The Midnight Library by Matt Haig.

The blurb states:

Between life and death there is a library.When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret. She feels she has let everyone down, including herself. But things are about to change.

The books in the Midnight Library enable Nora to live as if she had done things differently. With the help of an old friend, she can now undo every one of her regrets as she tries to work out her perfect life. But things aren’t always what she imagined they’d be, and soon her choices place the library and herself in extreme danger. Before time runs out, she must answer the ultimate question: what is the best way to live?

My thoughts:

This book was thought provoking, imaginative and emotional. I thought it was absolutely brilliant – I had mixed feelings about the character of Nora at the start; she reminded me of Eleanor Oliphant from the novel by Gail Honeyman and I thought the book may be of a similar ilk. As the story went on however I liked how Nora did learn from each experience in her alternate lives, and I was so pleased with the life she finally chose.

This book really made me think and has stuck with me ever since I finished it – I feel it has changed my outlook and positivity at a time where having a newborn baby has meant things can seem a bit cloudy! The decision that Nora chooses to make at the start of the story is one that has affected my family personally in the past, and I only wish that this book had been written sooner in the hope that the person involved could have read it and seen there is alternative outcomes to situations.

I very rarely give five star reviews, but this one is very well deserved. I will definitely be returning to The Midnight Library and reading it again.

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