Little Star claims to be about a child musician gone wrong (but I have heard the jacket blurb does not do the plot justice). What I read seems to draw from folktales about changelings. It is written by John Ajvide Lindqvist.
WHY I PICKED IT UP
I was a huge fan of ‘Let the Right One In’ and I wanted to see if Lindqvist has still ‘got it.’ Of the very few vampire novels I’ve read (Lindqvist’s, Stoker’s Dracula, and Rice’s Interview), I found his to be the best because of his writing skill.
WHERE/WHY I STOPPED
I finished the sample and intend to read the novel. Lindqvist succeeds in catching your interest by hinting at later action, then starts the narrative proper with a baby being found abandoned in the woods. It’s a great way to gain a reader’s empathy because they’ll find themselves wondering how they would handle such a situation.
WHAT COULD BE BETTER, IF ANYTHING
I felt the prologue, in which a concert audience is unaware of an imminent bloodbath was a bit heavy handed and unnecessary. The first chapter then begins with the main character setting out in search of mushrooms and listening to his stereo. This is a good way to gently expose that our character is skilled in music, which is plot essential, but could be expedited a bit. These are very minor criticisms, however.
As I mentioned earlier, I plan to continue this book. Lindqvist’s style is to plant a dozen tiny little hooks throughout the narrative which keep you reading on to learn more about the characters. His is a style I enjoy and I plan to follow up this post after I’m finished reading.