Book Review

UNDER THE WHISPERING DOOR by T.J. Klune

I received a complimentary copy of UNDER THE WHISPERING DOOR by T.J. Klune from Tor Books for an honest review. I adored THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA so was overjoyed to get an advanced copy of this book!

Rating: 5 / 5

Publication Date: 9/21/2021

UNDER THE WHISPERING DOOR follows Wallace, a man devoted to work and not much more. He’s not the most likeable guy to begin with, more about the bottom line than having a heart for the people he’s working with. Cut to Wallace’s funeral where he realizes the partners at his firm and his ex wife have shown up out of obligation… and no one else apart from a reaper there to take him to someone named Hugo.

Hugo lives in a small village where he runs a tea shop and also acts as the ferryman to usher dead souls to the afterlife, each in their own time. The tea shop is a refuge for the living and the dead. Hugo brings comfort to many, but his connection with Wallace is something more and Wallace is reluctant to move on form this life.

I have been putting off this review because I honestly don’t know what to say about this one. This has some very heavy subjects (trigger warnings for death, grief, suicide, depression) and it will break your heart more than once along the journey. Still, it does so in a beautiful and uplifting way as well. I thought Klune did a fantastic job of discussing grief and mourning.

This book is very different from THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA, but the same charming writing comes through. I love the way the author manages to mix in humor (albeit sometimes dark humor) to bring lightness into some of the hardest moments. I found the mix here to really be perfect!

This is a book to go into in the right frame of mind. Definitely be aware of the themes of death and sadness that run throughout the book, but it is very much worth the read and I highly recommend it!

UNDER THE WHISPERING DOOR is out on 9/21/2021!

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