and the way the writer went from character to character really pulled you into this Swedish estate.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Alma on 11 April 2009
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Let the right one in caught my attention because a film based on this book did win several awards and is now considered one of the best vampire movies of the past decades. So, before watching the film, I decided to read the book and I must say it took me by surprise.

The story is centered on the 12-year-old Oskar, a lonely kid who finds the perfect companion, a 12 girl who has recently moved next-door and turns out to be a vampire. But this is much more than your typical vampire story. It's a beautiful and disturbing tale describing the love, loneliness and violent reality of its characters. Also, as strange as it may sound, it feels very real and has some creepy moments that really stay in your mind.

I strongly suggest that you read this book and then see the original Swedish film (because there is an American remake on the way).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Helen Skelton on 19 Mar. 2011
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I have read all the True Blood novels and the Twilight saga and whilst I love them dearly this vampire love story has a lot more bite! (Pun intended)I was aware going in that this book is intended to be a horror, a genre I don't normally read, but was not prepared to actually be creeped out quite as much as I was. It left me wondering if the film will be as gruesome and stomach churning and I can't wait to watch it. The main characters Oskar & Eli are both worthy of your love and attention and you will find yourself feeling protective of them and shocked by their actions. The plot is excellent and refreshing, whilst the mood is sinister and dark. Some readers may find parts of the book a little uncomfortable but all in all it delivers what can only be described as a chilling horror story. I will definitely be reading more of this authors work. Hints....maybe don't read after eating....or in a house alone....or in a dark room with a little night light on.....or whilst babysitting for small children who may or may not be ancient vampires in disguise!
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