Book Review of Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

A selfish man learns to live in death.

Wallace Price is an egocentric man, verging on the point of cruelness. His work as a successful lawyer is all that matters to him. After inhumanly firing an employee who has worked in his firm for about ten years, Wallace drops dead. A kind reaper named Mei finds him at his funeral complaining about the lack of attendees. Mei takes him to Charon’s Crossing Tea and Treats to meet Hugo, the ferryman who will help him cross to the other side. At the tea shop, Wallace demands Hugo to end this death nonsense at once. Wallace has essential work to do at his firm. Denial leads Wallace to escape the tea shop, but the farther he goes into town, the more his skin flakes. He could lose himself and turn into a terrifying Husk. Wallace has no other option but to stay in the tea shop and confront what is next. He had no idea that Hugo, Mei, Nelson, a charming old ghost who can change clothes, Apollo, Hugo’s loyal dog ghost, and unexpected beings and events would change his perspective on life and death. TJ Klune, the acclaimed author of The House in the Cerulean Sea, does it again with his heartwarming and hilarious prose, eccentric characters, and evocative lessons. Prepare to laugh out loud, cry rivers, rethink life and death, and root for impossible love with Under the Whispering Door.

TJ Klune is one of the great authors of our generation.


I received an ARC from Macmillan-Tor/Forge (Tor Books) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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