Harbor by John Ajvide Lindqvist
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Growing up, books like Harvest Home and The Other were perfect late night reads - Harbor (written by the author of the book that gave rise to the movie "Let the Right One In") easily fits in with that genre. Not full-on horror, but seriously creepy village horror.
We start out thousands of years ago as the Domaro archipelago is being formed, then flash-forward to more modern times. Anders' life has been ruined by the complete disappearance of Maja, his daughter. Moving between his adolescence, his life post-disappearance, his "grandfather" Simon's early years and a few other time periods, it becomes clear that there's something Not Quite Right about Domaro or the surrounding areas. Anna-Greta, Anders' grandmother, clearly has something to do with this, but exactly what only becomes clear later in the book.
Adding to the creep factor is the question of why seemingly ordinary people go nuts, why the most beautiful girl of Anders' generation is having plastic surgery to make her ugly and old, and what the Spiritus that Simon tends is. If this were in Stephen King's hands there'd be more detail, here it's what's left out that counts most.
ARC provided by publisher.