Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Let the Right One InLet the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve not read many vampire novels in recent years, however this is easily one of the best I have ever read. The story is very dark and touches upon some very sensitive matters, that some people might find very difficult to read; including sociopathy, psychopathy, relationships and paedophilia).

I think one of the best parts about this book is that it’s a very intimate tale about a few people living in a small town in Sweden in the 80’s, however there’s this added element of a vampire being in their midst.

One of the most interesting parts of the writing, is how a twist in the tale is handled after it has occurred. The language used to convey the protagonist’s view on the twist is interesting and well done. I can’t say too much without spoiling it for anyone who has never read the book, or seen the Swedish film adaptation (The American adaptation skips this element of the story completely).

The translation of the book from Swedish to English has been done expertly well by Ebba Segerberg, I don’t remember noticing any errors or issues in the writing.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading vampire novels that are dark, predatory with a deeper reflection on society and human interaction.

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