Between life and death, there is a library


Matt Haig delivers another A-plus book with “The Midnight Library.” He is known for writing best-selling novels and is one of the best British authors of adult fiction. 


In his new creation, “The Midnight Library,” not only do a lot of real-life problems get shown, but Haig also reflects on his own experiences, which makes the book more real.

No wonder it was the number one New York Times bestseller.


The book is about Nora Seed, a depressed and lonely woman in her mid-30s. She lives in Bedford, United Kingdom, where she has lived since she was a child.

Her childhood was not always easy; she lost her father at a young age, and her mother died of cancer.


Additionally, she carries a lot of regret throughout her life; wrong decisions she made or things she gave up make her feel as if she wasted her life. That, combined with no contact with her estranged brother Joe or her best friend Izzy, who lives in Australia, only adds to her depressed thoughts. 


After some unfortunate events, which included her young cat dying and getting fired from her boring job, Nora decides she wants to die. 


However, that really didn’t work out very well, and she lands in the Midnight Library, where her old school librarian waits for her. The real adventure starts now. 

Nora tries to find a reason to keep living and traveling in different books, which are different versions of the life she could have lived.


The plot thickens with each page, and Matt Haig does an excellent job of keeping the tension up.  Readers are completely immersed in the book until the final sentences and will wonder what Nora’s next steps are.


Haig’s writing style is great and keeps the reader interested. He employs numerous images, flashbacks, and allusions to famous philosophers.  Throughout the book, Nora quotes her favorite philosophers, which also shows her emotional and intellectual depth.


The story never gets confusing, and Matt Haig always explains the storyline very well. The unique way of presenting the different lives of Nora is something I’ve never read before. 


I highly recommend “The Midnight Library”  for anyone who struggles with life, enjoys a gripping story, and wants to know more about the Library between life and death.