Friday, October 22, 2010

Review: Her Fearful Symmetry

Her Fearful Symmetry

Synopsis from Amazon:
Audrey Niffenegger returns with Her Fearful Symmetry, a haunting tale about the complications of love, identity, and sibling rivalry. The novel opens with the death of Elspeth Noblin, who bequeaths her London flat and its contents to the twin daughters of her estranged twin sister back in Chicago. These 20-year-old dilettantes, Julie and Valentina, move to London, eager to try on a new experience like one of their obsessively matched outfits. Historic Highgate Cemetery, which borders Elspeth's home, serves as an inspired setting as the twins become entwined in the lives of their neighbors: Elspeth's former lover, Robert; Martin, an agoraphobic crossword-puzzle creator; and the ethereal Elspeth herself, struggling to adjust to the afterlife.

Source: I won this book from a giveaway.
My review:
After reading The Time Traveler's Wife and loving it, I was really excited to read Her Fearful Symmetry.  It took a little bit to get into because it was not totally clear who was talking at some points.  I think overall, it definitely lived up to the hype that had been surrounding it.  It was very well written, and I liked the back and forth between the main characters.  I also really liked the parts about Elspeth when she is a ghost as she deals with being dead.  There were some parts that I found confusing, especially the explanation about Elspeth and her twin sister.  I really liked this book and will definitely read more by this author.


  1. I'm really glad you liked Her Fearful Symmetry. I really liked it to but a lot of people hated it compared to The Time Travelers Wife

  2. I loved this book! The story was just so imaginative.