Harbor is Kindle Umm wow In many ways this feels like a conclusion to a trilogy rather than a standalone book A trilogy that folds back in on itself and maybe that s where the true horro
Harbor is Kindle Umm ... wow.In many ways, this feels like a conclusion to a trilogy rather than a standalone book. A trilogy that folds back in on itself and maybe, that's where the true horror lies. No, you don't have to read his previous two books (The famous Let the Right One In and generally misunderstood Handling The Undead) to enjoy Harbor. In many ways,for people looking for a book to start with, this is the one that should be the first John Lindqvist. I only wish I read it sooner ... but, like so many of my books, it sat on my shelf patiently biding its time, knowing I wouldn't resist for too long. I don't normally summarize in these reviews. I figure, you're all avid readers out there, you can read the book on your own (and there's a summary above), but this is one of those books that begs the question, "What is the real story?"So at first, we glimpse a normal family. Normal in that we have a child who is misbehaving, and two adults who love each other despite the strain the child puts on them; as opposed to the everloving family with two adoring children who always play nice and a dog that bounds in happiness before their every movement. Right here, Lindqvist twists what has become almost cliche in horror novels (the completely good ... and I understand, being a fan of horror, why the completely good is important) and then creates a supernatural event that will end up being the catalyst for so much. Simply, the child, a little brat named Maja, disappears "into thin air" (which is only barely appropriate) and the parents are left alone, worried, and shattered.Like Peter Straub's Ghost Story, this beginning works only to introduce the reader to the town. This town takes most of a small island and has a storied past. The population focuses on fishing for most of its income, and recently on tourism. It looks at the tourism business with a "one hand out, one hand clutching a knife" mentality, but for the most part lives along with the summer tourists (this recalls Shirley Jackson's "The Summer People", but from the reverse side). The story then blends past and present in a wonderful mixture. We are always one foot in the past and one foot in the present. Even without the dates (only there during the first 100 pages ... just to help the reader at the start), we soon get a firm enough knowledge of the island's history to know when we are looking at the past and when we are looking at the present. So much of this book is set-up for the last 200 pages, but what a set-up it is.But then the question pops up ... "What is the real story here?" Is it the search for a lost child? Is it the healing of a community? Or, as I contend, is it how do you let go? And that's also where this acts as the closing of the trilogy begun with Let The Right One In.To go much further into this book would create numerous spoilers. And yes, the last 50 or so pages barely hold up to the wonder before them. Frankly, the opening few sections sets up a lyrical myth that, as we get closer to the end and the darkness rises to the forefront, would be too difficult to close. So while I was gripped during the first 400 pages (entranced, mesmerized, possessed at times ... the like only happened when I read House of Leaves a couple years back), the last 100 pages slogged through ice and knee deep water. It was sad to see it end that way.And yet, I feel that if I return to this book, I will look at those last few pages with new eyes and read the whole thing in a different way. And maybe, looking at this book as the closing of a trilogy, it will take on brand new meanings as I return to Let The Right One In and Handling The Undead (both of those also about different stages of loss). But Harbor is one of the few horror books that I recommend to non-horror readers. It is one of the few books that I have blabbed about to numerous folks as I walk with the book in my hand. This may be the best written book I've read this year ... and possibly longer. You won't understand until you get lost in the prose yourself and find yourself trapped on an island with horrible ghosts and decent, flawed people trying to make the best with what they have and not lose their souls along the way.. 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 chanFrom 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 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. Good Ebook Harbor Harbour is a very impressive novel but ultimately failed to hook up to my emotions. It starts out beautifully. A child disappears on the frozen harbor during the winter. The father returns to the island and the harbor after two years. He is divorced and driven to alcohol. It is not really clear why he returns but it soon turns into not only a search for his child but also an investigation into the small community that lives on the island. The author contructs his tale by moving from present to past and the stories of the past takes on the feel of legends and folk stories. It is the back stories of this novel that hold the most interest. The book build up tension yet there is too much filler that takes us away from the father and his two friends to hold our attachment to the characters. Lindqvist continues to develop into a sort of Swedish Stephen King and he is almost there. Harbour is a a nice steppingstone to the probable future Lindqvist novel waiting to knock me over. Three and a half stars.
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