Her Fearful Symmetry

Her Fearful Symmetry

A Novel

Book - 2009
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Another brilliant, original and moving novel from the author ofThe Time Traveler's Wife. Julia and Valentina Poole are normal American teenagers -- normal, at least, for identical "mirror" twins who have no interest in college or jobs or possibly anything outside their cozy suburban home. But everything changes when they receive notice that an aunt whom they didn't know existed has died and left them her amazing flat in a building by Highgate Cemetery in London. They feel that at last their own lives can begin … but they have no idea that they've been summoned into a tangle of fraying lives, from the OCD-suffering crossword setter who lives above them to their aunt's mysterious and elusive lover who lives below them, and even to their aunt herself, who never got over her estrangement from the mother of the girls -- her own twin -- and who can't even seem to quite leave her flat…. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2009
ISBN: 9780307397454
Branch Call Number: FIC Niff
Characteristics: 406p

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RenGrrl May 25, 2011

Slightly creepy story of twins that is set in Highgate Cemetery.


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Juan7ita
Feb 12, 2018

Weird...and not in a good way.

CRRL_MegRaymond Oct 17, 2017

A pair of American twins inherit a London flat from an aunt they never knew - their mother’s own twin sister. The sisters move to London, and things … go awry.

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SKTRITA
Jun 15, 2017

Trust your bookclub to make a fabulous choice, go into this book with no expectations and be taken away on a Shakespearean tall tale (wasn't Hamlet a ghost story/love story/mystery?). I loved this book!

JCLStefanieE Dec 03, 2016

I despised this book with every bone in my body. The characters are unlikable, the story is muddled, and I felt like I wasted some hard earned reading time in finishing it. The story was intriguing and I wanted to like it because I very much enjoyed The Time Traveler's Wife. The insufferable privileged sisters made it impossible for me to feel any sympathy for their weaknesses or any joy for their triumphs.

coroboreefarm Nov 05, 2015

I really enjoyed this enchanting ghost story, written by the author of the Time Traveler's Wife. Creepy and disturbing – filled with family secrets, twists and surprises it is unnerving, unforgettable and intense. This is a perfect read for a gloomy late fall evening.

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Audrey1976
Dec 30, 2014

I wasn't really sure how to rate this book, as I didn't love it but I didn't hate it. I will say that I found it disturbing in many ways. I recently read a story about the love and bond of twin sisters, and this is the exact opposite! I normally like to root for my main characters, but these people were all just so messed up. It is a ghost story, which turned out to be quite strange and weird. However... I didn't put the book down and I did have to see how it ended. (terribly, of course) It's odd that she wrote such a stunning book in Time Traveler's Wife (a must-read), and then this. Very bizarre - proceed with caution!

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betsybenzell
Dec 27, 2014

I strongly disliked this book. The writing was obvious and boring, the characters were thin and unlikable, the plot twists were random and unmeaningful and unbelievable, and the dialogue made me dislike the characters even more. This book felt like it was written by a mediocre writer who fleshed out a bad short story in a community college creative writing class.

I do not recommend this book, unless you truly want your brain to turn off (ie...beach reading)

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 22, 2014

This is certainly a weaker novel than "Time Traveler's Wife," inspired apparently by Niffenegger's experiences as a volunteer tour guide at Highgate Cemetery. The plot is somewhat engrossing, but the ghosts really don't have enough emotional power to provide any chills.

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Septemberly
Sep 03, 2014

I could not understand the twins (either set) and thought they were self-indulgent and co-dependent. There was nothing redeeming about them.

I liked the Robert and Martin characters, but the ending was so disappointing. I was left feeling empty.

multcolib_dianaa Mar 04, 2014

This book is good, and lots of fun, too, with creepy twins, a historic London graveyard, and the most interesting and fully imagined ghost I've ever encountered in a book.

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santiano9
Aug 07, 2011

cannot remember where this was reommended - like the G&M

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