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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 more or less permanently drunk, Anders returns to the island to regroup. He slowly realizes 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?
As he did with Let the Right One In and Handling the Undead, John Ajvide Lindqvist serves up a blockbuster cocktail of suspense in a narrative that barely pauses for breath.
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By Jennifer on 03-28-12
This is a delightfully creepy Scandanavian tale. But unlike many of the other Scandanavian writers who write thrillers or mysteries, John Ajvide Lindqvist writes supernatural stories.
Harbour starts out with a family going for a little mid-winter picnic to the lighthouse, and the 8 year old daughter disappears into thin air. Several years later, her parents have divorced, and her father (who has hit rock bottom and spends his time drinking and despairing) returns to the island where they formerly lived and were happy.
But the island has its secrets, and the residents want to keep things that way. The book is suffused with magic and bits of creepiness. The ending is a little overblown, but the journey along the way is perfectly delicious.
The narration is well done, and the writing is very solid. This is a great escapist read. It's a little less bleak than Let Me In, but is equally well done. This is definitely credit-worthy.
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By Gaither on 09-16-12
Really loved this book!
Lindqvist's prose is wonderful and his storytelling is meticulous -- it unfolds so gradually that one may not notice a turn in the story until it's well underway. What a crafty writer! Great book!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful