Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Little Star, by John Ajvide Lindqvist

(hb; 2012: translated from Swedish by Marlaine Delargy)

From the inside flap:

"A man finds a baby in the woods, left for dead.  He brings the baby home, and he and his wife raise the girl in their basement.  When a shocking and catastrophic incident occurs, the couple's son, Jerry, whisks the girl away to Stockholm to start a new life.  There, he enters her in a nationwide singing competition.  Another young girl who's never fit in sees the performance on TV, and a spark is struck that will ignite the most terrifying duo in modern fiction."


Excellent, hard-to-set-down and distinctive thriller from the author of the also-exemplary Let Me In and Handling the Undead (as well as the lesser-but-okay Harbor).

Worth owning, this. 

Fans of Stephen King, particularly top-shelf King (that is, pre-1985 King works), and Joe Hill should check Lindqvist's oeuvre out.

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