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Set in 1983, Let Me In is the horrific tale of Oskar and Eli. It begins with the grizzly discovery of the body of a teenage boy, emptied of blood. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last - revenge for all the bad things the bullies at school do to him, day after day.

While Oskar is fascinated by the murder, it is not the most important thing in his life. 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. They become friends. Then something more. But there is something wrong with her, something odd. And she only comes out at night....

©2004 John Ajvide Lindqvist (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Lindqvist develops the plot in rich detail. The characters, adult and child, are quite convincingly the sort that one would probably cross the street to avoid in any city." (Booklist)

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Hard to put down

After seeing the Swedish version of the movie, which I liked, but which was somewhat slow paced and a little disjointed, and after reading a couple of the reviews, I was worried about purchasing this book, but I'm glad I did. It's more a story about relationships than it is about vampires, and the book cleared up some questions I had about what was going on in the movie.

The book is about children and does include child molestation, but that's not the central theme of the book; nor did the author dwell on it, as a couple of the reviews seemed to insinuate. Such things happen, and avoiding mention of them isn't going to make them go away.

I like this book; the narrator is good, too.

31 of 33 people found this review helpful

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THE EARTH SHALL DRINK HIS BLOOD

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This would have made a great ten hour book. Instead it was somewhere around 16. The book is not divided into chapters, but into days. It starts with about four main characters. On each day we switch from character to character. The switching is often abrupt and usually takes you a minute to realize that characters have changed. This takes some real listening. Do not think you can do any other activity while listening or you will be lost. It was weird and it was different and for the first 15 days I thought it was a great book. It is a very slow moving book. The characters were interesting enough to keep my attention. About the 16th day we add another character and less time is spend with the initial characters that you have grown use to. The story gets even slower. After 16 days I started losing interest in the characters. I lost so much interest that after another 8 days in the book I gave up. There was still over seven hours left in the book, and I knew they were just going to be back ground noise. This was a debut novel and it really needed an editor. Great start, bad follow thru.

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN.

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Unusual theme but a great story.

This is the most unusual story I have read in a long time. If you have seen either the Swedish film, based on this book or the more recent American remake the book will explain what was not revealed in either film. If you enjoyed either version of the films you must read this book!

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Saw the movies. The book is different

Drawn to this book by the movies. Neither of the movies are close to the pace and shock of the book. I enjoyed how the writer draws you in by not telling you what happens until you see the aftermath of any event.

Definitely not for the faint of heart for vampire readers. Gets into the "reality" of what a vampire body is about. Similar to the movies, I like the explanation of what happens if a vampire enters into a room without being asked to enter.

Good Times!

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Exceptional!

One of the very best vampire books ever! I literally could not put it down. The narrator was among the best, too. I'd not seen or heard any other works by Lindquist, but his dedication to intricate detail and depth of comprehension of the mind of a pre-teen adolescent was awe inspiring. His insightful treatment of the elderly characters was splendid. I will recommend this to all of my friends...even the ones who don't have a taste for the horrific. Great literature! Go Swedes.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Tim
  • United States
  • 07-11-12

Mature Writing vs. Puberty Materials

After watching the American version of the movie, I really wanted to read the book. It's been on the back burner for a while and I finally broke down and purchased the title. This is not my first introduction of this author. I have read, "Handling the Undead", which was good, but "Let Me In" is what I was waiting for to become a fan of his writing.

Unlike the typical horror story, Lindqvist writes at if it's almost like a dark drama, love story, but without the tween saga. The thriller will gripe you in, where you can't stop turning the pages, or in my case, couldn't stop listening. I usually don't read the book after watching the movie, but in this case, I just knew that the book would be excellent.

This is one of my favorite reads in a while simply because the author could had wrote this book to please teen pop culture, with yucky vampire love and your typical fairy tale, but he didn't. Lindqvist used his own twisted imagination, where the puppy love between the vampire girl and the boy, is not the center point of the plot, but it's a background drop of the story.

After reading this book, one can understand mature writing versus adolescent puberty materials, from the same vampire genre.

The cat scene is awesome. I just wished that it was written in the movie also.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A very good read!

I was drawn in early to the story, and it kept me interested until the very end. My only complaint is that the book puts a charactor twist on the young vampire, that the movies or other reviews fail to recognize or acknowledge. I happen to think this twist made the story line less enjoyable, but at least be true to the book when using it elsewhere. I think Lindqvist was trying to make some kind of social statement, but it didn't need to be made here. Worth the credit though.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Awesome!

The best audio book I've ever listened to. I found myself getting up in the night to listen because I had to know what happened next. Very well told. Dark and disturbing - to the extreme at points because it's just so well told. I was immersed. This isn't your bubble gum vampire story. Loved it.

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  • Andrew
  • Portland, OR, United States
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Slow Paced Thriller

If you are looking for a fast pace horror novel look else where, this book is slow and at times frustrating. However ultimately it tells an interesting story and is well worth a listen for those who have some patience.


Being set in the '80s is an odd choice but with all the references to Rubik's cubes and leather vests it can be amusing and awkward at times. This story is more about the relationships of the characters than the horror of vampires and this is what helps it stand out as different and worthwhile.


On a technical note I had some issues where the first part would play each chapter twice, this may be isolated to my iPhone as downloading the file again did not help. Also, while I initially did not feel that the narrator was right for the book I soon got past it as the quirkiness of his accent fits in eventually.

15 of 19 people found this review helpful

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the movie was much better than the book.

It was decent, but the pedo overtones were way more disturbing than the vampires. Also the author cut away from action moments. Reader is good. Movie is better than the book because it focussed on the good parts and trimmed the nonsense out

2 of 2 people found this review helpful