Book Review: “Let the Right One In” by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Posted: March 1, 2011 in Book Reviews
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I have just finished reading “Let the Right One In” by John Ajvide Lindqvist, and i have to say it was one gripping novel!

It seems to be about Vampires, and believe me it is, but it also has themes of bullying, murder, revenge and so on. The two young protagonists Oskar and Eli are both equally intriguing characters, who despite being very different are drawn together in a sort of friendship which isnt always easy to define.

As well as this main plot, we have several other subplots where we meet several very difference characters who all have important roles in showing the reader the community-spirit and how it deals with the murders and so on.

The novel jumps around a bit, focusing on different characters and telling the story from their point of view. This makes for interesting reading, as we slowly piece together the storyline from each viewpoint.

The novel is brilliant, and unlike comparably pathetic Vampire novels like Twilight, it has much more darkness and depth to it, focusing more on the traditional vampire characteristic and twisting it a little bit. The novel is a little graphic in places and can be quite disturbing, but generally i think it is very well written and i definitely recommend it!

I give it 9/10, as it is totally original and has such a brilliant plot and fascinating characters. I suggest that if you like traditional vampire stories, mystery, fantasy and a bit of darkness, then you will love this nove. But if you are looking for another Twilight-type novel then you probably won’t like it so much, but if you want something deeper than that, then i’d say try it!


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