The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman is pure magic. It’s reminiscent of The Chronicles of Narnia in it’s simplicity and imagery. It’s subject matter definitely had it’s dark moments, but it was written in such a way that the darkness did not take away from the light.
The story follows an unnamed protagonist… a young boy who lives in the country with his family. When the family goes through rough times, they must take in a boarder. Not long after his arrival, the boarder is found in the father’s vehicle having committed suicide. The death of the boarder allows an evil supernatural being to enter our realm. After his own near death experience with the supernatural being, the boy reaches out to his neighbor, a young lady named Lettie.
Lettie, her mother, and her grandmother have experience with the supernatural and help the little boy to protect his family from Ursula, the young female form the supernatural being has taken on. The story took a lot of unexpected turns and I found it endearing.
GREAT read!!! Imaginative, fun, and slightly dark. I definitely recommend it!