Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – Book Review

Neverwhere 2

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Goodreads Description:

Under the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.

Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: Neverwhere. 

My Review:

I loved this book.  After reading a couple of duds it was so nice to delve into this fantasy tale of vengeance, magic, sordid creatures and a heroine and hero that I truly liked.  Richard Mayhew lives in London where he works in an office and is engaged to a beautiful woman, Jessica, who doesn’t seem like a perfect match for Richard but he doesn’t seem to be unhappy with her until one night when they are going to dinner to meet Jessica’s boss and a young woman collapses on the sidewalk in front of them.  This young woman is in desperate need of help but Jessica thinks someone else should help her while Richard decides he can’t abandon this stranger in need of help.  He wants to call an ambulance but the young woman says not to and he ends up carrying her to his apartment to help her mend, all to the dismay and anger of Jessica.  Little does he know but the world as he knows it is about to end and a whole new world of unknown evil and unwanted adventure is about to begin.

I enjoyed going on this journey with Richard and Door, the young woman Richard rescues on the street.  There was a variety of rich characters in this story.  So many lacked loyalty that you never knew who to trust.  Some surprised me with their heroism and courage.  The plot twists helped keep my interest and there were enough cringe worthy moments to add grit and make this an all around great fantasy story that takes you on a wild ride in the world of London Below.  The ending was not disappointing either.  I’ve seen movie adaptations of Neil Gaiman’s books but this is the first one I have actually read.  It won’t be the last.

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