Her Fearful Symmetry

Extraordinarily bizarre: that was my overall impression of Audrey Niffenegger’s Her Fearful Symmetry as I closed the book having finished it, with a contended sigh that you only get after reading a truly profound and sophisticated work of fiction such as this one. In a nutshell, Her Fearful Symmetry is a ghost story unlike any other enveloped with compelling characters and a deliciously-woven storyline that will leave you breathless with wonder.

Julia and Valentina Poole woke up one day to receive a letter from their recently deceased aunt Elspeth Noblin whose existence is kept from them until now. The twins were as surprised as their parents when Elspeth left her beautiful flat overlooking Highgate Cemetery to the twins on the condition that their mother is never allowed to set foot in it.

As excited as the twins were to start their own separate lives for the first time, away from her parents in America, Julia and Valentina soon found themselves entangled in a web of secrets surrounding her aunt.  Not only they had to unravel the mystery of their aunt, but the twins are left to deal with their obsessive-compulsive neighbor Martin who lives just above them and their aunt’s elusive lover Robert who resides in the flat below.

As she did with her vastly triumphant best-selling novel The Time Traveler’s Wife, Niffenegger once again succeeded in conjuring up a gripping narrative told in an eccentric and equally puzzling prose, full of suspense that will pleasantly haunt you long after you have read the final pages of this enchanting tale. The deep and dark mysteries surrounding the lives of the odd characters in this book is set to jolt you with enough jaw-dropping moments to make you go O-to-the-M-to-the-G! You seriously can’t afford to miss this scrumptious bite of a novel.


2 thoughts on “Her Fearful Symmetry

  1. I enjoyed the book as well. However, I felt a little let down by the ending. Although I loved her characters, Martin especially, I wasn’t so convinced of Valentina and Robert’s actions. Love a good gothic novel!

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