Published by Thomas Dunne Books on December 28, 2004
It is autumn 1981 when the inconceivable comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenage boy is found, emptied of blood, the murder rumored to be part of a ritual killing. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last---revenge for the bullying he endures at school, day after day.
But the murder is not the most important thing on his mind. 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. There is something wrong with her, though, something odd. And she only comes out at night. . . .
Welcome to my new feature Up Late With Kate where I share the latest midnight read that keeps me reading past the witching hour! Light that candle, grab a chair, and prepare to read all night!
The Hubs and I watched both the Swedish and American versions of this movie last year. We both really enjoyed them, but like the book nerd that I am, I wanted more. So I immediately downloaded the book onto my Kindle once I realized that the movies were based on it. And then I read it right away.
Only not. I bought it right away, but it ended up joining the long, long list of unread books in my ereader and on my bookshelves. Seriously, I wonder if my TBR piles feel like they’re on some bookish version of the Island of Misfit Toys? I promise you, my paged beauties, I am planning on reading all of you! Just, you know, eventually.
Finally though, I was in the mood for a darker tale and I swear I could hear Eli tapping a morse code message from the inside cover of my Kindle. Who am I to resist the request of a character who just wants me to let them in?
The “more” I wanted out of the book, I most certainly got. More of Oskar and Eli, more fleshed out side characters, and more back story. Also, more violence, which was a little unexpected. Normally the movies are the ones adding in blood and gore and salacious detail, but if anything the movies are watered down versions of the book.
I can’t remember the last time I read such a great scary vampire tale! Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the sexy, suave vampires in my paranormal romances, but sometimes this Midnight Book Girl wants to see a vampire getting his or her fangs dirty, you know? Let The Right One In kept me reading even though I knew exactly how it would end. It sucked me in and had me reading past my bedtime, like a good book should.
Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist gets a Midnight Book Rating of: