Under the Whispering Door
Book: Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune
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.
My Thoughts: This book had a lot of potential and, in my opinion, just fell flat. It starts with a glimpse at what Wallace was like in real life, how he was undoubtedly a selfish, unfeeling monster. When he dies and ends up at Hugo’s tea shop, his transition from cold-hearted to warm and caring felt too quick even though the chapters themselves seemed to move at a snail’s pace. And the chapters were not only slow, but also repetitive. Just about the entire story takes place in the shop, which means we hear a lot about Mei’s scones and Hugo’s tea and a particular table by the window and it also means the characters can only do so many things, trapped by the premise of the book. I found myself waiting and waiting for anything big to happen, something to give me a reason to keep turning the pages. When I finally reached the part of the book described in the synopsis about Wallace having a week to cross over, my focus was already long gone.
There were some small profound moments and lines, but they simply weren’t enough for me to believe the book was worth the hype.
If you want to give Under the Whispering Door a shot yourself, you can buy it here or borrow it from your local library.
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