Harbour

Harbour

Book - 2010
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On a winter trip home to the island of Domaro, Anders and Cecilia take their six-year-old daughter Maja across the ice to visit the lighthouse at Gavasten. And Maja disappears. Leaving not even a footprint in the snow. Two years later, alone and more or less permanently drunk, Anders returns to Domaro to confront his despair. He slowly realises that Maja's disappearance is not the first inexplicable tragedy to strike the islanders. Nor is everyone telling him all they know; even his own mother, it seems, is keeping secrets. And what is it about the sea? There's something very bad happening on Domaro. Something that involves the sea itself. As he did with Let the Right One In and Handling the Undead, John Ajvide Lindqvist serves up a masterful cocktail of suspense laced with bizarre humour and a narrative that barely pauses for breath. Harbour is also a heartbreaking study of loss and guilt and a novel whose epic climax pits the infinite force of nature against the implacable love of a father for his child.
Publisher: Melbourne : Text Publishing, 2010.
ISBN: 9781921758669
9781921656675
Characteristics: 500 p. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Delargy, Marlaine

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Nov 25, 2016

While trekking out across the frozen harbor from their island to the local lighthouse one winter day, Anders and Cecilia are shocked and devastated when they discover that their six-year-old daughter, Maja, has wandered off and somehow disappeared without a trace. The tragedy is disastrous to their relationship as well, leaving Anders a crushed and helpless version of his former self when he several years later decides to return to the island from the mainland. Almost immediately he begins to have a series of creepy, uncanny experiences, and moreover discovers that his daughter is not the only person to have disappeared.

The story was OK, and I was absorbed up until around the point where Elin enters the picture. I then became conscious that, as a reader, magical realism just doesn't do it for me, and the second half of the story was unsatisfying for that reason. I'd have a hard time categorizing 'Harbor' as horror, though it seems that Lindqvist is being hailed "the Stephen King of Sweden."

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NovelSally
Feb 17, 2013

Long and drawn out. I was interested by the notions and concept of the story, but overall found the entire package unsatisfying.

Maybea Jun 13, 2012

I love this author. Though I don't think the character development was as good as in his other novels, it is still a wickedly creepy story. It was murky, strange and subtle, just the way I like my horror. I think book would translate well to film...

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