Book Review: “Under The Whispering Door” By TJ Klune

TJ Klune has written two of my favorite books, now including this one. I read “The House in the Cerulean Sea” By him last year and it was easily top five of 2021. I was so excited to finally read this one because it has been catching my eye for months! This book made me feel all the emotions and I can’t wait to convince you to read this next!

“The first time you share tea, you are a stranger. The second time you share tea, you are an honored guest. The third time you share tea, you become family.”

T.J. Klune, Under the Whispering Door

About The Book

Author: TJ Klune

Publisher: Tor Books

Published Date: September 21, 2021

Page Count: 373 Pages

Main Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance

GoodReads Rating: 4.20

“We live and we breathe. We die, and we still feel like breathing. It’s not always the big deaths either. There are little deaths, because that’s what grief is.

T.J. Klune, Under the Whispering Door


Wallace Pierce is a no nonsense lawyer. He doesn’t take no for an answer and that is exactly why he has such a successful firm. But because of his rough personality he doesn’t have many friends or really none at all, and an Ex Wife who wants nothing to do with him.

Work is his entire life, until one day he wakes up in a church starring at his own coffin, with only a handful of people in attendance. No one seems to hear his complaints except one young girl he doesn’t recognize.

Mei is a reaper sent to take Wallace to Hugo, the Ferry Man for the in between place of life and death, who’s only job is to help people who have died come to terms with their untimely fate and help them cross to the other side.

Follow Wallace’s untimely journey through death and grief while he learns to accept his new life.

“Life is senseless, and on the off chance we find something that does make sense, we hold onto it as tightly as we can.”

T.J. Klune, Under the Whispering Door


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

“Everyone loses their way at some point, and it’s not just because of their mistakes or the decisions they make. It’s because they’re horribly, wonderfully human. And the one thing I’ve learned about being human is that we can’t do this alone. When we’re lost, we need help to try to find our way again.”

 T.J. Klune, Under the Whispering Door


This book was so beautiful! I felt all the emotions while reading this book, I laughed, I cried and even got angry at times!

I will be honest with you, I hated Wallace as a main character for the first few chapters but it is essential to the story for you to hate him. He becomes such a well rounded character in the end that you just fall madly in love with.

Speaking of which, the over all character development in this book is spot on. Every character in this book has a different personality that really changes over the course of the book which makes it really enjoyable to read.

So, if I loved this book so much why is it only 4.5 stars? Well, that is because in the middle of this book the story got a bit slow and a tad bit repetitive. It was nothing major but it did take me sometime to get through. Once you reach the last 100 pages though, I promise you will fly through this book!

“It’s never enough, is it? Time. We always think we have so much of it, but when it really counts, we don’t have enough at all.”

 T.J. Klune, Under the Whispering Door

QOTD: What TJ Klune Books have you read?


  1. I’ve read this book and The House in the Cerulean Sea and loved both of them so much. I actually loved this one just a tiny bit more but they were both 5 stars for me.


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