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Friday, January 10, 2014

REVIEW: Little Star by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Andy Ross

Little Star is the story of a girl who was left for dead, raised in secret, and is found to have a mysterious affinity for music. It is also the story of a misfit girl who was social outcast looking for her place in the world. These two girls would come together and form a bond so powerful and terrifying that you will shudder as you read their story.

Lindqvist has spun a tale of love, fear, death, and ABBA that is extremely difficult to put down. A story of two girls raised under entirely different circumstances being drawn together by a reality television singing competition and a poetry forum on the Internet hardly seems like the plot for a horror story. But it really is. While this isn't a zombie novel, there are definitely enough gruesome happenings and gory details that will make it feel right at home in a horror fan's library. Comparisons to Stephen King are easily noticeable. Lindqvist's writing style is very similar to King and King's son (Joe Hill), and that is just fine by me. The story flowed very well and I had a hard time putting the book down.

Little Star is highly recommended for horror fans in general, and moreso for King/Hill fans. Fans of zombie fiction may also want to pick this up if they want to take a break from stories about the walking dead. This is an enjoyable, easy to read modern horror tale.

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