Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune Review

TJ Klune, writer of BookTok favourite The House in the Cerulean Sea, is again with one other whimsical story stuffed together with his trademark humor, peculiar characters, and profound classes. This time, Under the Whispering Door (out Sept. 21) facilities round the high-strung and by-the-book Wallace Price, who thinks company success is the key to happiness, even at the expense of his staff and his now ex-wife. When Wallace dies of a coronary heart assault in his workplace one Saturday morning, he solely realizes he is lifeless when Mei, a reaper, involves fetch his soul at his personal (sparsely attended) funeral. From there, he is whisked away to not the afterlife, however to a ramshackle tea store on the outskirts of a small village in the center of the woods to satisfy Hugo, the store’s proprietor and ferryman who guides souls who must cross over.

Unfortunately for Hugo and the different souls who reside at Charon’s Crossing Tea and Treats, Wallace is not able to cross. In truth, it is solely in loss of life that Wallace realizes he has a life price dwelling — particularly after The Manager, a wierd and god-like determine, provides him simply seven days to reside his (after)life and get his affairs so as earlier than being pressured by the door.

With the sort of yr we have all had, who would not need a e-book that turned their insides to goopy mush?

As Wallace involves phrases together with his personal loss of life, he begins reflecting again on his life and realizes the fantastic thing about slowing down, opening up, and surrounding your self with kindness, love, and friendship. With these newly acquired expertise, he begins taking steps to alter and enhance different souls that want help earlier than they will cross over, even when it prices him every part he is grown to like in a really quick period of time.

In simply 22 chapters, I fell in love with Hugo, Mei, and Apollo, and discovered to like and root for Wallace as he modified for the higher. Klune has a outstanding knack for fleshing his characters out into unusual, lovable creatures in a brief period of time, attaching them to your heartstrings, after which giving these strings a pointy tug.

Even although the plot of Under the Whispering Door was a bit predictable, I did not thoughts — its cozy allure made me really feel like I used to be sitting down with a e-book I’ve learn and beloved one million occasions over. After ending it, the heat of his plotlines and characters caught with me for days after as I imagined Wallace, Hugh, Mei, and the different characters dwelling their post-epilogue lives. And with the sort of yr we have all had, who would not need a e-book that turned their insides to goopy mush? You’ll snort, you may cry, you may snort by your tears — and even end up rooting for Wallace, too.

Standout Quote

“It’s life, Wallace. Even when you’re dead, it’s still life. You exist. You’re real. You’re strong and brave, and I’m so happy to know you.”


Imagine you are in a comfortable cottage in the woods whereas studying this. Grab your coziest blanket, a cup of your favourite tea, and prepare to settle in.

Read This If You Like . . .

Klune’s different e-book The House in the Cerulean Sea or beloved watching Michael Schur’s The Good Place — it weaves an identical thread of lovable characters attempting to determine easy methods to reside their greatest post-death lives.

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge Prompts

  • A e-book that is printed in 2021
  • A e-book by an writer that shares your zodiac signal (Taurus)
  • A e-book the place the essential character works at your present or dream job (operating a coffeehouse slash tea store)
  • A e-book set in a restaurant
  • A e-book about do-overs or contemporary begins
  • A magical realism e-book

How Long It Takes to Read

Under the Whispering Door is 384 pages, however after a leisurely begin I learn the final 150 pages in a single sitting — I could not put it down.

Give This Book to . . .

Someone who loves BookTok suggestions, queer fiction, magical realism books, or anybody who needs a lighthearted tackle loss of life and grief.

Sweet Spot Summary

At its core, Under the Whispering Door ($24) is a narrative about grief, hope, and what it means to really be “alive,” advised with Klune’s potential to stability heavy subjects with insightful and witty dialogue.