Harbor

Harbor

Book - 2011
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John Ajvide Lindqvist has taken the horror world by storm. His first novel, Let the Right One In , has been made into critically acclaimed films in both Sweden and in the U.S (as Let Me In). His second novel, Handling the Undead , is beloved by horror lovers everywhere. Now, with Harbor , a stunning and chilling masterpiece, Lindqvist firmly cements his place as the heir apparent to Stephen King.

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 they are exploring the lighthouse, Maja disappears - either into thin air or under thin ice -- leaving not even a footprint in the snow.

Two years later, Anders, a broken man, moves back to his family's abandoned home on the island. He soon realizes that Maja's disappearance is only one of many strange occurrences, and that his fellow islanders, including his own grandmother, know a lot more than they're telling. As he digs deeper, Anders begins to unearth a dark and deadly secret at the heart of this small, seemingly placid town.

As he did with Let the Right One In and Handling the Undead , John Ajvide Lindqvist serves up a blockbuster cocktail of high-tension suspense in a narrative that barely pauses for breath.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312680275
0312680279
Branch Call Number: F AJV NVD
Characteristics: 500 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Delargy, Marlaine

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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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