Let Me In, Paperback
5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Oskar and Eli. In very different ways, they were both victims. Which is why, against the odds, they became friends. And how they came to depend on one another, for life itself.

Oskar is a 12 year old boy living with his mother on a dreary housing estate at the city's edge.

He dreams about his absentee father, gets bullied at school, and wets himself when he's frightened.

Eli is the young girl who moves in next door. She doesn't go to school and never leaves the flat by day.

She is a 200 year old vampire, forever frozen in childhood, and condemned to live on a diet of fresh blood.

John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel is a unique and brilliant fusion of social novel and vampire legend, a deeply moving fable about rejection, friendship and loyalty.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
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  • Category: Horror & ghost stories
  • ISBN: 9780857382566



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A bullied young boy befriends the girl next door, who never appears during the day, can see in the dark, and has an unnerving relationship with the man people think is her father. Meanwhile, the community is preyed upon by a creature that drinks blood.This is a great horror novel. It doesn't move quickly, but there are moments that are really terrifying and the story is compelling. Of course it's about vampires, but these vampires are both based in the regular legend and also add their own details, which works. The characters are well developed and there's nothing predictable about it. I enjoyed the whole book, even when I was grimacing because it was gross. It seemed like nothing could be resolved and yet I liked the ending.This is a winner, particularly for a translated novel (sometimes something gets lost in the translation, but not here.)

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Oskar, a 12 year old boy, brought up by his mother, misses his father and is bullied at school. He meets Eli. young girl who moves in next door. She never goes to school, never goes out at night and is very pale and thin because she is a 200 year old vampire. They help each other to survive. Enjoyed this book. Never expected to find vampires in Sweden but I suppose they have to live somewhere. Very enjoyable read.

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