When embittered ex-pop-star Lennart Cederström finds a baby left for dead in a plastic bag, he is uncertain what to do—until he hears her cry. It is a clear, haunting, perfectly pitched note, and Lennart decides she will be his project. A child raised in isolation: the vehicle for a pure, uncorrupted music.
But like anyone brought up in a basement, young Theres turns out to have a few idiosyncrasies.
The best-selling author of Let the Right One In delivers a massively entertaining satire on the Idol phenomenon, laced with just the right amount of violence. And introduces the oddest couple of outsider anti-heroines in contemporary literature.
‘A dangerously imaginative man.’ Herald Sun
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 abusive, washed-up rocker Lennart finds an abandoned baby in the snow, he s taken in by her perfect pitch, and he and his wife, Laila, decide to raise her in secret. Awkward, quiet Theres grows into a listless adolescent, murders Laila and Lennart, and ends up living with her adoptive adult brother, Jerry, himself a former convict charged with assault and robbery. He enters her in a Swedish performance competition, where she catches the attention of another awkward outcast teen, Teresa, and they form a violent partnership. Lindqvist (Harbor) mixes in satire of popular music, multiple character POVs, often biting commentary on teen life, and many sudden and horrific acts. Not everything sticks, but there s enough to make a truly gripping horror novel.
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How does he think these things up
This story is both unique and brutal. I was hooked from the first page and found the idea hard to imagine which is why it’s probably never been adapted to film.
I loved it though. A must read for fans of this authors beautiful and horrific stories.