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November 26, 2008 / schulerbooks

Review: Let the Right One In by John Lindqvist

Being dubbed the “Stephen King of Sweden” is slightly dubious praise – are we talking the spine-tingling King of the ‘70s and ‘80s or the often-off-the-mark King of later years? Having anxiously read John Lindqvist’s debut novel Let the Right One In before its hardcover release last year, I can assure that this book hearkens back to King at his best.

Originally released in English translation under the title “Let Me In,” the book has since been redubbed to coincide with the Swedish film currently showing in major metropolitan theaters to very good reviews. The story is an eerie exploration of the burgeoning friendship between a neophyte psychopath who dreams of becoming a murderer and the strange kid who moves into his apartment complex — and who only seems to emerge at night. Fans of Twilight should give a REAL vampire story a chance. They’ll never know what hit ‘em.

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  1. Matuza / Nov 29 2008 1:17 am

    I’ve read the available preview of the “Let Me In” version available at Google Books and I’m anxiously waiting for my copy of “Let The Right One In”. Unfortunately it will still take a month to arrive here in Brazil. I was already able to fall in love with the story and it’s characters just from reading Google’s preview. I suppose we will see lots of translations to other languages popping out by the time Matt Reeves’ remake of the swedish film arrives. I’ll be pleased in reading it again, this time in portuguese. 🙂

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