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Harbor by John Ajvide Lindqvist
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Dec 03, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: adult, mystery, thriller, horror
Read in December, 2011

Harbor - John Ajvide Lindqvist
Publisher - Thomas Dunne Books
Pages: 512
Genre: Adult, Horror, Some Sexual content

My Thoughts:
This was a strange book. It starts with the disappearance of Maja. Then the majority of the book is told not as a flashback but as back-story. I mean we look back at the past with the present interspersed. It is an effective way to tell a story. They have listed this as a horror story but I thought of it more as a mystery or thriller. The book is about a Swedish island that is full of mysterious secrets known by a few. It includes a former magician that has bonded himself to a Spiritus, which is a centipede like creature. When he allows his saliva to touch the body of the Spiritus they have formed a bond and he has obtained some of the powers from the Spiritus. This is definitely one of those books that you can say nothing is as it seems. The story is not written in the usual chronological way, which adds to the mystery. It is told in a way that holds the reader. The people on the island love the sea and at the same time, you can tell they fear it on some level. The question is, why? For the answer to this, I would suggest you read the book. Maybe then you will find out why and how people, have for years just vanished. Perhaps you will find out the true power of the sea.

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