Let the Right One In: A Novel

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Macmillan, Oct 28, 2008 - Fiction - 480 pages
1198 Reviews

Let the Right One In Takes Top Honors at Tribeca Film Festival and is now an Award-winning movie in both the U.S. and Sweden!

It is autumn 1981 when inconceivable horror comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenager is found, emptied of blood, the murder rumored to be part of a ritual killing. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last---revenge for the bullying he endures at school, day after day.

But the murder is not the most important thing on his mind. A new girl has moved in next door---a girl who has never seen a Rubik's Cube before, but who can solve it at once. There is something wrong with her, though, something odd. And she only comes out at night. . . .Sweeping top honors at film festivals all over the globe, director Tomas Alfredsson's film of Let the Right One In has received the same kind of spectacular raves that have been lavished on the book. American and Swedish readers of vampire fiction will be thrilled!

Following the success in Sweden, this movie was remade starring Kodi Smit Mcpheem, Chloe Grace Moretz and Richard Jenkins under the new title Let Me In. The story has continued to reach new viewers in a London Musical and the book remains a vampire favorite among its readers.


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I enjoyed: the premise, plot, and main characters. - Goodreads
Too much profanity and crass horrible imagery. - Goodreads
Easy to read, and nice pacing. - Goodreads
Totally mediocre ending. - Goodreads
Gritty, beautiful writing. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Jody Mena - Goodreads

Rivetting, suspensful, at times heart breaking, and it felt very 'real'. There were a few loose ends that I felt weren't well tied up, but in a way that sort of contributed to the realness - life ... Read full review

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User Review  - Isabella Arrowsmith - Goodreads

Honestly this book was so good. Even if you don't like vampires, please check this book out. It's so good, completely horrific but also really sweet in some parts, and it has such an amazing range of really interesting characters. I was extremely impressed with this book. Read full review

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The Location
Lucky is he who has such a Friend
The Humiliation
Snow melting against skin
We are the troll company
Let the Right One Slip In
Friday 13 November

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About the author (2008)

John Ajvide Lindqvist's debut novel, Let the Right One In, was an instant bestseller in Sweden and was named Best Novel in Translation 2005 in Norway. The Swedish film adaptation, directed by Tomas Alfredsson, has won top honors at film festivals all over the globe, including Best Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival. An American remake, Let Me In, written and directed by Cloverfield director Matt Reeves, was released in October 2010 to rave reviews.

Lindqvist grew up in Blackeberg, a suburb of Stockholm and the setting for Let the Right One In. Wanting to become something awful and fantastic, he first became a conjurer, and then was a stand-up comedian for twelve years. He has also written for Swedish television. He lives in Sweden.

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