Let the Right One In: A Novel

Paperback | October 28, 2008

byJohn Ajvide LindqvistTranslated byEbba Segerberg

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Let the Right One In Takes Top Honors at Tribeca Film Festival and is now an Award-winning movie in both the U.S. and Sweden!

It is autumn 1981 when inconceivable horror comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenager 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. . . .Sweeping top honors at film festivals all over the globe, director Tomas Alfredsson's film of Let the Right One In has received the same kind of spectacular raves that have been lavished on the book. American and Swedish readers of vampire fiction will be thrilled!
Following the success in Sweden, this movie was remade starring Kodi Smit Mcpheem, Chloe Grace Moretz and Richard Jenkins under the new title Let Me In. The story has continued to reach new viewers in a London Musical and the book remains a vampire favorite among its readers.

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Let the Right One In Takes Top Honors at Tribeca Film Festival and is now an Award-winning movie in both the U.S. and Sweden!It is autumn 1981 when inconceivable horror comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenager is found, emptied of blood, the murder rumored to be part of a ritual killing. Twelve-year-old Oskar is ...

John Ajvide Lindqvist's debut novel, Let the Right One In, was an instant bestseller in Sweden and was named Best Novel in Translation 2005 in Norway. The Swedish film adaptation, directed by Tomas Alfredsson, has won top honors at film festivals all over the globe, including Best Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival. An Ame...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8.17 × 5.54 × 1.25 inPublished:October 28, 2008Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312355297

ISBN - 13:9780312355296

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Absolutely loved it. It got a bit boring in some parts but still was great. Very thrilling. I even had a dream about it.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read A beautiful, tragic look at childhood, bullying, and everlasting life as an adolescent. This is one of those books that will stay with you after reading and deserves space on your bookshelf. You know something is good when it gets made into a film both in Europe and in the USA.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting This remains one of my favorite novels years after reading. The narrative structure is well done, the characters are compelling, and it takes unexpected turns as it progresses. It's sweet, horrific and compelling all at once. Lindqvist's other novels are good too but this remains his best.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful read for vampire fans ***CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!*** A while ago, my husband and I watched the movie Let the Right One In, which was based on the book written by John A. Lindqvist, on the recommendation of a favourite singer of mine, Terami Hirsch. The problem was that we had a version of the movie that had English dubbing, rather than subtitles. I thought this would be a good thing since my husband is very anti-subtitles (I, on the other hand, can handle foreign films), so I didn’t think it would be that bad. Boy, was I wrong. The dubbing was the worst English dubbing I had ever heard for a movie. Some of the male characters sounded like girls and it all seemed too much like a version of Coronation Street – light and fluffy – rather than one of the best horror movies of the year. So, when I bought the book, I was hesitant to read it. I picked it up a few times, but immediately put it down in favour of something else. When the day came that I decided to read Let the Right One In, without putting it down, I couldn’t have been happier. From page one, this was an amazing book. I had never read any older vampire books. I do have some Anne Rice and some Bram Stoker on my shelves, but I have definitely been pulled into this genre by way of young adult fiction. That being said, while I saw the movie, I was still not prepared for what I was about to read. There is a fair amount of gore in the novel, though it’s not an obscene goriness – in a way it’s almost tasteful (if that’s possible). I learned not to read this book while eating because Lindqvist can get very descriptive. However, the book is balanced out nicely by both humour and a love story. Oskar, a young boy who is constantly bullied at school is longing for a backbone so he can stand up for himself. He finds a knife and decides to take out his anger on a tree in the courtyard of his housing complex. One day he meets Eli, a young girl who moved into his complex who is drawn to Oskar. Even though Eli tells Oskar that they shouldn’t become friends and that Oskar should stay away from her, the two become friends, seeing each other nightly in the courtyard and talking via morse code through the walls of their apartments. Of course, it is later found out that Eli isn’t what she says she is. It’s almost romantic, in a way, when Eli talks to Oskar about why she has to kill people. While she says that Oskar would like to kill the boys who bully him if he had the chance, Eli says that she has no choice. She needs to kill people in order to live. She says she is not a vampire, but rather lives on blood. This doesn’t seem to bother Oskar too much until Eli’s blood-getter servant, Håkan, gets caught trying to capture a boy for blood and Oskar is the only person Eli has to turn to while Håkan – horribly disfigured after dousing himself in 100 proof acid – turns into some kind of zombie with a permanent hard on. Oskar’s’ main concern is to protect Eli while other peoples’ worlds crumble around them as Håkan is on the pursuit to also find Eli. Love, mystery, murder, vampires, zombies, coming of age, bullying, terror, gore, humour – Let the Right One In has it all. I didn’t find the story to be too slow – there’s a lot going on that keeps the reader interested. Even though I had seen the movie, I was on my toes during the last half of the book, wondering what was going to happen. Shortly after finishing the novel, I decided to watch the real version of the movie with English subtitles. I absolutely loved it. When it was over, I was sad to have lost that connection with Eli and Oskar, but happy that I found a new movie to add to my favourites. A few things confused me, though – Why did the movie makers decide to change Virginia’s name to Tania? Or Jonny’s name to Conny? And why did Conny seem so … feminine? Why did they leave out one of my favourite parts in the book – when Oskar is close to being killed at the pool and Eli has to ask someone to invite her in in order to save him? The ending also confused me. In the movie, it seemed that Oskar was not a vampire, but instead decided to leave with Eli as a friend. In the book, it seems vague on whether or not he was turned into a vampire. The book and movie were both wonderful – all the right parts (minus the real “let the right one in” part at the end of the novel) were present in the movie. I will say this – Twilight will seem like unicorns and fairies compared to Let the Right One In. Read only if you’re ready for a REAL vampire story.
Date published: 2012-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Engaging & Entertaining I read this book after watching the Swedish film adaptation hoping for more insight into Eli's character, i and wasn't disappointed. All of the characters are well written but i was enthralled with Eli's story and some of the themes around gender and transgression. The gruesome descriptions in the book either added a new dimension to the visual images of the film or completely surpassed them. Lindqvist has a gift for conjuring up the horrific. I never expected what would happen with Hakan, so if you've already seen the film, there are still lots of unexpected and entertaining twists to the novel.
Date published: 2011-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very different kind of vampire novel Let The Right One In is like nothing I have ever read before. The story is creepy, disturbing and truly gory at parts - it is definitely nothing like the vampire fiction that is popular right now. The many characters are each well developed and are wonderfully flawed and the story evolves in a way that I never would have expected. I'm not normally a fan of horror novels but I would definitely read another of Lindqvist's novels just to enjoy the fabulous writing and story telling. I also caught the swedish movie adaptation and (as always) the book was far better.
Date published: 2010-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Horrible movie adaptation Prior to picking up this book at Chapters I had never heard of this story, the author, or the movie so I had no expectations. Once I started reading this it was hard to put down! The author has created a cast of characters each with such depth and history that the reader is pulled into the story until the very last page. That being said, I went out and rented the movie after finishing this and I was so disappointed. In my opinion this movie butchered the novel! Characters that played a large part in building up the plot in the novel were entirely left out of the movie, and pivotal moments in the book, including the most shocking part of the books climax is left out as well. My memory of this book has become tainted by the movie adaptation.
Date published: 2009-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Truly creepy I did see the movie before I read the book, and was impressed in retrospect with the adaptation. The book, of course, still surpasses the movie. I confess that I was glad to discover the motivations behind some of the actions of the characters which had been, in the film version, a little ambivalent. I also found that the characters that were trimmed for the screen added much to Oskar's story. Definitely a must read for horror fans, and for anyone fortunate enough to have seen the film version who found themselves wanting more when they left the theatre.
Date published: 2009-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This movie is the bomb. I think this movie was so awesome. It was so graphic and I couldn't keep my eyes off of it. I can't wait to get the book. The only problem is i have no idea where to get it. If anyone has a clue to where i might be able to get my hands on it around the Vancouver area do email me at gunot_4_ever@hotmail.com. I would also want to buy the movie. People if you get the chance to see this movie, WATCH IT! It's just very entertaining. It tells a story of a boy(Oskar) who has some troubles with bullies at school. He soon meets a girl named Elli, who is actually a vampire. She teaches him to stand up for himself. They both find out that they have feelings for each other.
Date published: 2008-10-09

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"It's easy to compare Lindqvist to Clive Barker and Neil Gaiman." -Dagens Næringsliv (Norway)"Sweden's Stephen King...a classic tale of horror." -Tucson Citizen"A brilliant take on the vampire myth, and a roaring good story." -Kelley Armstrong, bestselling author of Haunted"Absolutely chilling. This page-turner grabs you from the onset and just won't let go. Vampires at their Anne Ricean best!" -L. A. Banks, author of Bite the Bullet and the Vampire Huntress series