Excellent horror novel that is dark not only due to the supernatural element but for the depiction of modern life. The inhabitants of Blackeberg are directionless. The adults lead drab alcohol tinged lives and the children are bullies or victims. I've never been to Sweden but who would have thought a suburb of Stockholm would be so depressing? Yet this is a taut novel that blends realism and fantasy well. While the characters might be unlikable (the most common criticism I've heard from other readers) they are real enough to empathize with. Elli is especially interesting, a child as monster yet in some ways the most human and most sympathetic. I liked the movie but I think the book far outdoes the film in atmosphere and detail. Four and a half stars. We really need a way to mark a half a star.