Read for the RIP VIII Reading Challenge.
A middle aged man has returned to the town he grew up in for a funeral. Afterwards, he drives around aimlessly, and realizes that he is drawn to the farm at the end of the lane from where he grew up. When he was young, he remembered that a girl named Lettie lived there, before she moved to Australia. He stops at the farm, and sees Lettie’s grandmother, who lets him wander around the farm. When he sees a pond, he stops in his tracks, and remembers.
Lettie was far more than a little girl – in one terrifying week when he was little, Lettie saved him and his family from a terrible evil that was trying to take over his family, and then the world. He’s forgotten all this, but the pond was what Lettie used to call her Ocean, and brings all his memories of the event back.
I really enjoyed this book – it’s creepy without being outright terrifying. It also has a faint autobiographical tinge to it, which helps with the authentic feel. This is a story that feels real, and the forgetting makes it more plausible. I love Neil Gaiman – he keeps writing things that really speak to me.