At the half-way point of this novel the word "vampire" is first mentioned. I've read my share of vampire novels and I really enjoyed this one because of how different it is. The setting is modern day Sweden. A strange elderly man and young girl arrive late at night in a taxi in the town of Blackeburg and move into an apartment. Their nocturnal transgressions are viewed by their new neighbor, Oskar, who lives in the adjourning apartment with his mother. Oskar is a middle-school student who is terrorized daily by the town's three bullies. He has dreams of serious payback.
Oskar befriends the new girl, Eli, who is like no one that he has ever met. Around the same time that the new couple hit town a serial killer begins mutilating his victims. There are several subplots which all blend nicely together.
This book is not blatantly gruesome like several in this genre. It is more subtle. Take for example this description of a newly turned vampire: ". . .Inside Virginia's heart a separate little brain is forming. This new brain has, during its initial stage of development, been dependent of the large brain. Now it is self-sufficient, and what Virginia during a terrible moment sensed is completely correct: it would live on even if her body died..."
How often does a reader get an attempt by the author to actually describe the transformation going on inside the body of his vampire character? Check out the picture of the author on the back sleeve and read what he did for a living before turning to writing. I think he should have used this picture on the book cover instead of the other one. This book has been made into a film that is coming soon to a theatre near you.