Book Review of “Let The Right One In” by John Ajvide Lindqvist


My TBR list is ridiculous right now but I’m slowly making my way through it. Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist is my most recent read. This book is a fiction horror story. Before I get into my review I just want to say that I did not like this book at all. I know that this book and the movie adaptation, which I haven’t seen, are very popular so if you love them that’s great. My negative opinion about this book shouldn’t change how you feel about it. It just didn’t meet my standards for what I find entertaining. With that out of the way we can get into the review.

*No Spoilers*

The Synopsis

Oskar is a lonely twelve year old boy living in Sweden. He is very intelligent but frequently bullied. Being bullied has caused him to be very interested in murders and violence because he sees those things as a way to be stronger than those hurting him. Coincidentally, there is a murder in the neighborhood shortly after new neighbors move in next door. His neighbors, a man and a girl, are very strange. Oskar rarely sees the man and the girl, Eli, only comes out at night. She may be strange but she is nice to Oskar and the two become friends. As Eli lets Oskar into her world he learns that what he thought was impossible, is possible and what should be horrific sometimes looks like a little girl.


My Thoughts

I didn’t enjoy this book for a few reasons but I will say it was well written and parts of it were entertaining but as a whole it just didn’t work for me. Here is my main four reasons for not liking this book:

  • Certain topics make me uncomfortable and I don’t like reading about them. That’s not the books fault, it’s just my personal preference. This books discusses pedophilia multiple times and in much more detail than I care to read about.
  • I felt as far as vampire stories go this one was just boring. Eli, and all the vampires mentioned, are just really weak. However, they are more “traditional” type vampires, so no Twilight sparkles or super-human good looks.
  • It leaves unanswered questions and I hate that. Super Spoilers: Why did Oskar choose to leave with Eli and not even tell his mom goodbye? Why did the vampire that turned Eli into a vampire make him (yes, Eli is actually a boy) into a eunuch? Did Oskar decide to become a vampire since he left with Eli?
  • Most of the characters were just annoying to me. I didn’t like or care about any of them.

Overall, this book was just really boring, not scary and the only thing creepy about it was all the pedophilia. Like I said above, it’s great if you loved this book. If you liked this book, didn’t like this book or just want to read this book, let me know about it! Thank you for reading and have a great day!

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