[REVIEW] Little Star – John Ajvide Lindqvist

John Ajvide Lindqvist [Translator: Marlaine Delargy]
Little Star [originally published in Swedish as Lilla Stjärna]
Text (AU: 3rd October 2011); Quercus (UK: 30th August 2012); Macmillan Thomas Dunne (US: 2nd October 2012)
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When someone dies, a burst of red smoke escapes from the skull – this is the person’s essence. But one would only know this from first-hand experience.

They may be anti-heroines, but Theres and Teresa’s lives are compelling and creepy, horrific and at times unsettlingly real. Genuinely scary and surprising, Little Star is about childhood dysfunction pushed over the edge and the strength of female friendship triumphing above all else. It’s bleak, eerie, and unforgettable, building great suspense with the ultimate payoff. This is John Ajvide Lindqvist’s best work since Let the Right One In. Luckily, we only have to wait until late August for Lindqvist’s next work: Let the Old Dreams Die, a short story collection.

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