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Lilla stjärna by John Ajvide Lindqvist
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Dec 11, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: horror
Read in January, 2010

The author said himself that "Lilla Stjärna" was his first novel that didn't include any supernatural ingredients. In my opinion, this isn't the whole truth, but the story relies more on human evil than monsters of any kind, and it does it good. The first part is a really tragic tale about a little weird girl with a pitch perfect voice, which is raised by a pathetic old couple of almost-has-been-famous musicians. The second part tells about a girl that's weird in another sense, she doesn't feel connected to the people around her, and when these two meet, something magic happens, which ends in carnage, to say the least.

Ajvide Lindqvist has already proved that he is a master at writing believable and likeable characters, and "Lilla Stjärna" is no exception from this. Although here, every character has a flaw in some way, but you still care for them even though they don't always make the best choices. The finale is, in all it's craziness, truly remarkable and something you'll remember for a long, long time.

A sad tale about two girls that doesn't really fit in, with amazingly written characters and a great craftmanship in storytelling.

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