- Hardcover: 512 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; Reprint edition (October 11, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312680279
- ISBN-13: 978-0312680275
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.6 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 96 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,502,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
JOHN AJVIDE LINDQVIST is the author of Handling the Undead and international sensation Let the Right One In, which has been made into critically acclaimed films in both Sweden and the United States (as Let Me In). The Swedish film based on the book, for which Lindqvist wrote the screenplay, won top honors at the Tribeca Film Festival, as well as at film festivals around the globe. Of the American film, Stephen King commented, "Let Me In is a genre-busting triumph. Not just a horror film, but the best American horror film in the last twenty years...Rush to it now. You can thank me later."
Lindqvist became an author after careers as a magician and as a stand-up comic. He has also written for television. His books are published in twenty-nine countries; he lives in Sweden.
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Although the story does change perspectives throughout the chapters, the main focus of the story is on a man named Anders. Two years prior to present day, he and his wife and his daughter were visiting a lighthouse near the island that Cecilia and Anders had sort of grown up on. Anders’ father was from the island and he would visit him most summers. While this little family is at the lighthouse, their daughter (Maja) disappears. She didn’t fall through the ice or drown. Her footsteps lead off on the ice and then simply disappear. Two years later, after being separated from his wife and binge drinking daily, he comes back to the island. It seems that his daughter isn’t the only one to disappear under mysterious circumstances. There’s more going on, on this island, than meets the eye and Anders isn’t the only one to notice.
The characters are full and rich. They feel like real people when you’re reading about them and as you witness them go through the events of the book, you feel even more of an attachment. As if you’re personally invested in these characters and this island. Each character has such an interesting background and they each bring something to the table, so to say.
What I loved about this book was Lindqvist’s ability to force the reader to come to some conclusions on their own. It would have seemed out of place for the character to have sudden knowledge of things that I don’t think modern humans have an understanding of, at least that’s the implication. This book is much bigger than a mysterious island, and being forced to think beyond that made for a very enjoyable reading experience. It wasn’t just a cut and dry story and it certainly left me wanting to know more.
Lindqvist is an excellent author and master of his craft. Although his books are generally considered to be horrors, to me, they are so much more beautiful than any horror story I’ve ever read. He manages to take commonly used horror elements and flip them on their side for us to see in new light. Harbor is a fantastic read and will not leave you disappointed!
I've seen many disappointed with this book but I really connected to the characters and I really adored the narrative.
I continue to believe Let the Right One In is his masterpiece and nothing has come close to that - but I really enjoyed reading Harbor. It is a beautiful, eerie book with a lot of emotional heartache.
Where Little Star was completely outlandish (yet still engaging) - Harbor had a stream-lined plot with beautiful folklore and wonderful characters. I plan to read 'Handling the Undead' next - if you liked Let the Right One In, I highly recommend Harbor.
I am not particularly fond of the horror genre but Lindqvist completely reinvents it - Harbor is a beautiful, engrossing book and it is worth your time.
I've written in other reviews that I often enjoy the slightly jarring aspect of reading work by (what are for me, at least) foreign authors. Little aspects of their sensibilities lend a fresh air to what they are doing and that's true of this books as well.
However, to me the book was kind of all over the place. Throughout reading it I remained curious, but I never felt like everything clicked and came together at any point in a satisfying way.