Her Fearful Symmetry

A Novel

Niffenegger, Audrey

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Her Fearful Symmetry
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When Elspeth Noblin dies, she leaves everything to the 20-year-old American twin daughters of her own long-estranged twin, Edie. Valentina and Julia, as enmeshed as Elspeth and Edie once were, move into Elspeth's London flat and through a series of developing relationships a crisis develops that could pull the twins apart.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2009
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439165393
1439165394
9781439169018
1439169012
Branch Call Number: FICTION NIFFENEGG 2009
Characteristics: 406 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm

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Two twenty-year-old American twins, Valentina and Julia, inherit a London flat from their long-estranged aunt. It happens to be next door to the cemetery where their aunt’s body is buried. Her spirit, however, is less restful.

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

When Elspeth Noblin dies, she leaves everything to the 20-year-old American twin daughters of her own long-estranged twin, Edie. The twins move into Elspeth's London flat and through a series of developing relationships a crisis develops that could pull the twins apart.

This book is creepy, engrossing, and wonderful, and features an odd pair of twins, a historical London graveyard, and the most convincing depiction of a ghost you will ever encounter in a book.

Comment by: 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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Dec 30, 2014
  • Audrey1976 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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!

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)

Dec 22, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Sep 03, 2014
  • Septemberly rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

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.

Jan 08, 2014
  • JackieFC13 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is more of a 3.5. The book was good. I'm not sure how to review the book without giving anything away or making it sound boring and uninteresting but here it goes. The main characters are twins and they are exactly the same who receive a flat in London from an Aunt they've never met. The aunt is their mother's twin sister. It's an adventure of family secrets and twins becoming their own. I enjoyed it.

Sep 27, 2013
  • booksmaht rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A gripping, heartbreaking, haunting tale of the destructive side of love.

Sep 05, 2013
  • MsNavillus rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I slogged through this lengthy book, waiting for something to happen that would make me like at least one of the characters even a little bit. I like darker themes, and I enjoy complex characters -- but this was just frustrating.

Jul 12, 2013
  • Amanda503 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely loved this book! I balled several times. I would be absolutely be delighted if they made a movie.

Jun 25, 2013
  • cmarygene rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I really, really did not enjoy this book. Hardly any characters were likable at all. I don't mind a dark story, but this was too much for me. Some of the descriptions of locations were quite lovely, but the people were awful.

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Aug 07, 2011

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

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