The Midnight Library by Matt Haig | My Cousin Jane's Book Review

Posted by My Cousin Jane on 13th Jun 2021

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig | My Cousin Jane's Book Review

My cousin Jane has always been a voracious reader and the family bibliophile. When she's not walking her dog Pebbles by the sea, she can usually be found with a book in her hands. Over the course of the pandemic, her appetite for books has never diminished and I can always rely on her to recommend interesting new titles for me to read ("I've already read that" is the standard response I get when I try to return the favour). Jane's recommendations have never steered me wrong, and so I thought it would be good idea to share them with you! Every month, Jane is going to share her review of a book she has enjoyed and hopefully it might encourage you to pick up a copy and try it for yourself!

- Joan Lucey, owner Vibes & Scribes

Matt Haig's 'The Midnight Library' has, not surprisingly, climbed the fiction best sellers list and spent considerable time at the number one spot on the Irish List.

Who has never wondered what their life might have been like had they made other choices or taken another path? This book offers us a very readable, well written story of what 'might have been' for Nora, the main character. Unhappy and full of regrets, Nora finds herself being offered an opportunity to briefly experience the other lives that she could have lived.

This is achieved by means which are reminiscent of what happened to George Bailey in 'It's a Wonderful Life' and the reader is drawn willingly into this original novel. It's a multilayered account of Nora's life, in trivialities, joys, setbacks and more serious considerations of depression, friendship, contentment and life goals in a reader friendly way.

The pace zips along and the reader will be impatient to find out what becomes of Nora. An unusual and very entertaining story and well-deserved best seller.