Gross out does not mean freak out

Little Star: A Novel - John Ajvide Lindqvist

For some reason this book left me cold – cold in a, really, type of a way.  I didn’t find it as good as Handling the Undead or Let Me In. 

                While the book starts off very well, it seems to descend into a maelstrom of violence intended to shock.  Maybe it’s because I live in America where there is too much violence among children that this book feels so facile in it’s look and development of a duo that take up violence.  Maybe it’s because to me, violence doesn't necessary equal fear when reading.

                The characterization is good overall, but I wanted more, something deeper perhaps.