Her Fearful Symmetry

Her Fearful Symmetry

A Novel

Book - 2009
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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: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, c2009.
ISBN: 9780307397454
Characteristics: 406 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.


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DBRL_KrisA Jun 11, 2019

Some really great characters, a really interesting setting (I want to know more about Highgate Cemetery), but things take a very strange turn when Valentina plots with the ghost of her estranged aunt to escape her overbearing twin.

Sep 15, 2018

I really enjoyed, "Her Fearful Symmetry". A mysterious story with enjoyable characters. I could identify with certain aspects of the twins' characters. The longing for freedom and independence from a strong sibling; to Julia's wanting to keep her twin sister with her. It is comfort knowing that someone is always there. Martin's character is lovable as the OCD neighbor. The characters each had struggles with their own characters and had to make difficult choices. Some emerged happy and unscathed while for others things didn't turn out quite so well. Also, of great interest to me, was Highgate Cemetery. I enjoyed reading about all the famous people and authors who are buried there as well as the fact that the cemetery was started during the Victorian era. This book has encouraged me to read, "Consuming Passions, Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain", by Judith Flanders.

I highly recommend Her Fearful Symmetry.

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.

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.

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!

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

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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Aug 07, 2011

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

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