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Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
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Dec 28, 09

bookshelves: 2009, on-a-dark-and-stormy-night, spiritualism-and-dogmatism, strange-love
Read in December, 2009

I have been waiting eagerly to read this novel. A book about two sets of twins and their complicated relationships with each other was intriguing, especially when it was all wrapped around a ghost story. It was melodramatic, which I didn't mind. It took place in London, which I absolutely loved. And while I love a great ghost story, this was somehow lacking. Too much weirdness and unexplained relationships after so much focus throughout the novel left me pretty unsatisfied. Giving this one a 3.5, but with potential to have been a solid 5 star. It's disappointing. Haven't read her debut novel, and everyone loves it, so I'll get to that soon and see if it blows me away.

I guess the most disappointing part about this book is how close it came to being excellent. Was it dark? Sort of. Twisted? Almost. The ending really could have been horrifying, in a thought-provoking WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE type of way. But the ending felt forced. If Ms. Niffenegger had ended on the same strong note as she began this would probably be one of my favorite spooky books. As it stands, I just wonder why she wrapped it up Dean Koontz style, with no cohesion and no flow.
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Reading Progress

12/08/2009 page 203
50.0% "I'm reading this BEFORE I read TTTW, so hopefully I like the way this book ends, or I'll be putting off the other. So far, its good."
12/09/2009 page 263
64.78% "This story has great character development, which I am enjoying. Not super exciting as far as plot, but its a nice change of pace."
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Blue Eyed Vixen Hope you're enjoying this one. I read TheTime Traveller's Wife first (loved it) and am now looking for this one. I really enjoyed the style of Audrey's writing.

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Marvin Michelle, I saw this at our local library! Waiting for your opinion. No, I haven't read The Time Traveler's Wife.

Michelle Oh yeah? I am listening to the audio version. I haven't read TTTW either but I have it and I will be reading it next. From what I hear from others, I would be willing to guess that most people will like this book less. I can't say how I feel yet. I am willing to bet I like ghost stories more than romance though. Review coming soon...

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