Review: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Coraline is a novel that is as delightful as it is scary. Featuring a young protagonist, but with a plot more suitable for readers over the age of twelve, it tells the story of Coraline, an only child who has recently moved to a new flat with her parents. Both of her parents are busy and the other residents are as old as they are odd, so Coraline finds herself feeling quite lonely. She takes it upon herself to explore the building--a former grand old manor that has been converted into flats. And on the other side of a door she finds two people with big, scary black buttons for eyes who claim to be her "other parents." The other mother wants her to stay there forever, and begins a deadly game where traps are set, and Coraline knows that she must go back ...

This was a twist, scary gothic novel with a big heart and a hell of a lot of imagination. I enjoyed the sense of not knowing what would happen next, while I wished Coraline all the best as she went about trying to fix the many wrongs created by the other mother. In particular, I enjoyed how Coraline resolved things at the well.

Overall, an enjoyable read.

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