The five year wait is over!

February 1, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Posted in Popular Fiction | Leave a comment

Audrey Niffenegger ‘Her Fearful Symmetry’ , Jonathan Cape 2009

If you are like me you’ve been waiting patiently for five years for the new book from Audrey Niffenegger, author of the wonderful ‘Time Travellers Wife’. ‘Her Fearful Symmetry’ won’t let you down but in a very different way. It is the story of two American sisters who are identical mirror twins. They inherit an apartment, from an aunt they never knew about, which overlooks Highgate Cemetery in London and along with it they inherit a history and an adventure they hadn’t banked on at all. The book is well plotted and the story reveals itself to you at a perfect pace.  Audrey Niffenegger will have you enthralled in this story before you know it’s happened. The sisters are very likeable and their sibling relationship is very human. The book’s charm comes from the supernatural dimensions of the story though. It’s modern, spooky and an easy charming read. My only grievance would be the detailed descriptions given over to Highgate Cemetery. It felt like Audrey had over researched this part and felt compelled to include it all in the story which wasn’t necessary but this was my only complaint- it’s a wonderful read and the only book to make me cry by page two! Audrey is the mistress of human emotion.

Haiku; Supernatural, over researched new book, makes me miss the first

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