Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

There are certain elements of the human experience we know to be universal: love and death.


If they come in that order, most of us would say that life is good. But what if death came first?


What I Liked

This is a beautiful exploration of the ideas many of hold around love and death.  With it’s gorgeous, memorable character development and a setting so clear and cozy you felt like you were right there, this book drew me in from the very first page. 


There are places you will laugh, get infuriated, sigh with satisfaction, and be truly touched by the genuine emotion the author inspires.


What I Wish Had Been Different

I have just one small critique. Toward the end of the book, the pacing slowed a bit for me. I was incredibly vested in the characters, however, so it wasn’t a struggle to finish this book. In fact, I couldn’t read the last few chapters fast enough. 


For its imaginative plot, its courageous exploration of love after death, and for the kind of characters that are so likeable and memorable that you almost hate that the book ended, I give this book 4.5 stars.


Book Details

Genre: LGBTQIA/Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Release Date: 21 September 2021

Book Blurb:

Welcome to Charon’s Crossing.
The tea is hot, the scones are fresh, and the dead are just passing through.


When a reaper comes to collect Wallace from his own funeral, Wallace begins to suspect he might be dead.


And when Hugo, the owner of a peculiar tea shop, promises to help him cross over, Wallace decides he’s definitely dead.


But even in death he’s not ready to abandon the life he barely lived, so when Wallace is given one week to cross over, he sets about living a lifetime in seven days.


Hilarious, haunting, and kind, Under the Whispering Door is an uplifting story about a life spent at the office and a death spent building a home.

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