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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.


"Lindqvist is Sweden's answer to Stephen King." Daily Mirror


"A magician of genre fiction." Independent


"This is a third consecutive masterpiece from an author who deserves to be as much a household name as Stephen King." SFX


"Eerily good." Marie Claire


"Emotionally forceful and superbly plotted." Big Issue


"[A] gripping portrayal of the devastating effect that the loss of a child can have on a parent." British Fantasy

About the Author

John Ajvide Lindqvist is a Swedish author, born 1968, grew up in Blackeberg, a suburb to Stockholm. He wanted to become something awful and fantastic. First he became a conjurer and came in second in the Nordic card trick championship, then he was a stand-up comedian for twelve years. John has written TV series as well as stage plays and TV drama. Two of his other novels, Let the Right One In and Handling the Undead have been translated into English and published by Quercus.

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W S Krauss, June 24, 2014 (view all comments by W S Krauss)
Swedish author Lindqvist has been compared to Stephen King. While I can see the comparison, I actually think Lindqvist may be the better writer. The novel Harbor is a blend of horror and fantasy, with wonderful descriptions of the tiny island town and landscape where the story unfolds. Anders, his wife Cecilia and their six-year-old daughter Maja go out on a frigid sunny day to walk across thick ice to a nearby lighthouse. When they are briefly preoccupied , Maja disappears. After two years goes by, during which Anders and his wife divorce, Anders returns to the home they had occupied on the island. He is comforted by the presence of his grandmother and her long time partner, Simon. After more than two years of heavy drinking, Anders finally sobers up enough to begin trying to figure out what happened to Maja. I don't want to give away all the interesting subplots, but I will just say, strange things are happening with the sea. This was a fast-moving and fun book. Like most of Stephen King's novels, you read this sort of book for entertainment and diversion. Don't take it too seriously. This would be a perfect book for the beach or vacation.
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Maureen Ahearn, October 27, 2012 (view all comments by Maureen Ahearn)
This was creepy and weird and Lovecraftian. You come to care about the characters deeply. The shifting around in time (flashbacks mixed in between the main narrative) was a little odd at first, but ultimately it worked better than simply telling the story in a linear fashion. Beautiful writing, really enjoyed this.
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