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Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Let the Right One In: A Novel - John Ajvide Lindqvist

Swedish author Lindqvist’s first novel tells the story of Oskar, a smart but frustrated twelve-year-old boy who by virtue of having become the class bullies’ favorite target finds himself all but ostracized from his peers. That is, until a new girl about his own age moves into the next apartment, a girl whose windows are always blanketed during the day and who only comes out at night. Dark, intimate, occasionally disturbing vampire tale that, unfortunately, casts too wide a net, snaring a number of secondary characters who seem to exist primarily to define the nature of the vampire in ways Oskar’s tale alone cannot. At least, not without resorting to convention, which Lindqvist tries hard to avoid, even though it means opening up the narrative just when it ought to be tightening. Part social allegory (the characters are all low-income misfits whose coping mechanisms range from alcoholism and glue-sniffing to pedophilia), part vampire tale, Let the Right One In is ultimately best appreciated in terms of its unusual and creepy atmosphere rather than its plot.