The Book of Doors

HarperAudio. Feb. 2024. 13:16 hrs. ISBN 9780063324015. $26.99. FANTASY
Bookseller Cassie Andrews is closing up her bookshop one night when one of her regular customers dies. As she grieves, she’s astonished to find a mysterious book inscribed to her in his possession. Later, while catching up with her spunky roommate Izzy, Cassie describes a trip to Venice she’d taken years ago. She opens their door with the book in hand and is astonished to find the Venetian street she’d just been describing. Walking through transports her there immediately. Suddenly, a whole world is open to Cassie and Izzy as they gleefully open doorways and travel through. Cassie soon draws the attention of desperate and even deadly people who want the book for themselves. Luckily, Cassie finds help from Scottish librarian Drummond Fox and a hodgepodge of compatriots. To say more would ruin the many surprises, twists, and terrors in Brown’s uniquely magical debut. Narrator Miranda Raison masterfully envelops listeners in Cassie’s epic tale, balancing a myriad of accents ranging from Southern United States to South African, giving each character additional personality and depth through inflection.
VERDICT A complex, deftly plotted novel full of brutal violence and great joy, the bonds of friendship, and unique magic. Highly recommended.
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