This story is like a fairytale for adults. A little darker, a little more mature, but whimsical enough to remind you of magical things.
One thing that I did love was his style of writing. Somehow Gaiman is a genius and manages to convey a seven-year-old mindset through his writing. But it didn't bother me at all because it read like an adult book. Absolutely fascinating because usually books are unable to capture a younger voice and make it resonate with adults. Fantastic writing.
But everything else was fairly straight forward.
So I liked it, but other than that, I can't say much for it. It didn't leave an impression on my mind. It's a bit like a very nice dream that had something strange and out of the ordinary, but it doesn't really stick with you when you wake up.
For that, three stars. I liked it. It was well written, introduced the characters and made me like them, ended very well, etc. It was a good book. But not much more than that.
Recommended for people who want to read something like an adult fairytale.