Let Me In

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Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Author: Lindqvist, John Ajvide

Title: Let Me In

Genre: Horror

Publication Date: 2004; translation 2007

Number of Pages: 472

Geographical Setting: Blackeberg, Sweden

Time Period: October 21 through November 13, 1981

Series: N/A

Plot Summary: Twelve year old Oskar is a lonely boy, friendless and bullied, with an overbearing mother and an eerie fascination with gruesome murders (he even keeps a scrapbook full of newspaper clippings). Nothing ever seems to happen in Oskar’s town until a boy Oskar’s age is found brutally murdered in the forests outside a nearby town. Most of the people in Blackeberg are terrified but Oskar is excited by the prospect of a real murderer. The night he finds out about the murder Oskar also meets one of his new neighbors, a mysterious child called Eli. As Oskar and Eli build a relationship, the murders in the area increase. Terrifying and bittersweet, Let Me In combines elements of a traditional vampire story with a coming of age tale. Relentless in pace but absorbing and compelling, this novel will appeal to readers of horror as well as those who enjoy character driven works with multiple intriguing individuals.

Subject Headings: Vampires-fiction

Appeal: Compelling, deliberate, relentless, chilling, foreboding, eccentric characters, character centered, violent, stark, sophisticated language, dark, creepy, disturbing, bittersweet

3 terms that best describe this book: Dark, relentless, bittersweet

Similar Authors and Works:

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors: Jenkins, Mark Vampire Forensics: Uncovering the Origins of an Enduring Legend (examines vampires in history and literature); Lang, Robert Boomburbs: The Rise of America’s Accidental Cities (how suburbs play a role in people’s lives and upbringing); Brown, Andrew Fishing in Utopia: Sweden and the Future that Disappeared (a memoir of a small town in Sweden in the late twentieth century).

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors: Mankell, Henning Faceless Killers (Swedish setting, character driven); Butler, Octavia Fledgling (the “coming of age” story of a vampire); Ketchum, Jack The Girl Next Door (horror story with children as protagonists)

Meg Cichantk

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