- Little Star
I have just finished reading “Little Star” by John Ajvide Lindqvist, a gripping novel translated from Swedish.
Where to begin?
Well, it starts off most curiously, with a man finding a baby wrapped in a plastic bag in a forest. She is almost dead but he brings her back to life. Her first sound is so magical and musical that he is spellbound by the child and takes her home. This one decision by one man changes the fate of the little girl, and indeed his own fate, that of his dysfunctional family and many others to come. The girl’s existence is unknown to the rest of the world and she is kept a secret and manipulated to believe that the outside world is dangerous to her. This first part of the book demonstrates the confusing mix of love and hate of the family who take the remarkable child into their care. It gives the reader the basis for the rest of the story, and it ends rather abruptly in a way which suddenly seems obvious from early on.
The second part introduces us to Teresa, a teenage girl who is struggling with her own identity and trying to fit in with her family, her peers and the world. She meets Theres, who both helps Teresa and leads her astray at the same time. She finally finds someone who understands, maybe more than she realises.
All the way through, there is the theme of music, with Theres’ family having careers in music, and Theres seems likely to follow in her determination to make music. She and Teresa form a duo and produce music. This introduces some fascinating characters, with the unpleasant music agent trying to take advantage of Theres’ singing talent. We also meet a group of girls who, despite being totally different, all come together with Theres and Teresa with one purpose.
Revenge is the name of the game, and several disturbing events lead up to the horrific finale!
I don’t want to give anything away but it is pretty disturbing and unpleasant in places so may be its not for the squeamish!
I quite like this novel because it is so gripping and fascinating that you can’t help but want to know how it ends, and you know it’s not going to be a happy ending! The hook is the story of the hidden child who is ultimately going be revealed to the world. In this case, it isnt for the reason you think! It also shows just how easy it is for young confused minds to be brainwashed by someone who is genuinely sincere about how the world works.
At the same time i don’t like it because it is genuinely disturbing in places and the actions by certain characters make you feel very strongly against that person. However, some of the characters are redeemed later on by their actions. I’ll let you guess who!
I give “Little Star” a 9/10 because it is original, thrilling and fascinating, but with a good dose of unpleasantness, disturbia and horror. I recommend it to anyone who doesnt mind something a bit horrific or disturbing! John Ajvide Lindqvist is an excellent writer and i thoroughly enjoyed this book, as i did “Let The Right One In”, and I will definitely keep reading his books!