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Little Star by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Little Star (original 2010; edition 2012)

by John Ajvide Lindqvist (Author), Marlaine Delargy (Translator)

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Title:Little Star
Authors:John Ajvide Lindqvist (Author)
Other authors:Marlaine Delargy (Translator)
Info:Quercus (2012), London, Paperback, 632p.
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Tags:horror, fiction

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Little Star by John Ajvide Lindqvist (2010)




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A very eerie book, disturbing, terrifying from time to time.
I have quite a vivid imagination and this book got my brain working overtime. Mostly by convincing me that this is just a book, 'only' fiction. For what is described, could easily happen. Maybe not on purpose, but, just like in the book, as a product of circumstances, as a result of obvious choices that could not turn out any other way than it did.
That's what frightened me most. The logical following of events, like one thing leads to another, to yet another, to another and than to the inevitable outcome. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Jun 26, 2014 |
I cannot add anymore after reading Colin Leslie's review which is perfect.

Just to say with this fourth book John Ajvide Lindqvist has confirmed that he is up there among the best literary horror writers. The author has really got inside the mind of a depressed, angsty teenaged girl and with the disturbing cult aspect he shows how easily disaffected, socially isolated people can be drawn in where there is such a charismatic leader.

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  jan.fleming | May 2, 2013 |
Meh. This would've been a far better book if he'd skipped the preface, since that made the eventual outcome fairly obvious. Let the Right One In was a far superior work. This one had some good bits, but overall, I didn't feel that it brought anything new to the table. ( )
  hairball | Mar 20, 2013 |
Little Star is Lindqvist's most disturbing work in a while. It creeps up on you, and he does a great job bringing you along at his pace. This isn't King and his verbosity, Lindqvist has written this length because he needs you to understand. Difficult read, primarily because this is his least supernatural work, the most based in reality that makes it a tough read at times. But all in all easily his best book since Let the Right One In. ( )
  erikschreppel | Dec 31, 2012 |
Lindqvist is one of my favorite writers of all time. He has a way of writing horror stories that are slowly disturbing you as you read more, and are more horrific thinking back on it than when you are reading it. I also think he shows the human side of everything very well in his stories.
This is a story about a failed artist couple. The man finds a baby in the woods, and while she is completely silent, she can sing or hum perfect notes. She grows up as a strange little girl. Very quiet, and without much understanding of the real world. This is because of her strange upbringing and because of who she is. The first part of the book is about her growing up, and the people around her discovering her true character. The second part shows how she connects to other young girls looking for something in life. The last part shows the terrible but inevitable conclusion of the story.
This story is truly disturbing, mostly because the girls are not that abnormal. This isn't about supernatural monsters, but the monsters in us all. The written horrific events (trying not to spoil here) I found very disgusting, but they need to be there. Five out of five stars, and Lindqvist remains high on my list. ( )
  divinenanny | Nov 9, 2012 |
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Delargy, MarlaineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Henning J. GundersenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sybesma, EdithTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Lennart Cederström was walking in the forest when he saw it. A baby girl lying in a plastic bag.

Horrified, he rushed to give her the kiss of life. But what happened next changed his life forever. Her first breath was something astonishing — a perfect musical note. For an aging singer, this incredible chile was irresistible, and Lennart could only hurry her home and take her into his care.

Fearing the watchful eyes of the authorities, Lennart decided to hide his foundling daughter from view. So he and his wife kept her in their basement.

Was what she became Lennart's fault for choosing to hide her? Did the person who abandoned her in the woods know something terrible lay in her future? Or was it just a trick of fate to turn the little star into the most terrifying thing imaginable?

In this, John Ajvide Lindqvist's fourth masterpiece, he effortlessly ratchets up the tension until the story reaches its terrible conclusion. In so doing, he confirms his place as the undisputed new king of horror.


One autumn day in 1992, former pop singer Lennart Cederström finds something unexpected in the forest — a baby girl in a plastic bag, partially buried. He gives her the kiss of life, and her first cry astounds him; it is a clear, pure musical note. He takes her to his wife and persuades her that they should keep this remarkable child.

But the baby becomes a strange girl, made more unusual by their decision to hide her in their basement to keep her from the prying eyes of government departments. When she reaches puberty, a terrifying scene sees her kill both her parents.

When her scheming adopted brother returns to find her over their bodies, he seizes the opportunity and enters her into an X Factor-style talent competition. She quickly becomes famous. In spite of this, she remains very lonely, until she befriends another damaged girl on the internet. They form a powerful bond and soon create a growing gang of other disgruntled girls and, calling themselves the Wolves, they set out to take revenge for all they've ever suffered.

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Rescuing and raising an abandoned baby girl in the woods, a man enters the child in a singing competition when she develops an astonishingly beautiful voice, a performance that leads to the girl's encounter with another youngster with whom she triggers ahorrifying force.… (more)

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