Book Review: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

April 14, 2021


The Midnight Library by Matt Haig is a story which takes place between life and death. Mr. Haig is an award-winning, bestselling English author.

  • 304 pages
  • Publisher : Viking
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10 : 0525559477

Default TitleMy rating for The Midnight Library  – 3
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My wife wanted to read this book, and we heard a lot about it and I’ve read one of Mr Haig’s previous books How to Stop Time and liked it. Our daughter bought a copy to give her on a special occasion,consequently after she finished I got a hold of it.

I have nothing particularly bad, or exceptionally good to say about The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. Maybe because of all the hype around it, more was expected.

It’s difficult to feel anything for Nora Seed, the mid-30s protagonist. She was born with a winning hand of cards, very smart (a glaciologist), Olympic level athlete, and a voice that can fill stadiums.
Does she really have it that bad?

Obviously she does because suicide is a good option. While it sounds strange, Mr. Haig does a fantastic job writing how someone like Nora could get so low – it was fascinating to follow.

The concept is very enjoyable, but at some point the book become preachy. Not even religious preachy, but like social media memes / greeting cards self-help preachy.

The beginning was very good yet uncomfortable to read (in a good way). We follow Nora as her depression snowballs out of control – I was looking forward for the rest. The ending was exactly as I thought it would be, but sprinkled with diabetic level sugar on top.

Unfortunately the book went from an altogether interesting, well written story, to a not-so-interesting, well written yet cheesy self-help/motivational book.


Nora Seed wants to die, but instead she finds herself in a library where she could live alternate versions of her reality, with different choices. Nora tries her hand at being an Olympic athlete, a rock star, and a glaciologist. Nevertheless, with every life comes its own consequences.

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