Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Let the Right One In

Review by Anna Yardney

Oskar is the constant target of bullying at school, his parents have split up, and there has been a rash of murders confusing the local police and frightening everyone. In the midst of all this, a mysterious girl named Eli moves into his apartment building with a man who claims to be her father, but obeys her orders like a slave. When the two lonely children make a connection, Oskar has no idea that he will be dragged into the darkening world of murder, lies and secrets that surround his new friend.

John Lindqvist uses a small *Swedish suburb in the grips of winter for the background of this hypnotic story, dealing with themes of isolation, the dangers in our own back yard, and terrible choices made in the name of survival. Let the Right One In builds slowly, using multiple viewpoints with unforgiving language to create a landscape of faltering connections and an indifferent world.

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About the reviewer: Anna Yardney is a graduate of Drexel’s Master of Library Science program and has been working at Tredyffrin for four years. Her favorite authors include Jorge Borges, Italo Calvino and Catherynne Valente.

*Thanks to ‘C’ for pointing out an error in the original post where it stated that the book took place in Norway.