Throwback Thursday is a book meme created by Renee (itsbooktalk) as a way to share your old favourites and reminisce about why you loved them so much.
This week I have chosen Let the Right One in by John Ajvide Lindqvist, which I read before watching both film adaptations. All three were terrifying!
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….
Why I love this book
This book was recommended to be by my brother and I think it was before the release of the American film adaptation. Before I even started the book I was freaked out! There was a snapshot of the Swedish film adaptation on the back cover of my edition and it showed a man hanging upside-down from a tree, the blood presumably being drained from his body. I’m not sure why, but this picture sent chills down my spine.
Oskar is an empathetic character who is raised by his single mother and is bullied at school. I found myself wanting revenge on his bullies just as much as he did. He finally makes a friend in his new neighbour, a young girl named Eli living with whom he presumes to be her father. It’s no big mystery really what is really going on with her but the book doesn’t really focus too much on that, instead it explores the blooming friendship between the two, which is quite enjoyable. And I can safely say that the ending is quite satisfying!