Mike Reviews: Under The Whispering Door by TJ Klune

Themes: LGBT/Romance/Fantasy/Comedy

Format: Audiobook (also available on Kindle and paperback)

Wallace Price hasn’t really lived life. He’s an unlikeable, unsympathetic, forty-year-old workaholic. But like all of us eventually do, he dies.

A reaper takes him to a waystation, if you will. It’s a tea shop run by the ferryman, someone who helps souls cross over to the other side.

This is where the majority of the story takes place, inside the tea shop, and where Wallace does some soul searching (quite literally). I love his character development.

Wallace needs to come to some realization before he goes through the door to the other side. No one is pushing him and no one can help him. It’s something he must do on his own. Over time, he does start to realize how much of life he missed out on, and makes some great friends with the occupants of the tea shop.

The book encompasses “all the emotions”. It’s heartwarming, quirky, deals with life and death, loss, grief, acceptance, forgiveness of one’s self. I grew to really enjoy this one, the further into it I read. It was pretty emotional in places, and quite humorous in others.

It’s written by T.J Klune, who has become one of my favorite LGBT authors, and one of my favorite authors all together, as of late.

Goodreads rating: 4.4/5

Mike’s rating: 4.5/5

Page count: 373

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