From the moment I had heard that Neil Gaiman was releasing this book I was intrigued just from the title alone. The idea that a pond could be an ocean is a beautiful idea, a one that involves a powerful imagination and a great deal of faith that it is possible.
The premise of the book is at that a death in the neighbourhood of the unnamed protagonist allows for supernatural and malevolent spirits to enter the real world. While the young boy’s friend Lettie Hempstock and her family who live by the ocean at the end of the lane, are attempting to ensure that the sprits do no harm, they are not entirely successful. One escapes and ends up as the boy’s new nanny.
The story is sinister and gripping as this terrified young boy is tormented by the terrible truth that he cannot trust the adult that he has been left alone with, especially when no one else in his family can see the monster. For a child I relate to a great deal; an animal lover; an introvert; and great lover of books, I couldn’t put the book down until I knew the resolution of the story.
The book is for all ages, and is a lovely little read that is paced brilliantly and will have you turning the next page to find out what happens. By far one of Gaiman’s very best in my opinion and the subtle yet powerful fantasy elements will captivate you.