Title: The Midnight Library
Author: Matt Haig
Page Count/Review Word Count: 292
By this point, you can definitely call me a Matt Haig fan. And this book is a great example of why.
The idea here is that our protagonist feels as though she’s stuck in a dead-end life and so she decides to unalive herself, as I gather we’re supposed to call it now. But instead of finding herself in heaven or hell, she ends up in the Midnight Library.
In the library, she’s given the ability to undo her regrets in life and to see all of the different ways that her life could have worked out if things had been different. It’s reminiscent of The Butterfly Effect in that respect, but with a typical Haig touch.
I also liked the fact that a cat (Voltaire or Volts for short) plays an important role in the plot here, especially after reading To Be a Cat. Haig seems to be a cat man, and cat men are all good in my book.
The only real criticism that I have is that I thought the ending was a little predictable, although I also think that’s because that’s what the ending had to be. I can’t imagine it with any other ending because it tied things up nicely and also came with a little message for the reader.
In fact, this is one of those books that makes you think, and I’m always down for that. In particular, it had me musing on the nature of regret and whether the choices that we make and don’t make in life actually define us.
Yeah, Matt Haig is pretty good at that kind of thing.