Original, dark and twisted thriller that sucks you in.,
This review is from: Let the Right One In (Paperback)
On the cover, "Let the right one in" was described as a coming-of-age story with vampires, but I would say that "Let the right one in" is a dark and twisted coming-of-age story and a suspenseful thriller, that happens to have a vampire angle that is genuinely new and different.
Oskar is a preteen, who gets beaten up by bullies at school and fantasizes about stabbing someone, practicing one an old tree in a retched part of Stockholm anno 1981. He collects newspaper clippings about serial murders and follows the ones happening nearby.
"Let the right one in" is told in 3rd person omniscent, so the reader follows the murderer on his unwilling killing spree, the child Eli who is at the center of everything, a group of drunks at a local bar, who becomes victims - all in a great meandering downward spiral leading to darkness. And it is truly original!
No just another vampire story here, no crime novel/thriller with a tell-tale balance of cliff-hangers and action. "Let the right one in" is darker, more twisted, bloodier, and more moody. Oh yes, and it's definitely Scandinavian!
"Let the right one in" sucks you in, but don't expect a happy ending here.