After three years in prison, Shadow has served his time. But as the days and hours until his release tick away, he can feel a storm brewing.
Two days before his release date, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in adulterous circumstances. Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America. Together they embark on a very strange journey across the States, along the way solving the murders which have occurred every winter in one small American town.
But the storm is about to break . . .
Disturbing, gripping and profoundly strange, Gaiman's epic novel sees him on the road to the heart of America.
(Also a TV show on Amazon)
Esoteric, Mystical but very, very Human.
Review by Connor Armstrong on January 24th, 2018
This is an interesting and somewhat unusual book, combining a slow-burning thriller with elements of high-fantasy and a touch of mysticism. On the way it visits mythical stories from diverse cultures and even has time for a chapter or two as a murder-mystery.
I enjoyed it, as I enjoyed watching the Amazon TV show but it is not an easy read. It is however incredibly well-crafted and has Neil Gaiman has produced an artistic masterpiece... albeit one which is a bit of an acquired taste.