SciFi/Fantasy Book Review: Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune: https://t.co/R9HT5VrtM4— Josh (garik16) (@garik16) December 7, 2021
Shot Review: 9 out of 10
Short Review (cont): A tremendous story about grief, featuring a scrooge like businessman dieing and being taken to a man supposed to guide him into moving on, with whom he falls in love and becomes determined to help, even when the forces of the universe turn against them.— Josh (garik16) (@garik16) December 7, 2021
Under the Whispering Door is the second adult novel by author T.J. Klune, author of last year's highly acclaimed The House in the Cerulean Sea (Reviewed here). The House in the Cerulean Sea was a delight, the story of a man from an bureaucratic agency that deals with the running of orphanages for children with magical talents, who falls in love with an orphanage keeper of some of the strangest children possible, in a heartwarming gay romance with a set of characters who you couldn't help but fall in love with. So I was very much excited to read this book, which in its description sounded in some ways like the last one.
And Under the Whispering Door is indeed going to be a little bit familiar to readers of Klune's last book - it also features a heartwarming M-M relationship between a man whose heart defrosts throughout and another with tremendous empathy, and a cast of really great characters who form a very cute family. However, the tone of the book is very different, with this book dealing heavily with the impact of Grief and guilt and how people react to it all, and what they need to try and move forward. It's pretty well done for the most part, both different and similar to the last book, so if you liked that The House in the Cerulean Sea, you'll like this - and if you haven't read that book, it's worth giving this one a try.
Trigger Warning: This book deals with Death, Grief, and a few death tropes, including Suicide and Death of a Child.