Having recently finished reading, 'The Midnight Library' by Matt Haig, I wanted to share my thoughts on this incredible narrative. Already being a fan of Matt's non-fiction writing, this was my first experience of his stories and it really resonated with me strongly.
A Simple Concept
The premise was this... Nora Seed was at the end of her tether and wanted to end her life. Instead of just dying outright, she found herself locked in an in-between zone, known as the Midnight Library, which was actually run by her old secondary school librarian. Realising she had this opportunity to explore alternative pathways, Nora picked different books which acted as gateways to other lives.
Adventures included spending time as a scientist researching the melting of glaciers in the Arctic and coming eye-to-eye with a huge polar bear. She also got to find out what life might have turned like if she had stuck with her brother's band and experienced fame and fortune.
Struggling with mental health, Nora took this chance to really consider the positives and negatives of being herself. Would she learn from this experience or simply harness regrets?
I can't say any more without giving the game away.
So without a doubt, this novel deserves its platform because it has so much to say about society and mental health.
Try the first chapter and I guarantee you will soon be hooked. Short chapters and a strong voice make this book superb.