“The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig

Thanks to Canongate and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

What if you could change the past? Take all those nasty regrets and make a different choice? Nora, the main character of this novel is given that chance to remake some of her past decisions.

I really like Matt Haig. He seems like an all round top bloke. Up till now I hadn’t read any of his books but I’d heard about this one some months ago and the premise sounded intriguing.

I felt like this book read like one of those eastern philosophical tales where characters exist to make some kind of profound point. It felt like lots of key messages from a self help book were couched within the story which considering self help books are basically kryptonite to me didn’t really endear me to it.

One of the consequences of this approach was that the characters didn’t really have much depth. They just existed to make some kind of point and then buggered off. It was also completely obvious what the ultimate outcome of Nora’s story was going to be.

It was just a bit fat meh for me. Rather than feeling uplifted, I just felt irritated and a little bit patronised.

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