Book Review, Horror

REVIEW: Let the Right One In By John Ajvide Lindqvist


Synopsis from

“It is autumn 1981 when the inconceivable comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenage boy is found, emptied of blood, the murder rumored to be part of a ritual killing. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last—revenge for the bullying he endures at school, day after day.

But the murder is not the most important thing on his mind. A new girl has moved in next door—a girl who has never seen a Rubik’s Cube before, but who can solve it at once. There is something wrong with her, though, something odd. And she only comes out at night….”


A story of young love and vampires, but this book is far from Twilight. Gruesome, dark and chillingly innocent, if you want old school vampires with several fascinating twists this is the one for you.

I loved this book. I haven’t been a fan of vampires since Twilight came out and the genre fell into the toilet, but this book keeps to the scary, blood thirsty vampires that I know and love. The book also focuses on the innocence of childhood and makes the book that bit more threatening at times. It is beautifully written. The landscape the book is set in makes the characters seem very isolated, as though there is nothing beyond the situation they are in, but that could also be due to the character’s ages as children tend to be in their own little world.

Even though this book is written about twelve year olds, it is not a child friendly book at all. It is very adult, with graphic imagery, sexual themes and graphic references to pedophilia. So this is not a book for younger readers or those who are sensitive to that sort of material. If you can stomach the likes of the novel of Stephen King’s IT, you can probably handle this book.


I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars on This is the first vampire novel in a long time that I have actually enjoyed. If you love classic horror vampires and all things innocently creepy, you need to pick up this book.

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