Book Review: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

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Read between: 27th- 30th March
Format: ebook
Published: September 19th, 2005
Publisher: Headline Review
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Synopsis: 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.

Rating: 003d1-threestar

Review: Richard Mayhew has a great job, a fiancee he adores, and then an act of kindess changes everything….

Helping the Lady Door when she is injured opens up a whole new London as Richard helps Door to discover the truth about her family, whilst avoiding danger along the way. I really like the contrast between London Above and London Below. It makes you question reality. What is real?

Even the villains, Croup and Vandemar, are funny. They bicker a lot for two people who are mass murderers.

The moral of the story though? Never trust an angel.

At the end of it all, however, despite the problems being in London Below causes Richard, he’d been through a lot, torture, an ordeal, Islington….it turns out the life he returns to is much better than it was before he left!

Is it crazy?

Did he imagine it all?

What I liked most is that it was open ended meaning we could always return to London Below if Gaiman chose to write a sequel- but it wouldn’t matter if he didn’t, either.

I really enjoyed the book and had a very different experience with the story than I did when I listened to the BBC Audio Drama for Radio 4. Which is a very good adaptation of the novel if you haven’t listened to it.

Neverwhere is a story that will stay with me. I love Neil Gaiman and I love the story!

4/5 stars!

Thanks for reading
~Katie

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