The Ocean at the End of the Lane Review

The Horror Hothouse

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A middle aged man returns to the Sussex country village where he grew up for a funeral. On his way to the wake he stops of at the house of his childhood friend Lettie Hempstock. Lettie is no longer there, but staring at the duck pond that Lettie swore was an ocean, he recalls what happened to them when he was seven years old.

With his family falling on hard times, our unnamed hero has to give up his bedroom to a lodger, an opal miner from South Africa. He first gets to meet Lettie and her family when the lodger gasses himself in the family car and a train of supernatural events is set rolling. You see Lettie’s family are not exactly what they seem. The Hempstock house may be as old as the Domesday Book, but the three women are far older and possess…

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