'It might be spooky and somewhat far-fetched in places, but this meditation on nature vs nurture, music, mental illness and TV talent shows is as keen as the edge of a broken glass. Capable of slicing right through your skin. Somehow Lindqvist ducks trite when delving into this tale of homicidal emo girls by twisting up his characters so far it's hard to tell whether they're sympathetic or to be feared … This is best read with the lights on, far away from girls with black hair' The Wharf.
'A bestseller in the making' Time Out. 'Lindqvist is more thought-provoking than the majority of his peers and the stories are all the more frightening for it' Sci-fi Now.
'Excellent. And very bloody. And near unputdownable ... a superbly crafted, deliciously twisted constantly shocking tale that's almost entirely populated by loathsome characters who are fascinating to read about. Utterly compelling, it merges a series of audacious Grand Guignol setpieces with a satirical look at the music industry ... Brilliantly written' SFX.
'He's continued to write edgy, well-crafted horror ... There's an eerie, otherworldly feel that lends creeping menace throughout ... there's much to admire here, Lindqvist doing a great job of portraying the teenage mindset without resorting to cliché and his interlinking of the inherent bullying at school with bullying in the wider world is clever without being too obvious ... He builds a palpable sense of terror through the alienation of his main players, and he proves with the apocalyptic ending that he's up there with best literary horror writers' Independent on Sunday.
'What begins as a thriller quickly becomes a chiller as the Swedish author proves once again that he's Scandinavia's answer to Stephen King. Actually he's better right now' Daily Mirror. ''There's a seam of black humour running through Lindqist's book, particularly when he's taking well-aimed potshots at the exploitative pop culture industry ... Little Star is layered and thoughtful' Metro.
From the Inside Flap
Lennart Cedeström was walking in the forest when he saw it. A baby girl lying in a plastic bag. Horrified, he rushed to give her the kiss of life. But what happened next changed his life forever. Her first breath was something astounding - a perfect musical note. For an ageing singer, this incredible child was irresistible, and Lennart could only hurry her home and take her into his care. Fearing the watchful eyes of the authorities, Lennart decided to hide his foundling daughter from view. So he and his wife kept her in their basement. Was what she became Lennart's fault for choosing to hide her? Did the person who abandoned her in the woods know something terrible lay in her future? Or was it just a trick of fate to turn the little star into the most terrifying thing imaginable? In this, John Ajvide Lindqvist's fourth masterpiece, he effortlessly ratchets up the tension until the story reaches its terrible conclusion. In doing so, he confirms his place as the undisputed new king of horror.