When a reaper comes to collect Wallace Price from his own funeral, Wallace suspects he really might be dead.

Instead of leading him directly to the afterlife, the reaper takes him to a small village. On the outskirts, off the path through the woods, tucked between mountains, is a particular tea shop, run by a man named Hugo. Hugo is the tea shop’s owner to locals and the ferryman to souls who need to cross over.

But Wallace isn’t ready to abandon the life he barely lived. With Hugo’s help he finally starts to learn about all the things he missed in life.

When the Manager, a curious and powerful being, arrives at the tea shop and gives Wallace one week to cross over, Wallace sets about living a lifetime in seven days.

Genre: Fiction/Fantasy

Number of Pages: 384 Pages

Date of Publication: 28/10/2021


The author of this book is TJ Klune and the book was published by Pan Mcmillan.

Rating: 5/5


Under The Whispering Door is a masterpiece. This is such a beautifully written and uplifting story about death, grief and second chances. Every single character in this book has a huge impact on the story and their interactions and connections to each other were full of real emotion. 

This book made me reflect about my life and how sometimes we don’t see the importance of what is in front of us. This was such a great read and one that I didn’t want it to finish. TJ Klune managed to balance everything perfectly.  The character’s personalities, development and their relationships to each other, the pace of the story and the emotions that these brought out. I cried like no other book has ever made me cry before but it also made me laugh hard in places.  It also made me dislike one of the main characters at the beginning while by the end of the story I ended up loving him.

This book touched me deeply and I keep finding myself thinking about it even now its finished. This story will stay with me for a long time.

P.S while I personally always read the acknowledgments pages because I’m a big nerd I highly recommend you don’t skip them for this book. It’s so touching and personal about the author’s motivation and inspiration in writing this book.

I also love my physical copy which I got from Waterstones as it came signed and with beautiful sprayed edges.

Availability: The book is available in all good bookshops

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