Let the Right One In

John Ajvide Lindqvist

fiction fantasy horror
dark mysterious tense slow-paced

513 pages | first published 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....

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dark 100%
tense 82%
mysterious 52%
sad 38%
challenging 29%
emotional 29%
adventurous 14%
reflective 11%
hopeful 2%


medium 68%
slow 18%
fast 12%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 60% | Character: 40%

Strong character development?

Yes: 60% | It's complicated: 26% | No: 13%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 41% | No: 37% | It's complicated: 20%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 78% | Yes: 13% | It's complicated: 8%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 80% | It's complicated: 9% | No: 9%

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