Reading: Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

It’s essentially the same story as House in the Cerulean Sea, but I loved it no less because of that. I liked this cast of characters, and the epilogue gave me a really good cry.

Reading History

First Read: January 28, 2022 - February 15, 2022
Reading Counter: 1
Rating: 5 - Amazing.

Summary & Thoughts

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

Wallace dies and goes to a small tea shop to cross. There he meets Hugo, the ferryman, Hugo’s dead grandfather who hasn’t been ready to cross yet, and the very nice reaper, Mai. There’s also the ghost of Hugo’s dog. Wallace was a career-driven, self-centered ass in life, but he opens up after death. He stays longer than anyone except the grandpa has stayed, and the Manager (smaller god person) forces him to cross through the whispering door. He gives him a week. Wallace uses the week to help a few people, including a “husk,” so a ghost who left the tea shop into the real world and fell apart. This is also what saves him in the end. The manager decides that he can help the other husks. So, he revives Wallace and he and Hugo get to spend their time together. Now, they can finally touch. In the epilogue, the grandpa and the dog cross, and it’s super sad, but also fantastic.

Kate Hildenbrand

Kate Hildenbrand

Kate Hildenbrand is the writer behind the essays here, author of fiction novels, the creator of the Kate Hildenbrand podcast, and a student of marine ecology. At least, that's her on the surface.