Witty, haunting, and kind, Under the Whispering Door is a gift for troubled times. TJ Klune brings us a warm hug of a story about a life spent working to death and an afterlife learning how to live.
Welcome to Charon's Crossing.
The tea is hot, the scones are fresh and the dead are just passing through.
When workaholic Wallace Price is collected by a reaper from his own funeral, he finally accepts that he really must be dead. But instead of being taken to the afterlife, Wallace is led far away to a peculiar tea shop in the woods. There he meets the curious locals along with Hugo, the shop owner who helps souls to cross over.
But Wallace isn’t ready to leave his strange new home, not now he’s met the kind and charming Hugo and is just starting to feel alive. So when he’s given one week to pass on, Wallace resolves to use the time he has left to experience a lifetime in only seven days.
Fans of A Man Called Ove and The Good Place will fall for this queer love story by TJ Klune, the author of joyous New York Times bestseller The House in the Cerulean Sea.
Praise for TJ Klune's The House in the Cerulean Sea:
'I loved it. It is like being wrapped up in a big gay blanket. Simply perfect.' - V. E. Schwab, no.1 New York Times bestselling author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
'A modern fairy tale about learning your true nature and what you love and will protect. It's a beautiful book.' - Charlaine Harris, no.1 New York Times bestselling author
'1984 meets The Umbrella Academy with a pinch of Douglas Adams thrown in. Touching, tender, and truly delightful.' - Gail Carriger, New York Times bestselling author of Soulless
'A witty, wholesome fantasy that’s likely to cause heart-swelling.' - The Washington Post
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This was exceptional. There's really no way to describe it. I laughed, cried, laughed some more and now I want a cup of peppermint tea. Amazing writing, story, characters. So many feelings. Painful in a delicate way. Yep, this is Klune. I love it.
I adored The House in the Cerulean Sea, so I was so excited when this came up on Netgalley. And wow, it did not disappoint. I read it in 2 sittings and cried for a solid half an hour after finishing it. The characters are marvellous, the plot perfect, the pacing fantastic and I will buy anything else TJ Klune writes. As sad as I was at the end, I know it's made my perspective on life that bit better. A queer love story that explores life, death and everything in between, I recommend this to absolutely everybody.
There’s nothing quite like reading an exceptionally good book and Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune is hands down one of the best books I’ve read this year. Probably even one of the best books I’ve read ever. I don’t quite know how to describe this book except that it’s wonderfully queer. Not only queer as in having a diverse cast but queer as in extraordinary, funny, (read hilarious), bizarre, unconventional and utterly uncanny in the best of ways. I don’t cry when I read books. Not ever. But this book was so close to bringing me to tears. Happy tears and sad tears. Tears of joy and tears of sorrow. This story is full to the brim with emotions. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that is both light and heavy in the way that Under the Whispering Door is. It’s a complex, heartfelt story which made me think about what’s truly important in life. How easy it is to get caught up on trivial stuff and forgetting what really matters. The things we take for granted are usually what leaves the largest void in their absence. If you only plan to read one single book in your life then this is the book you should choose. Thank you so much to the team at Pan Macmillan for providing me with an eARC of this incredible book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.