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Little Star

A Novel

John Ajvide Lindqvist

Thomas Dunne Books

“Establishes Lindqvist as Sweden’s Stephen King.”

--The Washington Post on Harbor

 

John Ajvide Lindqvist has been crowned the heir apparent to Stephen King by numerous sources, and he is heralded around the globe as one of the most spectacularly talented horror writers working today. His first novel, Let the Right One In, is a cult classic that has been made into iconic films in both Sweden and in the United States. His second novel, Handling the Undead, is beloved by horror fans everywhere. His third novel, Harbor, is a masterpiece that draws countless comparisons to Stephen King. Now, with Little Star, his most profoundly unsettling book yet, Lindqvist treads previously unmarked territory.

A man finds a baby in the woods, left for dead. He brings the baby home, and he and his wife raise the girl in their basement. When a shocking and catastrophic incident occurs, the couple’s son Jerry whisks the girl away to Stockholm to start a new life. There, he enters her in a nationwide singing competition. Another young girl who’s never fit in sees the performance on TV, and a spark is struck that will ignite the most terrifying duo in modern fiction.

Little Star is an unforgettable portrait of adolescence, a modern-day Carrie for the age of internet bullies, offensive reality television, and overnight You Tube sensations. Chilling, unnerving, and petrifying, Little Star is Lindqvist’s most disturbing book to date.

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Little Star
THE GIRL WITH GOLDEN HAIR1In the autumn of 1992 there were rumours of a mushroom glut in the forests; it was said that the warm moist weather of late summer had provoked a burst of chanterelles and hedgehog mushrooms. As Lennart Cederström turned off onto the forest track in his Volvo 240, he had a large basket and a couple of plastic bags on the back seat. Just in case.He had a mix tape of pop hits on the stereo, and Christer Sjögren's voice was loud and clear in the speakers: Ten thousand red roses I'd like to give you...Lennart grinned scornfully and joined in with the
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REVIEWS

Praise for Little Star

Praise for Little Star

"Dubbed the Stephen King of Sweden, Lindqvist (“Let the Right One In”) lives up to the billing with a chilling tale of two teenage girls who team up as a terrifying singing duo bent on revenge against anyone who has ever crossed them."
--New York Post, "Required Reading" 

"Brilliant...A future horror classic and a firm pronouncement that John Ajvide Lindqvist is a force to reckoned with."
--MTV.com

"Both [Stephen] King and Lindqvist create rich, memorable characters that quickly endear themselves to the reader.... Lindqvist’s shocks are as unpredictable and organic as life itself, to the point where you feel that divulging even the barest plotline to others would betray the wicked-sweet moments that he’s so carefully orchestrated."
--BloodyDisgusting.com

"Lindqvist makes a series of dauntless leaps and ends up the better for it in this long, fitful work that leaves an impression...Audacious, to say the least, and spirals toward an ending that is as senseless and brutal as it is weirdly poetic."
--Booklist (starred)

"As keen as the edge of a broken glass . . . This is best read with the lights on."
The Wharf (UK)

"Exerts a powerful grip."
—Christopher Fowler, Financial Times (UK)

 

Praise for Harbor

 

“Sweden’s answer to Stephen King.”

--Daily Mirror (UK)

 

"One of the hottest writers in the horror genre."

Mystery Scene

 

"The third consecutive masterpiece for an author who deserves to be as much of a household name as Stephen King."

—SFX.co.uk

 

“A very scary tale indeed from a writer who is master of his genre.”

--Financial Times (UK)

 

Praise for Handling the Undead

 

"Lindqvist gives Stephen King and John Saul at their best a run for the money."

Library Journal (starred)

“Sophisticated horror that takes the genre to new and exciting levels.”

--Suspense Magazine

 

“It is easy to compare Lindqvist to Clive Barker or Neil Gaiman."

Dagens Noeringsliv (Norway)

 

Praise for Let the Right One In

 

“Reminiscent of Stephen King at his best.”

--Independent on Sunday (UK)

In the Press

Fiction Review: Little Star by John Ajvide Lindqvist, trans. from the Swedish by Marlaine Delargy. St. Martin's/Dunne, $26.99 (544p) ISBN 978-0-312-6
Lindqvist's third novel released in English (ably translated by Delargy) ignores the supernatural elements of his previous works, instead providing terror via a group of sociopaths and artists. When a
- Publishers Weekly

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • John Ajvide Lindqvist

  • JOHN AJVIDE LINDQVIST is the author of Let the Right One In, Handling the Undead, and Harbor. Let the Right One In has been made into two critically acclaimed films. The Swedish film was directed by Tomas Alfredson (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) and won top honors at sixteen film festivals around the globe. The American remake of the Swedish movie, entitled Let Me In, received rave reviews. Stephen King called the film, "A genre-busting triumph. Not just a horror film, but the best American horror film in the last twenty years."

  • John Ajvide Lindqvist
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Little Star

A Novel

John Ajvide Lindqvist

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