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So, I guess you could say Let the Right One In would fall on the other side of the universe from Twilight. This is a story where nothing sparkly and there are shiny happy characters, and no high school problems. Lindqvist starts off in a dark, snowy space and the harsh reality pulls you deeper and deeper into the darkness. A manufactured community where single parents just try to make it through the day, alcoholics teeter on the brink of disaster, pedophiles hide in the shadows and children act ...more
This book was disturbing on a few levels, and I do not recommend it to anyone with a weak stomach when it comes to violence, abuse, pedophiles and Bullying. The author is very descriptive and paints a vivid picture.

The story is centred on a twelve year old boy named Oskar who is obsessed with murderers and clips all articles he can find for his collection. This fascination seems to stem from the lack of control he has over his own life that he fantasises about being someone who would be feared.
I borrowed "Let the Right One In" from my local library. Whilst checking the book out, the librarian commented that it was among the best books he had read for a while.That sounded promising. Glancing over the book cover and the usual snippets of praise that are taken from newspaper reviews, I noticed that one reviewer likened Lindqvist's style of writing to Stephen King's. Even better, I thought, and started reading on the bus home.

Prior to reading, I did have a vague idea what the story was a
William Herschel
Scandinavian? Yes.
Praised? Yes.
A "good" vampire novel that isn't like Twilight? Yes yes.

So what went wrong? Maybe I just don't like thrillers or horror novels anymore. I felt completely uninterested and like the real story was hidden in irrelevancy.

I seen one reviewer describe this as "well-written" but I couldn't see it. Here's an excerpt:
No anxiety for the next day, whatever it would bring. He would sleep well tonight.

When he was back in the yard, he sat down on the edge of the sandbox for awh
I don't know why I continue to read vampire books. And buy vampire books. They just seem so silly to me. However, this on was written well, even if it was difficult to follow the characters at first. At least all lives tangled together nicely by the end.
Leigh Ann
Apr 08, 2012 Leigh Ann marked it as to-read
Yz the Whyz
Dec 31, 2011 Yz the Whyz marked it as to-read
Recommended to Yz the Whyz by: Laura
Jul 12, 2012 Sabrina marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Kim DeCina
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Shelves: fiction, horror
Claire Fun
Mar 14, 2013 Claire Fun marked it as to-read
Shelves: long, kindle
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Shelves: own
Oct 03, 2010 Keith marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 29, 2010 Kristina marked it as to-read
Shelves: kindle, ya
Jan 19, 2010 emily marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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