The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman is always wonderful, and this latest book of his is no exception. It’s strange and twisted, with some truly terrifying moments and a sad, but fitting, ending. Fairy tale There is a frame for the story, a middle-aged man returning to his hometown and remembering a remarkable incident from his childhood. So it’s mostly told from the point of view of a child, full of all the terror of a kid confronted with evil who can’t figure out what’s happening or why. The story begins when the protagonist meets a neighbor girl who takes him to another world, and he accidentally brings something sinister back with him. He has only his own childish stubbornness to fight it with as it tries to take over his family. Luckily, the neighbor girl and her mother and grandmother are able to help him.
Neil Gaiman has a gorgeous speaking voice and narrated the audiobook I listened to. You can tell how much he enjoys the act of storytelling. During happy moments in the book, he sounds genuinely happy, and during dramatic or scary moments, his voice does everything a voice can to heighten the tension. He’s such a great reader that I might not ever read another book of his in print.