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Her Fearful Symmetry By Audrey Niffenegger Review

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.

Her Fearful Symmetry

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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The Haunting by Shirley Jackson

The Haunting of Hill House

By Shirley Jackson

Dr. Montague is an occult scholar who invites three people to be his guest at Hill House in hopes that he may find evidence of the house’s notorious hauntings. At First things are just merely spooky and the residents merely laugh it off, until the manifestations take a more sinister turn.

This novel is absolutely spine tingling it has all you need for a heart fluttering good time, a maze of a house, children laughing in the night, even a statue that seems to watch you every move. I have seen the movie, it’s actually one of my favorites, but even the movie is dull in comparison. Though I am glad they left Mrs. Montague out of the movie, she only managed to annoy me more than anything. I definitely recommend this book if you are looking for something that will give you the heebie jeebies in a short time frame, it is only about 200 pages long but Shirley Jackson manages to definitely leave her mark.

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