Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Book Summary(via Goodreads):
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.

This insomniac's opinion:
This was a delightful read! I was thrilled when my friend Krissy(aka The Book Fairy) gifted me this novel as it has been scoring rave reviews from my fellow Goodreads bibliophiles.
This novel was very different from anything else that I have ever read. It had strong elements of dark magic, almost akin to YA novels such as the Harry Potter books. However, it is written in an adult manner and doesn't have the simplicity of many YA novels. The mystery unraveled beautifully and slowly and I loved it beginning to end!
Worth staying up all night to read?
It sure is!
Rating: 4 stars

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