Under the Whispering Door by T J Klune
Release Date: September 21, 2021
Page Count: 384 pages
Publisher: Tor Books
Under the Whispering Door is a contemporary fantasy with TJ Klune’s signature “quirk and charm” (PW) about a ghost who refuses to cross over and the ferryman he falls in love with
When a reaper comes to collect Wallace Price from his own funeral, Wallace suspects he really might be dead.
Instead of leading him directly to the afterlife, the reaper takes him to a small village. On the outskirts, off the path through the woods, tucked between mountains, is a particular tea shop, run by a man named Hugo. Hugo is the tea shop’s owner to locals and the ferryman to souls who need to cross over.
But Wallace isn’t ready to abandon the life he barely lived. With Hugo’s help he finally starts to learn about all the things he missed in life.
When the Manager, a curious and powerful being, arrives at the tea shop and gives Wallace one week to cross over, Wallace sets about living a lifetime in seven days.
By turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, this absorbing tale of grief and hope is told with TJ Klune’s signature warmth, humor, and extraordinary empathy.
Wow! Honestly just WOW!! There are some books that would make you feel a myriad of emotions in just a few hours and this is one of those.
I’ve read the synopsis and I went into it knowing that I’ll cry but I was so not prepared!! I mean it is a about a ghost falling for ferryman! I sobbed like a child and then laughed like a clown. It made me happy and sad and happy all over again and I will gladly go through it all again in a heartbeat.
Oh Wallace! I severely disliked him in the beginning but then he grows throughout the novel and makes you LOVE him! His life was uncomfortably relatable to me, something I didn’t want to think about. Not about how much of an arsehole he is but more about the loneliness. What if that was my future?
In death, Wallace had never felt more alive.
But this book is mostly about hope. About another chance. To live. To grow. To love and be loved. It was so beautiful and I’m not sure I’m expressing my feelings concisely. It just made me feel too much and I’m overwhelmed. The connection and chemistry between Hugo and Wallace is wonderful. I also loved the secondary characters, Nelson and Mei will steal your heart. And Apollo of course!
The writing is amazing and I loved the humour, the character and every single thing about this book, from the gorgeous cover to the perfect epilogue. Trust me, YOU NEED THIS BOOK!
*ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review