The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
This was one of the best books I’ve read so far this year.
Haig starts the book off right away with telling the reading that the main character, Nora, is going to commit suicide. Not more than a few chapters in, she does just that. This act, instead of leaving the book without a main character with most of the book left, leads the reader to the midnight library. This is Nora’s version of the “in between.” She’s not dead, but she’s not quite alive in this library either. Among the books in the library are her regrets and every life that she ever could have possibly lived depending on each choice she ever made. Haig takes the reader through many many different lives of Nora. Some lives she absolutely hates, while others she is sad to leave.
This novel did an amazing job tackling issues surrounding mental health. Depression, addiction, grief, and anxiety are all subjects broached by Haig in a way that reminds the reader that everyone is dealing with something in their daily lives even if it isn’t noticeable on the outside.
I won’t give the ending away, but I will tell you it is a satisfying wrap up to a beautiful, funny, sometimes heartbreaking and complicated story.
Other books by Matt Haig include:
How to Stop Time
Reasons to Stay Alive
Notes on a Nervous Planet
The Dead Fathers Club
…and a Christmas series!