Under the Whispering Door by T J Klune. A review

5 stars.

Thanks to NetGalley and Tor Publishing for granting me early access to this book.

*I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Wallace is an important and deeply hated businessman who does not care whatsoever about being human or making and keeping interpersonal relationships. One day he’s in his office and wakes up to see his own body dead on the floor. Unable to accept his death, a reaper is finding it quite hard to take him to a resting place; Hugo’s house, where he can find peace and himself until he’s ready to get to the other side.

I cannot say this enough, Klune always makes me smile and cry in equal parts and gets so deeply into my heart that I’m left with a huge empty hole in the pitch of my stomach that makes me need to cry and laugh out loud at the same time. Not many books have been able to do this throughout my life.

The story seemed to be going ‘the wrong way’ for a while and I was praying (I’m an atheist) the author had not written what I thought was going to happen. I’m so glad he didn’t, but he made me suffer!

I believe his books are mainly character driven and it’s literally impossible not to fall in love with these characters, not to understand and respect even their bad decisions and consequent actions. No character is perfect, which makes them human, relatable and, in general, real.

There’s a topic I feel is a MUST when reviewing a book by T J Klune, and it’s mental health. He does a fantastic job at making the reader know -and helping psychologists tell them- that it’s ok not to be ok, that there’s something that doesn’t work properly in all of our heads. Mental health is all about acquiring the tools to deal with that in the best way possible and not let it stop us from living.

I said this to him on a live show about The Extraordinaries and wanted to say it again here. As a psychologist, thank you! Thanks for that, thanks for telling people it’s ok to mourn and not be ok for some time when you lose someone and that the process will take its time, which is also different for everyone; thanks for reminding us that it’s ok to make mistakes as long as you learn from them, which is actually the point of being alive (or dead for the case of this book).

This, to summarise, has been my favourite TJ Klune so far and I need to continue reading all his books! Everybody should read them.

Please, let me know in the comments if you’ve read this and what you thought of it.

Hope you’re having a wonderful time.

Bear hugs!

Anne

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