I Am Behind You (John Ajvide Lindqvist)

January 16, 2018

4.5 / 5 Stars

 

Bizarre, bonkers but utterly gripping.

I was a huge fan of Let The Right One In and was curious to see if Lindqvist could pull it off again in this book. For the most part, the answer to that question is an emphatic yes...with a few minor niggles.

 



The premise isn't an unfamiliar one. Four families find themselves removed from the world as they know it, in an 'endless field', with an eerily blue sky and no sun. Soon, the monsters start to arrive, but strangely passive creatures, which reveal more about the peoples' psyche than anything else.

It is the characters that carry this book, and their reactions to the strange situation; and I was frequently reminded of Stephen King throughout - similar effective observations of human reaction to the bizarre and frightening, combined with the ceaseless desire to survive.

There were moments when I was baffled, and never more so than at the end, which I was completely confused by. This was a slight shame - had the ending been more 'satisfying' it would have been a full, glorious five stars, as I was hooked throughout. 

Overall though, very readable and I highly recommend it.

 

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest  review. 

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