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Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune


I recently read this author’s The House in the Cerulean Sea and immediately read that one aloud to my kids. This one is much more of an adult book, heavier and more poignant. It’s beautifully written - I cried through several chapters - and it has a strongly personal feel to it.

It’s hard to not give the full story away, but the gist is that this guy is kind of a selfish jerk, and he dies. He ends up in this in-between world where he has to face what he was and think about his next steps before he disappears from the living world. As this book is fully about death, it’s not a light read, but the characters are so likable that it becomes a warm and fuzzy book despite the subject matter. It fits firmly in the fantasy genre, but it’s the kind of “maybe this exists and we just don’t see it” fantasy that I have found I really like. I highly recommend this one: go into it knowing that while it’s not a light read, it’s definitely worthwhile.

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