Between life and death there is a library.Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads
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?
I didn’t even have to read the whole synopsis for this one. “Between life and death there is a library”… yes, done. Where do I sign?
After fighting with her depression, Nora decides to take her own life and ends up in the Midnight Library where she gets the chance to undo her regrets, to live her other lives. Every book in the library leads to a life where she made a different decision. What if she hadn’t quit swimming? What if she said yes to the cute doctor who asked her out to coffee? What if she had moved to Australia with her best friend?
Can you imagine getting the chance to see how your life had turned out had you chosen differently? We all have those nagging thoughts at the back of our minds that keep us awake with the constant ‘what ifs’ . The guy who asked us out that we still think of, if we had gotten a dog instead of a cat, or the city we decided to move to…. I would love a chance to experience the results of those decision!
It was beautiful to follow along as Nora experienced the outcome of each of her regrets. We tend to think that if we had done a certain thing differently our life would be so different.. and while that’s true, ‘different’ doesn’t always mean ‘better’. I loved watching her go from not wanting to live, to not wanting to die, to finally feeling alive.
Trigger Warning for depression, anxiety and suicide. I loved this book and can’t recommend it enough!
Have you read The Midnight Library? What were your thoughts?