Book Review | Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Thursday, February 8

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
"It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond this world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed - within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.

His only defence is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang."

I knew as soon as I finished reading 'The Ocean at the End of the Lane' I would want to recommend it to everyone. I love stories with a bit of magic and Gaiman has created a world with just enough magic to make it believable. That is probably the reason I loved this book so much and couldn't put it down. 

Although I've talked about the magic of the story is it definitely a book for adults. The storey starts off gently but takes a sinister turn quite quickly that made me want to know more and hope for a good outcome for the characters. You felt all the pain that the narrator feels. 

It brings together the innocence of childhood and the wisdom that comes with old age. However, when the story is over it is just over and there is something beautiful about that. Honestly I found this little review quite difficult because I enjoyed the book so much - you just have to read it for yourself!

I've already read (and enjoyed) Neil Gaiman's Stardust and I've got American Gods to move onto next so I'm excited. 

Check out my last book review - Ruth Ware’s The Woman in Cabin 10

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