SOMETIMES, A DOOR IS CLOSED FOR A VERY GOOD REASON…
There is something strange about Coraline’s new home. It’s not the mist, or the cat that always seems to be watching her, nor the signs of danger that Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, her new neighbours, read in the tea leaves.
It’s the other house – the one behind the old door in the drawing room. Another mother and father with black button eyes and papery skin are waiting for Corlaine to join them there. And they want her to stay with them. For ever. She knows that if she ventures through that door, she may never come back…
Step into the wonderfully creepy world of Coraline, the thrilling and sinister modern classic from New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman.
What a fantastic book to kick of my October reading list with! Coraline is a beautifully written and very eerie tale about a young girl who finds herself fighting for her family’s and her own survival.
My first experience with Coraline was through the Tim Burton film released in 2009, and I was not aware that it was loosely based on a book written by Neil Gaiman for his daughters meaning I was a bit wary about purchasing this as I assumed having seen the film there wasn’t a lot I could get from this book that I didn’t already know. How wrong I was!
The original tale of Coraline is nothing like the film adaption at all, and it is weirdly more creepier making the film look like a Disney fairy tale in comparison. The story telling by Gaiman is superb and he builds suspense quickly and effortlessly as you ride the wave of this tale and urge the hero of the story to overcome and win the battle with her other mother.
Also, the descriptive language that Gaiman uses paints such a vivid image in your head when reading this book that you would think you were there alongside Coraline on her adventure which makes it difficult to put down this short story and before you know it you are at the end of the tale. In fact, even though this book is only 13 chapters long, I think it is the quickest I have consumed a book since I was a teenager!
So yes! I 100% recommend you pick up a copy of this book for yourself and become engrossed by the tale of Coraline Jones in the same way that I have this Halloween.