Author: John Ajvide Lindqvist
My Rating: 5/5
To sum up this book review in one sentence it would have to be that this is a real vampire novel.
Not meaning to bash Twihards, but this is what I would consider to be an excellent vampire story. (So no sparkling vampires or everyone falling head over heels in love with a girl that has virtually no personality.)
This is a vampire story that is raw, creepy and chilling. (With no Mary Sue protagonist, thank God.) Let the Right One In is not by any means for children or young teens. The novel covers issues such as bullying, pedophilia, prostitution, alcoholism and drug use, despite the fact our main characters are twelve years old. (Or have been twelve for a long time.) And do not think that these issues are simply glossed over, they are very detailed and incredibly disturbing.
The story itself was a a quick page turner for me and I didn’t find there to be any fluff or fillers. A truly classic horror story.
Let the Right One In is one of those books that clings onto you for a few days after you finish reading it; it is just that haunting.
I absolutely loved it, 5/5 hands down. This book is also in my Top 10 for best books I ever read, ever.
Seriously, I can’t highly recommend it enough.
Or if you are more of a movie person, there are two movie adaptions, the original Swedish version and the American version. Watch the Swedish one, the settings are better and the actors are more talented and portray their characters very well.
Here is a really good clip, one of my favourite scenes: