Harbor

Harbor

eBook - 2012
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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"--
Publisher: New York :, Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Griffin,, 2012
Edition: First St. Martin's Griffin edition
ISBN: 9781429995696
1429995696
Characteristics: 1 online resource (500 pages, 17 unnumbered pages)

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ryner
Nov 25, 2016

While trekking out across the frozen harbor from their island to the local lighthouse one winter day, Anders and Cecilia are shocked and devastated when they discover that their six-year-old daughter, Maja, has wandered off and somehow disappeared without a trace. The tragedy is disastrous to their relationship as well, leaving Anders a crushed and helpless version of his former self when he several years later decides to return to the island from the mainland. Almost immediately he begins to have a series of creepy, uncanny experiences, and moreover discovers that his daughter is not the only person to have disappeared.

The story was OK, and I was absorbed up until around the point where Elin enters the picture. I then became conscious that, as a reader, magical realism just doesn't do it for me, and the second half of the story was unsatisfying for that reason. I'd have a hard time categorizing 'Harbor' as horror, though it seems that Lindqvist is being hailed "the Stephen King of Sweden."

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NovelSally
Feb 17, 2013

Long and drawn out. I was interested by the notions and concept of the story, but overall found the entire package unsatisfying.

Maybea Jun 13, 2012

I love this author. Though I don't think the character development was as good as in his other novels, it is still a wickedly creepy story. It was murky, strange and subtle, just the way I like my horror. I think book would translate well to film...

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