The Ocean at the End of the Lane

This is the first Neil Gaiman book I have ever read, and I am in love. This is such a beautiful book, it is so well written and such a page turner, I felt like a little girl when I was reading it. I have heard many times that this is one of those books that you should dive in without knowing what it's about. And I didn't, I bought it and read it, and loved it. I don't think you're supposed to know what it's about really, it would take all the mystery and imagination out of it.

It is a novel for adults, but it is told from the point of view of a 47 year old man, who goes to his hometown for a family funeral and drives to the ocean at the end of the lane, where his childhood friend Lettie used to live in a farmhouse. When he steps on the land he is filled with the scary and strange memories from the past, and that is where the story begins. We are transferred back to when he was 7 years old, their tenant commits suicide in their white Mini at the end of the lane, which summons some dark forces that follow him home.  I was pleasantly surprised, I didn't know this was a fantasy novel, this is not what I would normally pick up on purpose, but since I didn't know and it came highly recommended I read it. And loved it! It is very simple, magical and just overall great. Neil Gaiman does a great job describing that adults aren't adults, they are children on the inside too. Only on the outside they look like adults and behave differently, but on the inside they think like kids. The book is filled with many little life lessons, as well a mythology and magic and a little bit of imagination. It is a wonderful story that I highly recommend. The writing isn't complicated, it's simple to follow and understand, yet every time you read it you will get something different out of it. It's a great relaxing weekend read.