fantasy · Young adult

The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman ★★★★

Blurb; Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

My Review; This is the first book I have read by Neil Gaiman and it certainly won’t be my last. I think the only way to describe this story is wonderfully wierd, you really need to open your imagination up for this story.

I loved it! It was such a great story for me. I think the cover is absolutely gorgeous too. Lettie Hempstock and the Hempstock family are a woman tribe and I can’t put my finger on what they are exactly but they are magical and can do the most impossible of things. I loved their family though. Ursula Monkton is one evil woman if I could even call her a woman, not someone I would like to meet. It has a hidden world within the real world. Can be read by all ages I suppose.

The main character is a man returning to his home but the story goes back to when he was a little boy and got dragged into this wierd world by accident. It is the perfect read for any fantasy fans. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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