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Harbour by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Harbour (original 2008; edition 2011)

by John Ajvide Lindqvist

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Authors:John Ajvide Lindqvist
Info:Quercus Books (2011), Paperback, 528 pages
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Harbor by John Ajvide Lindqvist (2008)

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How can a child just vanish into thin air? That' is indeed the question surrounding six-year-old Meja's disappearance while visiting the llighthouse with her parents. Three years later a man moves into the village and soon discovers that many strange happenings have taken place before and after Meja's disappearance. This book really had atmosphere. You could feel the anguish and fear. A really scary trip. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Like many people, I was introduced by ‘Let the Right One In.’ A disturbing, masterful film – and an even more disturbing book. This is the second book I’ve read by Lindqvist and, well, it’s good. It’s a well-crafted murder-thriller-horror novel with the dark elements often associated with Scandinavian crime fiction. However, it didn’t quite live up to my (admittedly, rather high) expectations.

A young family is spending a seemingly-idyllic winter vacation on a tiny, remote Scandinavian island when, on a sightseeing trip out to a lighthouse, six-year-old Maja disappears. A couple of years later, this event has destroyed the relationship of Maja’s parents; her father is stuck in a haze of obsessive, alcoholic depression, and he returns to his cabin on the island to keep the memory of his daughter alive. Indeed, he seems haunted – almost possessed – by his certainly-gone child. At first this seems nothing more that the grief of a man whom tragedy has pushed over the brink – but the elders of the island seem to know more than they’re telling. Thinking back – why did one old man warn that being out at the lighthouse was a bad idea? Does something ancient and evil lurk in these cold Scandinavian waters?

The strengths of this book really lie in the portrayals of the facades that people create, and how we can even fool ourselves into believing in an idyllic fantasy. As the book progresses, Lindqvist tears down layer after layer to reveal a human darkness. However, the supernatural elements, I felt, were a bit weaker. I felt it was aiming for a Lovecraftian sense of unexplained chthonic horror, but at times it just seemed vague, and weak in comparison to the psychological elements of the story. I have to admit getting a kick out of the malevolent ghostly Smiths fans, though.
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  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
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  JosieRivers | Dec 28, 2014 |

Ha you thought it was going to be awesome like this? You were wrong. This book is so slow and surreal. I had to force myself to finish it. I liked Let the Right One In, but this book was so boring. ( )
  lesindy | Nov 1, 2014 |
Unfortunately, I am unable to write a full review of John Ajvide Lindqvist's Harbor due to other pressing writing commitments at this particular time, but I feel I should clarify my 5 star rating in this case since I do give top marks to a fair proportion of books I've rated here.

Quite simply, this is easily one of the best horror novels I've ever come across in over 20 years of reading and loving this genre. Eerily, I just read one of the only other authors I've ever come across who can produce this caliber of horror novel within 24 hours of my amazing experience with this one! I speak specifically of [b:NOS4A2|15729539|NOS4A2|Joe Hill|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1369591617s/15729539.jpg|21408527] by Joe Hill (for which masterpiece I am leaving an identical review as soon as I finish typing this first version).

Only Stephen King can take over and stretch my imagination like this freaky authorial duo just did -- in their quite different stories and literary styles! I recommend this book very enthusiastically.

I am indebted to Becky Lejeune, who gave away both of these novels on her delightful book review blog(spot), No More Grumpy Bookseller. ( )
  kara.shamy | Jan 9, 2014 |
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Den stockholmske skjærgården beskrives stort sett alltid som en idyll med strålende solskinn og blått hav og uendelige, late sommerdager. Men det var før John Ajvide Lindqvist skrev en bredt anlagt skrekkroman fra Roslagen, ei bok som kaster lange, mørke skygger over både farbror Melker og Evert Taube.
added by annek49 | editDagbladet, Kurt Hanssen (Dec 17, 2008)
De dødes hav : «Menneskehavn» er nok en strålende roman fra John Ajvide Lindqvist, en velopplagt, potent fortelling som er både grøssende og rørende.
Skumlest av alt er kjærligheten : Hvem skulle tro at skrekkindustriens språk kan brukes til å skrive en uhyre effektfull og gripende roman om grenseløs kjærlighet?
Existentiell grundforskning : SORG OCH SAKNAD Trots gengångare och magi är skräckinslagen nedtonade i John Ajvide Lindqvists nya roman. Hans perfekta gehör för miljöer och stämningar går igen från de tidigare romanerna ­liksom förmågan att berätta
Människohamn hakar tag direkt, och en föreställningsvärld där liv kräver död, offer sin belöning och brott straffar sig verkar lika rimlig som den förtvivlade pappans övertygelse om att dottern finns kvar i det skeva huset de bodde i på ön, och meddelar sig med honom på olika rörande sätt.

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Ingemar Pettersson (1938-1998)
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För tretusen år sedan var Domarö bara en stor, flat sten som stack upp ur vattnet, krönt av ett flyttblock som isen hade lämnat efter sig.
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They only stopped watching her for a matter of minutes. Which was all it took.

On a clear winter's day, Anders took his wife and feisty six-year-old, Maja, for a walk from his home on the island across the frozen sea to the lighthouse at Gavasten. There was no one for miles around, so they stayed to admire the view while Maja struck out alone.

They never saw her again.

Two years later and Anders' wife has left him, he's an unemployable alcoholic, so he returns to what's left of his family on the island. Moving back to the hut where he'd been staying with Maja that last time, he soon begins to feel a presence in the house. Could Maja be trying to communicate with him? Someone — or something — is leaving him messages and he can feel them getting stronger.

Before long, it's not just a feeling and Anders starts seeing people who've been missing for years. Is it the drink or is he going mad?

When he realizes Maja's is just the last in a long line of disappearances and that his fellow islanders know a lot more than they'll admit, he digs deeper and unearths a dark and deadly secret at the heart of the community — an ancient evil, which he'll be forced to awaken if he's going to find out the fate of his beloved daughter.
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"From the author of the international and New York Times bestseller Let the Right One In (Let Me In) comes this stunning and terrifying book which begins when a man's six-year-old daughter vanishes.One ordinary winter afternoon on a snowy island, Anders and Cecilia take their six-year-old daughter Maja across the ice to visit the lighthouse in the middle of the frozen channel. While the couple explore the lighthouse, Maja disappears -- either into thin air or under thin ice -- leaving not even a footprint in the snow. Two years later, alone and more or less permanently drunk, Anders returns to the island to regroup. He slowly realises that people are not telling him all they know; even his own mother, it seems, is keeping secrets. What is happening in Domaro, and what power does the sea have over the town's inhabitants? As he did with Let the Right One In and Handling the Undead, John Ajvide Lindqvist serves up a blockbuster cocktail of suspense in a narrative that barely pauses for breath"--… (more)

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