The Midnight Library – Book Review

The Midnight Library: The No.1 Sunday Times bestseller and worldwide phenomenon by [Matt Haig]

Title:- The Midnight Library

Author:- Matt Haig

Date Published:- April 13th 2020

No. of pages:- 295 pages

Genre:- Contemporary Fiction


Nora’s life has been going from bad to worse. Then at the stroke of midnight on her last day on earth she finds herself transported to a library. There she is given the chance to undo her regrets and try out each of the other lives she might have lived. Which raises the ultimate question: with infinite choices, what is the best way to live?

This is one of the unique books I have read. Nora Seed’s life is going from bad to worse–on the stroke of midnight, she tries to commit suicide and ends up being transported to a place called The Midnight Library, where her old librarian Mrs. Elms is in charge. Throughout this book, Nora tries to undo her life and tries to live in a life she wishes she had been living.

The writing was unique and the author did a good job of drawing the reader into the story. The plot itself is unique and I have never read something like this before. I like how Nora is transported into different lives–from being a supportive wife, to being a famous rock start, to an Olympian to a researcher–and she gets a taste of her life in each of these different lives. I really liked reading this book and was so immersed into the story! The story is of course told mainly from Nora’s perspective and along Nora’s life journey, I also felt like I was in this part of the journey too. The ending was slightly predictable but I liked it.

If you haven’t read the Midnight Library yet, you should get one–worth five stars!

Matt Haig is the number one bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive, Notes on a Nervous Planet and six highly acclaimed novels for adults, including How to Stop Time, The Humans and The Radleys. His latest novel is The Midnight Library and the audiobook edition is read by Carey Mulligan. Haig also writes award-winning books for children, including A Boy Called Christmas, which is being made into a feature film with an all-star cast. He has sold more than a million books in the UK and his work has been translated into over forty languages.

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