Fantasy, Horror

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

I have heard a lot about this book on the blogosphere over the past few years. It has popped on and off my radar. I have read a few Sandman graphic novels, among certain other ones and know what the author usually sounds like. Despite that fact, I was a little surprised by the content here.
The book begins with a man dreading meeting up with extended family and friends after a funeral. He goes down a literal memory lane to pass the time. As he passes the home he lived in during a traumatic period, he recollects a friend he has not thought of for a long time. This thought sends him deeper into when they first moved to the area and an enigmatic girl who took him under her wing.
The bulk of the narrative follows the horrors that befell our protagonist as his home is under threat.
The plot is quite straightforward once the players are introduced to us, but nothing of the fantastical nature is overly explained, and we have to use our own imagination to fill in the blanks about the ‘world building’.
It was a quick read, and although I am not sure if I would recommend it to anyone, I think it might work for fans of the author’s works.

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