Title: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Author: Neil Gaiman
Plot: 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 Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. Neil Gaiman did a wonderful job of portraying the main character and giving him a unique voice. The characters were amazing! I definitely had an immediate attachment to Lettie and her family. The conflict in the story kept me reading which is a great quality of any book I would want to read. I could not put the book down. Neil Gaiman’s writing is fantastic. I cannot rave enough about it. It is so magical that I truly become immersed in the story and setting. He also has great descriptions of the setting and emotions that made me feel and imagine what the characters where going through.
The only problem I had with this book was that the magical background was not very developed. It was very vague, and left a lot of questions open. Based on my preferences, I LOVE reading about the backgrounds of characters. It allows me to have more of an attachment to them. It left me wanting.
Overall, this short book was a very delightful read that I would recommend to anyone. It had fantasy, action, and suspense. This is a great book to get acquainted with Neil Gaiman’s writing style. I loved this book.