Review: Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

let me inAlso known as “Let Me In,” this is another book that was made into a movie. Translated from the original Swedish, LTROI is a creepy vampire tale with many characters and interweaving plot lines. Protagonist, Oskar, is a young boy who is relentlessly bullied in school. He dreams of violently dealing with the bullies one day – and on the same night he acts out his most violent fantasy, a child is murdered in another town close by. Thinking the two events are connected, Oskar thinks he has a special power.

Meanwhile, the person truly responsible for the murder is a man named Hakan, who is bringing a supply of fresh blood to Eli, a vampire trapped in the body of a 12-year-old girl. They live in the apartment next door to Oskar. Eventually Eli reveals herself to Oskar and the two become friends. Eli and Oskar aren’t your typical heroes, but in this book, you will be rooting for the two of them. Their friendship crosses the lines, and you won’t be quite sure what to make of Eli’s sexuality, but nothing overtly inappropriate happens. Believe me, the relationship between the two of them is one of the least strange things in the book.

And then a lot of really weird, creepy stuff happens, including one of the characters dying and then coming back to life, a body appearing in the middle of a frozen lake, and more. I can only imagine how the drama plays out on the big screen. I’m not a big horror movie buff, but I may have to see if I can rent this one just to see how it compares.

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