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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.
I was not expecting Under the Whispering Door to be so slow and philosophical. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad book, and I still enjoyed reading it. However, I was definitely expecting something more like The House in the Cerulean Sea, especially since the publisher chose THAT cover and chose to market this book THAT way.
Anyway, I think you’ll like this one if you enjoy reading slower paced books that focus more on philosophy and solving life’s mysteries. That’s not my favourite, pesonally. I found the world building to be very intriguing, though, and that’s the main thing that kept me reading.
The main character, Wallace, is being marketed as being a massive knob. He’s horrible when he’s alive and upon dying he realises he probably should have been a better person. I feel like this all came on way too quickly, especially considering the early reviews that talked about what a butt the main character is and it put some people off the book. He really wasn’t that bad.
I didn’t like the romance between Wallace and Hugo, just because it was SO RUSHED. One minute Hugo was just being lovely and friendly and then all of a sudden they’re in love with one another and they can’t be apart. I didn’t understand the build up. I felt similarly about the relationship in THITCS, though, however that relationship was so much better and CUTER.
Check this one out if you want, but go into it knowing it’s not really anything like The House in the Cerulean Sea and trying to compare the two will leave you disappointed. You may like this one, but for me it wasn’t what I was expecting, and I don’t love slow paced books anyway.