Although, the title begs to differ, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman is such a heart-warming tale about a toddler who meanders his way through the gates of a graveyard, whilst a tradgedy of murder is occuring in his home.
Approached by Mrs Owens, a resident ghost of the graveyard, the boy feels right at home.
During their living life, Mr & Mrs Owens could not have the chance to have children of their own, the endearing boy quickly tugs at the strings of Mrs Owens’ heart.
The spirits of the graveyard succumb to adopting the child as one of their own.
However, he must be bound within the graveyard, never to step a foot outside of the grounds.
And so, the story begins of Nobody Owens.
In a world of anomalies for most of his life, will he ever return to the real world outside the gates of the graveyard?
Yet, there lies a secret within the boy, which makes him an anomaly himself…
If you appreciate stories that are heart-warming, with dark, paranormal and a hint of magical themes, you will truly enjoy this touching tale.
I give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.