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Under the Whispering Door

Updated: Dec 31, 2021

By T. J. Klune

A Heartwarming and Captivating Story With Characters That are Diverse and Intriguing.



Wallace Price, an arrogant workaholic attorney, drops dead of a heart attack. A reaper, named May comes to collect him at his funeral, which is poorly attended, and escorts him to an unusual house in a small nearby village. In the house is a tea shop, run by a ferryman named Hugo who helps lost souls cross over. But Wallace isn't quite ready to go yet.

Hugo helps Wallace realize how much he had and how much he missed in his life. When Hugo’s manager visits the tea shop, he gives Wallace a deadline. He must cross over in seven days. Wallace, who is falling in love with Hugo, spends the next seven days living a lifetime.


UNDER THE WHISPERING DOOR is a delightful and quirky contemporary fantasy novel about a ghost and the ferryman he fell in love with. T. J. Klune’s writing is clear, clever, and easy to read. Despite the topics of death, loss, and grief, he creates a story that is heartwarming and captivating, with characters that are diverse and intriguing. Hugo’s grandfather, Nelson, and his dog Apollo are particularly colorful.

T. J. Klune, an American author whose books feature gay and LGBTQ characters, is also the author of THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA (2020). Both books are full of warmth, humor, and hopefulness and with characters that will inspire you to think just a bit more about living your best life now.

The narrator for UNDER THE WHISPERING DOOR, Kirt Graves, brings the story to life with a distinct voice for each character. His tone brings out the lightness and levity of the story.

Thanks to Netgalley and Macmillian Audio for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher Macmillian Audio

Published September 21, 2021

Narrated Kirt Graves

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