Coraline’s often wondered what’s behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. And when she finds her “other” parents in this alternate world, they are much more interesting despite their creepy black button eyes. When they make it clear, however, that they want to make her theirs forever, Coraline begins a nightmarish game to rescue her real parents and three children imprisoned in a mirror. With only a bored-through stone and an aloof cat to help, Coraline confronts this harrowing task of escaping these monstrous creatures.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Horror is not my genre, typically, but everyone talks so much about Neil Gaiman I figured I might as well jump on the bandwagon. (Also I like his Twitter a lot.) But apparently I forgot that he was a horror writer, because I had to put this down a couple of times.
But he’s a pretty **** good horror writer. I was creeped out through the whole thing, but completely mesmerized. Even with the looking-over-my-shoulder pauses, I think I read it in about two hours. Loved the simplicity of the language, but the way it was able to convey so much. Great book to study to learn the less-is-more technique–short sentences, detailed but not overblown description. Now I have to get my hands on The Ocean at the End of the Lane and The Graveyard Book!
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