From the author of the international and New York Times best seller Let the Right One In (Let Me In) comes this stunning and terrifying book which begins when a man's six-year-old daughter vanishes.
One ordinary winter afternoon on a snowy island, Anders and Cecilia take their six-year-old daughter, Maja, across the ice to visit the lighthouse in the middle of the frozen channel. While the couple explore the lighthouse, Maja disappears - either into thin air or under thin ice - leaving not even a footprint in the snow. Two years later, alone and more or less permanently drunk, Anders returns to the island to regroup. He slowly realizes that people are not telling him all they know; even his own mother, it seems, is keeping secrets. What is happening in Domaro, and what power does the sea have over the town's inhabitants?
As he did with Let the Right One In and Handling the Undead, John Ajvide Lindqvist serves up a blockbuster cocktail of suspense in a narrative that barely pauses for breath.
©2008 John Ajvide Lindqvist and ©2010 Marlaine Delargy (Translation) (P)2011 Macmillan Audio
“John Ajvide Lindqvist is rightly seen as one of the most exciting writers working in the horror genre at the moment - a rival, indeed, to Stephen King.” (TheScotsman.com )
Ultimately, the pacing of this book was too slow for me, and the core premise isn't interesting enough to merit my investment. Other people might enjoy this book, but to me it's just another Creepy Isolated Locals with Occult Secret tale stretched out very thin with a dash of pretentiousness.
I think I'll go into more science fiction. I've had several runs with disapointing horror recently.
He is good at bringing regional flavor and low-minded malice to characters.
On the whole it didn't satisfy me. It's not necessarily a bad book, but it took too long for me to reach an unsurprising turn of events.
No I wouldn't.
Ending was so boring......
Performance was so so. I listen to better.
No, not really
it seemed too bizarre and way too long for the actual story
I don't think so
Performance was ok
After listening to the incredible book "Let the Right One in" I had high hopes for "Harbor." Unfortunately the book was very slow and brooding; like a book on benzodiazepines under water (maybe that was the idea). Even the suspenseful moments were flat. The idea behind the story is a good one, but this one of the few times I felt a book could have used some pruning (usually I feel just the opposite). Toward the end of the story I found myself waiting for it to be over. Never the less I will still read or listen to more books written by John Ajvide Lindqvist.
I rarely if ever write reviews since most of what I read or listen to is not worth the time. This story was however, a wonderful surprise. In addition to having quite a unique and intriguing concept, the execution was excellent as well as the narration.
An old idea was given a new perspective and that concept was developed very well. Additionally, it provided me with a very interesting view of life in Sweden.
This narrator is by far the best I've heard out of the dozens of audiobooks I've listened to over the years. He had the ability to very naturally transition from character-to-character without "overdoing" any of them. He was also one of the most accurate readers I've heard. I could not identify even one word mis-spoken or mis-read.
I listen to audiobooks during my sometimes long commutes to and from work everyday. There were many days I found myself losing track of how I made it into work or home going on "autopilot" for the drive while paying in-depth attention to the book. There were also many-a-evening where I sat in my garage for a time listening until my wife popped-in to let me know dinner was ready.
All-in-all, an excellent listen. I'm certain that in the not too distant future I will be listening to this story again which I've never done with any other audiobook.
This book draws you in to a very strange and "other-wordly" place, much like John Fowles in the Magus. Very good read.
Each character is very well developed. This is the type of book that makes you miss it when you are done.
All three lead characters were great.
Hope the movie can live up to the book!
Could not follow story line. Started the book over 3 times! Story seemed out of sequence
Couldn't find any
If you can follow a question that never gets answered then yes I would recommend this dream.
Yes a lovely voice to hear
The disappearance in the first chapter, left me confused and angry for more!
The town of freaks.that inhibit this world
I wish the stories were either tighter or looser but as written they never have a chance to either totally connect or live on their own I would have preferred less obvious connections and more mystical relevations, there is no need to wrap an enigma in reality!
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