I gave this book five very full, very well deserved stars.
When I picked up The House in the Cerulean Sea last year I didn’t believe the people who told me it was the best thing they had read or that I would love it and in all honesty, while I didn’t love it, I enjoyed it – the messages it brought me, the warm hug I felt at the end was very welcome but it was just the taster for me, enough to bring me in from the cold.
Under the Whispering Door was less a hug and more a cuddle, it kept me in warmth all the way through as if I was ensconced in a fluffy blanket and thick bed socks, supporting me all the way through because this book brings a lot of feeling and raw emotion and I needed that support. I loved it and as soon as I finished it I wanted to start again from the beginning. This book has hit my re-read shelf and I’ll be recommending and gifting it to as many people as I can.
I won’t spend too much time talking about the narrative of Under the Whispering Door but I will say it is fantastical without seeming like a fantasy and it carries delicate and heavy subject matter without breaking a sweat – although I would advise some more sensitive readers to seek out trigger warnings, as you can read in the synopsis, this book centres around death and holds some dark content.
But on the other hand, this book holds a lot of love and compassion too, through Klune’s writing style and the characters he has created and their ‘found family’ I felt a deep connection to Hugo, Wallace and Mei along with basically everyone else. Grief is a hard subject to write about – it hits everyone differently and you can never know what to expect. I have listened to Klune in several author chats now and can say that he writes what he knows and he does it very well. I’d like to think that this book will help people when they need it, I know it has helped me and I have since lent my copy to my mum who loved it too.
I’ll be keeping my eyes out for Klune’s next book in this little contingent, even though it’ll be a heartbreaker probably, I know ultimately my heart is safe.
If you would like to win a copy of Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune please head over to my instagram and check out my tour post!