Rachy Reads Rating – 5 *
The Midnight Library has been on the best seller lists since it was released in August 2020. It’s been described as “Just beautiful” by Fearne Cotton and “A beautiful book to get lost in” by Zoe Ball.
Matt Haig is very open about his struggles with mental health, particularly depression, and this book is full of his experience with that. The book is about a woman called Nora who finds herself in a life that she doesn’t want to be anymore suffering with very severe depression. I would warn the book should possibly come with a trigger warning for suicide at the beginning but as with all of Matt Haig’s books there probably will be an enlightening ending so don’t let it put you off reading. The book explores ‘The Midnight Library’ which is a world in between life and death where you can explore different lives you could have lived. It’s an opportunity to see perhaps the grass isn’t always greener.
I couldn’t put this book down. I love stories with repetition it has a feeling similar to films like ‘Groundhog day’ or ‘Happy death day’. It’s a really interesting premise with a deeper meaning that Matt Haig does so exquisitely. This book deserves all the hype it’s getting at the moment and it’s currently half price in most book retailers so the perfect time to give it a read!
4.22 on Goodreads