Her Fearful Symmetry
By Audrey Niffenegger
The mirror twins, Julia and Valentina Poole, receive a letter from their mother’s twin sister whom they have never met notifying them that Elspeth has passed away and in her will she has left them everything on the stipulation that they live in her flat in London and their parents are to never set foot in the place. Soon after they arrive in London they begin to experience strange occurrences in their new home.
Not only is this story about the mirror twins it also revolves around Robert, Elspeth’s longtime lover, who lives downstairs and becomes quite friendly with Valentina, and Martin whom lives upstairs and is agoraphobic and highly OCD whose wife has just left him after twenty plus years because she cannot live this way any longer.
This novel is actually really interesting, I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this novel. I know Audrey Niffenegger is famous for composing The Time Traveler’s Wife, but I have yet to read that novel after seeing the movie I know the book is sure to make me cry so I have a tendency to skip them. I didn’t expect to be so wrapped up into the story from the very beginning, or should I say the end? This novel starts with Elspeth dying, and then it follows her ghost into the house and everything she experiences from her point of view, which I absolutely loved! The only problem I had with this novel was the ending so I cannot go into too much detail, but it began to drag on and on. I mean when you finish the main conclusion and the story keeps going for another fifty pages that feels a bit too much to wrap up your loose ends. I did enjoy the conclusions though, there were just so many useless details thrown in. Other than that this is an interesting read, highly unique with an intense look at the bounds between twins, though it is highly predictable still enjoyable.
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