Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan


I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley, Random House UK, Cornerstone publishing in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my opinion or review in any way.


I didn’t hear anything about this book and didn’t know it existed until I saw it on Netgalley. What a wonderful surprise of a gem!

Lydia is a bookseller in a bookstore in Denver called “Bright Ideas Bookstore”. She has many beloved ‘Book Frogs’ who are a motley crew of characters who spend a lot of time in the bookstore.

One day, her life changes when Joey, one of her Book Frogs is found hanging from a noose in the bookstore and is dead on arrival. Even more peculiar is that he bequeaths all of his belonging to her.

““Joey loved it here,” he said. “Loved it. This place gave him something sacred. Gave his mind some quiet. This was his Thanksgiving table. His couch-cushion fort. He could get lost in here like nowhere else on earth.”

A lot happens after this, including demons from Lydia’s past coming back to haunt her. Rather than spoiling all this, I will let you read the book and find out for yourself.

There are many things I loved about this book, but here are some that come to me immediately: I really felt that I was a patron of the bookstore. I got a great sense of the bookstore, so much that I could imagine what it smelled like and what the atmosphere would be like. Also this: familial bonds become a strong theme in the book. There are some really poignant and heartbreaking moments. There’s also some comic relief.

This is what a book should be: an escape, but also touches you deeply in a disarming way.

An enthusiastic 5 stars. Read this book, you won’t be sorry.

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