ARC Review: Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune

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ARC Review: Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune
Under the Whispering Door

4.5 Stars


Book Info

Released: September 21st 2021
Genre: Fantasy
Published by Tor Books
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
 

“This book is a masterpiece of sadness and joy of seriousness and silliness of life and death.”

~ Under the Covers

Recommended Read!

“The first time you share tea, you are a stranger.
The second time you share tea, you are an honored guest.
The third time you share tea, you become family.”

I knew. I KNEW this book would wreck me and yet it did as if I hadn’t known. The book opens up with Wallace Price and I immediately thought, who let Sheldon Cooper loose into the world? Where is his Leonard? (Big Bang Theory reference here.) I’m going to be honest at first I thought I wasn’t going to like this book and Wallace felt like a generic version of a cold, heartless lawyer. As soon as we were introduced to Mei, a reaper who ushers the dead to Hugo the ferryman and his teashop, I started to fall for Wallace.

Wallace Price is a lawyer and cold business owner. He fires his loyal, hardworking employee for barely missing a deadline right after she confides in him about her difficult life situation. At his funeral almost no one attends and the ones that do aren’t exactly sad about his death. He wrestles with his sudden death and is addled with questions for Mei, the reaper, and Hugo the Ferryman. Hugo and his teashop offer Wallace solace to come to peace with his death before he crosses over. The question is what will Wallace do with his time he is given at the teashop, and with Hugo, and what will he learn about life and death?

This book is a masterpiece of sadness and joy of seriousness and silliness of life and death. Hugo was such a warm, patient, deep character–the counter to Wallace who is uptight, and suspicious. The journey Wallace goes through throughout this book is inspiring, hilarious, and sweet. Grab a cup of tea and cozy up with this one.

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About T.J. Klune

TJ KLUNE is a Lambda Literary Award-winning author (Into This River I Drown) and an ex-claims examiner for an insurance company. His novels include The House in the Cerulean Sea and The Extraordinaries. Being queer himself, TJ believes it's important—now more than ever—to have accurate, positive, queer representation in stories.

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Amy R

Thanks for the review, adding to my wishlist.

Ava

I am so excited to read this one! I absolutely adored House In The Cerulean Sea, as well as TJ Klune’s writing style. I’m so glad to see his new book is getting such stellar reviews!

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