The storytelling in this book is breathtaking. A mesmerizing and complicated relationship is formed between two twelve year old children, one of which is a vampire, in a suburb of Stockholm. In the midst of a string of local murders, an intricate tapestry of incredibly developed characters all drifting along a bleak and tragic string of events that continues to culminate and climax every single page. The story is amazingly in depth, involved and executed. It’s horrifying, gut wrenching, and painstakingly emotional.
The book was adapted into a film of the same name in 2008, and despite the author writing the screenplay himself, the film version felt to me personally like a summary of a summary of the amazingly intricate story the novel tells. Very stripped down and void of all the amazing complexities that make the book so wonderful. If you’ve seen the movie and enjoyed it, this book will blow your mind. An Americanized version called “Let Me In” is scheduled for release this fall and looks to have even less in common with the novel.
will you be offended? It’s not gratuitous, but it does handle some very touchy subjects without flinching. If you’ve read Stephen King-edgey books, you can handle it.