The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
(HarperCollins, 2008, 312 pages)
I’ve only heard good things about both Neil Gaiman and this book so I’d been wanting to read it for a while. I really enjoyed it! It has me curious to check out some of Gaiman’s adult fiction now.
The novel follows young Nobody (Bod) Owens as he grows up in a graveyard. His “parents” are Mr. and Mrs. Owens, two ghostly residents in the graveyard, and his guardian is Silas – a man who lives in the “in between” world, one of the undead. Bod arrived in the graveyard shortly after the murder of his family by the man Jack. He’s only “safe” while he remains in the graveyard, though it is full of it’s own interesting events and dangers.
The reader watches Bod as he grows up and begins to question things that would lead him beyond the gates of the graveyard. After all, one can’t spend their whole life living in a cemetery. There is life to be lived, adventures to be led, and revenge to be had. . . But the man Jack has been searching for Bod ever since he escaped from his home as a toddler. Waiting to kill him in order to complete his job. It’s only a question of who will come out on top. . .