Book Review | Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

Monday, February 13, 2023

Summary: 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.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Thoughts: I finished this book last week and I cannot stop thinking about it. It's one of my top reads of all time. 

It goes through all the stages of grief after death, except it's from the dead person's view. And it's...sad and interesting and sometimes funny.

I adore all the main characters in here. Wallace grows from a very unlikeable person to an extremely wonderful man. I enjoyed watching him grow and his and Hugo's relationship grow. Apollo was wonderful as well. Of course I would love the dog. I just really love that he stayed to make sure Hugo was ago. Unconditional love and loyalty. Even after death. Nelson was a riot. Always causing trouble, but making sure his family is taken care of. Mei is fiercely loyal to those she loves and very protective.

This all takes place in a tea shop that Hugo runs. Hugo and Mei can see and speak to ghosts, so they help them crossover. The tea shop serves as a "way station" of sorts. One stop on their journey to crossover.

I really love how Wallace went through all these stages of grief, but also grew to be a better man. You can see him going from someone who only cares about himself to someone that would do anything for those he loves. He becomes family with Nelson, Hugo, Mei, and Apollo and it made me so happy.

"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 loved the ending. It was exactly what I was hoping for. I cannot wait to read more books by this author.

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