Harbor (Paperback)

By John Ajvide Lindqvist

Griffin, 9781250012838, 500pp.

Publication Date: September 18, 2012

December 2011 Indie Next List

“We've had a lot of ice cold Scandinavian mystery lately, but now here is a fantastic new thriller from a Swedish master of suspense. Harbor is the story of a father's refusal to abandon his desperate search for his vanished daughter. He must search beneath the ice as well as through decades of secrets that an entire town has conspired to keep hidden. This highly complex story skips through time, each event slowly adding levels of both character and context. Original and chilling!”
— Flannery Fitch, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
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John Ajvide Lindqvist has taken the horror world by storm. His first novel, " Let the Right One In," has been made into critically acclaimed films in both Sweden and in the U.S (as Let Me In). His second novel, "Handling the Undead," is beloved by horror lovers everywhere. Now, with "Harbor," a stunning and chilling masterpiece, Lindqvist firmly cements his place as the heir apparent to Stephen King.

One ordinary winter afternoon on a snowy island, Anders and Cecilia take their six-year-old daughter Maja across the ice to visit the lighthouse in the middle of the frozen channel. While they are exploring the lighthouse, Maja disappears either into thin air or under thin ice -- leaving not even a footprint in the snow.

Two years later, Anders, a broken man, moves back to his family's abandoned home on the island. He soon realizes that Maja's disappearance is only one of many strange occurrences, and that his fellow islanders, including his own grandmother, know a lot more than they're telling. As he digs deeper, Anders begins to unearth a dark and deadly secret at the heart of this small, seemingly placid town.

As he did with" Let the Right One In" and "Handling the Undead," John Ajvide Lindqvist serves up a blockbuster cocktail of high-tension suspense in a narrative that barely pauses for breath.

About the Author

JOHN AJVIDE LINDQVIST is the author of Handling the Undead and international sensation Let the Right One In, which has been made into critically acclaimed films in both Sweden and the United States (as Let Me In). The Swedish film based on the book, for which Lindqvist wrote the screenplay, won top honors at the Tribeca Film Festival, as well as at film festivals around the globe. Of the American film, Stephen King commented, "Let Me In is a genre-busting triumph. Not just a horror film, but the best American horror film in the last twenty years...Rush to it now. You can thank me later." Lindqvist became an author after careers as a magician and as a stand-up comic. He has also written for television. His books are published in twenty-nine countries; he lives in Sweden.

Praise For Harbor

Praise for Harbor


“Sweden’s answer to Stephen King.”

--Daily Mirror (UK)


"One of the hottest writers in the horror genre."

Mystery Scene


"The third consecutive masterpiece for an author who deserves to be as much of a household name as Stephen King."



“A very scary tale indeed from a writer who is master of his genre.”

--Financial Times (UK)


Praise for Handling the Undead


"Lindqvist gives Stephen King and John Saul at their best a run for the money."

Library Journal (starred)

“Sophisticated horror that takes the genre to new and exciting levels.”

--Suspense Magazine


“It is easy to compare Lindqvist to Clive Barker or Neil Gaiman."

Dagens Noeringsliv (Norway)


Praise for Let the Right One In


“Reminiscent of Stephen King at his best.”

--Independent on Sunday (UK)