Under the Whispering Door
By TJ Klune
Pub Date: September 21, 2021
First and foremost, thank you times a million to NetGalley and Tor Books for gifting me the ARC of this book. I wished with all of my might to be granted early access to this book and my dream came true!
I can barely put into words…this book. I had super high expectations as The House in the Cerulean Sea has been a STANDOUT favorite of mine since I read it. This book did not disappoint.
I literally cried – in the Epilogue, it was almost to the point of random sobs! This book has a beauty that you don’t expect in a book about death. This is a heavy book about life, death, acceptance, grief, and reflection. I cannot state enough that the trigger warning/content warning in the beginning pages of this book is so necessary, but also, so appreciated that it was even included. Death is a fickle subject – it’s inevitable in life, and the subject in a book is a hard one to balance. There is no fantasizing death in this book, but rather, the notion that death is not the end-all be-all of existence. There is no religious heaven or hell, no denomination of belief here, and I think that is really hard to do when discussing death. Well done, TJ Klune.
This book was funny, unexpected, poignant, and wonderful. 5-stars from me.