It was a beautiful winter’s day. Anders, his wife and their feisty six-year-old, Maja, set out across the ice of the Swedish archipelago to visit the lighthouse on Gavasten. There was no one around, so they let her go on ahead. And she disappeared, seemingly into thin air, and was never found.
Two years later, Anders is a broken alcoholic, his life ruined. He returns to the archipelago, the home of his childhood and his family. But all he finds are Maja’s toys and through the haze of memory, loss and alcohol, he realizes that someone – or something – is trying to communicate with him.
Soon enough, his return sets in motion a series of horrifying events which exposes a mysterious and troubling relationship between the inhabitants of the remote island and the sea.
©2011 John Ajvide Lindqvist (P)2011 Quercus Editions Ltd
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"Not my style"
This book could have had so much potential but the plot went no where. The narrator made the book listenable. However, the ending was very flat.
I thoroughly enjoyed “Let the Right One In” by John Ajvide Lindqvist and as Harbour is based around the folklore of the sea, an area of particular interest, I could not resist downloading it. I must admit it would have been more suspenseful had I not realised when I got to the end, initially, that the last six hours of the book had been omitted from Audible's version; however the missing six hours were restored a few months later, and I was finally able to listen through to the actual end of the book.
I enjoyed the narration by Julian Rhind-Tutt, whose calm voice held back the urge for this listener to race towards the end. The audio was clear and without fault, once the entire book was in place.
Harbour combines suspense, thriller and horror in one story set in the small, island community of Domarö, where Anders lost his daughter in mysterious circumstances years earlier. He returns in a alcoholic haze as the secrets of the community and the island start to unravel, flitting back and forth between past and present, yet all being revealed in a kind of perfect order.
I did enjoy it, but there were some scenes which I found too explicit; and I now feel my flirtation with horror is now at an end. I only gave the storyline 3 stars because I was slightly disappointed by supernatural aspect, which appeared to be confused, and somewhat "glossed-over" nearing the end; actually I felt a little cheated by that.
"where's the last bit?"
there's something wrong with this download, which seems to be missing it's third part. If it reaslly is complete then the story just stoips mid way!
"I hope there was some missing..."
I didn't enjoy any of this at all. The bits I did understand were completely bizarre, I know there are some "out there" bits in Jo Nesbo or Stieg Larson, but nothing as confusing and ridiculous as in this book. I'm at a loss to understand why it's been recommended at all for people who've enjoyed other Scandinavian Crime novels. I hope that the previous reviewer is correct, and that there are chunks missing from the download that would miraculously make it work. But I'm not convinced anything could help. Mis-sold. Don't bother.
This kept me awake at night, too scared to sleep but unable to stop listening!
I would think twice buying another book from the same author
Nothing wrong with the Narrator.
Disappointment. The plot sounded good. Persevered for 8 hours, but then gave up..sorry
"Dour sea tale"
Dour bleak & humourless tale of waves and bloodlines. Well-written, gripping, fatefully monotonous. Fascinating without anyone in particular to care about, It carries you through a visceral experience of elemental powers. Just wierd.
"Imaginative and engrossing"
The imagery conjured up by both the author and narrator were brilliant - totally absorbing. There are some very interesting and varied characters, and some nicely balanced back plots.
I don't want to spoil the story, so I'll just say there are a few ghostly moments that were really gripping!
The main character, Anders, is my favourite as he is so emotionally engaging. The narrators reading and beautiful pronunciation of the Swedish names really made this audio book something special for me.
Okay it's not perfect, but for me it just worked!
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