4/5 stars

It has been a busy month between work and building my plant collection, but I’m happy to be back with my (very late) review of an e-ARC of Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune, which Macmillan kindly sent to me (thank you!!). I had heard so many great things about TJ Klune’s previous work, so went into this one with some pretty high expectations, and boy did it hold up! 

Under the Whispering Door tells the story of Wallace Price, an uptight workaholic who one day finds himself at his own funeral, attended by four people and a reaper named Mei. Confused and disoriented by the hook coming out of his chest, Wallace is taken to an unusual tea shop in the mountains, where a man named Hugo awaits to help him cross over. But Wallace isn’t ready to leave just yet, not when he has barely had a chance to experience life. 

Under the Whispering Door was a rollercoaster of emotions, and is definitely a book where you need to keep a box of tissues handy while reading it. The story started off a little slow to me and I was a little unsure about it until I got to the chapter with the Ouija board (which made me genuinely laugh so hard I cried). That said, Klune did a fantastic job creating a cozy atmosphere that just makes you feel like you’re a part of the book! Right from the get-go Charon’s Crossing tea house felt like a home that I seriously wish I could visit in real life. 

Wallace’s character growth was also written seriously well. There are so many books I’ve read where the MC goes from douchebag to angel in the span of a couple chapters, but that was not the case for him. I loved his interactions with the other characters and how they changed throughout the story. 

Under the Whispering Door came out on September 21st. Thank you again to Macmillan for giving me the opportunity to read this book! You can pick up a copy at your local bookstore or library!

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