Review: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Good morning my loves

I hope you had a great weekend. After a possible exposure on Friday to the dreaded C word and a test in the afternoon, I’ve spent the weekend in quarantine as a precautionary measure. I actually managed to read 3 books over the weekend as a result of the #DigitalDetox which was absolutely wonderful. So, all in all, not all together bad really! Today’s post is my review of The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. Here’s a bit of a spoiler for you – I loved it! Now, on to the review!

*  Thank you to Cannongate for sending me a gifted copy of this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Title: The Midnight Library
Author: Matt Haig
Publication date: 13th August 2020
My rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads rating: 4.42
Pages: 304
Genre: Fiction


‘Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices… Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?’

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?


After attempting suicide, Nora Seed finds herself in The Midnight Library. A place that is entirely her own, filled with books that tell the story of the different lives she could have lived if she had made different choices. She has the opportunity to fix her regrets and see what life would have been like if she had taken a different path.

Another truly exceptional book from Matt Haig, The Midnight Library is filled with heart, hope, and the most uplifting message. Haig writes with boundless empathy and creates characters that are so human, I defy anyone to read Nora’s story and not find some aspects of their own self within her.

Of course, mental health is at the core of this story, and as usual, it is dealt with with the utmost respect and love, in a way that only someone that has faced their own struggles could do. It is not sensationalised nor is it fetishised. It is handled in a way I have yet to see another writer do so beautifully.

As with every Haig book that I have read up until now, the story is so carefully constructed and is so absorbing that I read it in one fevered sitting. I adored it so much that I immediately pre-ordered myself a copy. I did not think this Reasons to Stay Alive and Notes on a Nervous Planet could be beaten in my eyes, but The Midnight Library did just that. This book is available now and if the above interests you in any way, then I highly recommend you grab yourself a copy of this book.

Of course there are trigger warnings for poor mental health and suicidal thoughts etc, but if that is something you think you can manage then this is a book not to be missed!

Buy this book


Peace and pages

2 Replies to “Review: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig”

  1. Oooh this sounds so good.

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