Matt Haig: The Midnight Library


Between life and death there is a library.

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?


The premise for The Midnight Library is absolutely wonderful, and I was intrigued to see how it would translate to Norma’s story. The scientific aspect of the premise is explained well and I could easily slip into Nora’s life and become consumed by it. The phrasing Haig uses is often lyrical and this made the writing so immersive. I often found myself wondering how the ideas in the novel could apply to me and what other “lives” I could have lived.

I found it quite easy to relate to Nora as a protagonist and her character is incredibly well developed. Perhaps the cleverest aspect of the character creation is that Haig has created several different personalities for Nora and explores all of these and how they would impact her life, whilst still maintaining the essence of her original personality.

Haig is well known for being very open about his own mental health, and mental health is once again an important theme in The Midnight Library. It definitely gave me pause for thought with regards to my own mental health and the overall message is one that is generally positive.

The Midnight Library is available from Amazon.

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