Her Fearful Symmetry

Her Fearful Symmetry

by Audrey Niffenegger

Gwendolyn Waring: I purchased the book, prior to reading the first review and I am glad I did; because I would have passed on it based upon the first review. I was not disappointed by this book. It was an entertaining, innovative, dark, ghost story. Not horror, I do not read horror. I only ask that a book take me away from my reality for the duration of the story, and keep me longing to be in the book world. This book accomplished that. The author effectively took me to London, and I feel as though I have been there on a holiday. I was fascinated by the glimpse into the world of OCD which the author afforded the reader. The audio version was well read with the appropriate British pronunciations.
Rating: ***

Arlene Almas: I must confess I enjoyed this book more than Wanda did! Wanda did note that the writing is very good and the author has created a world that is quite complete in itself, and I agree. In order to truly enjoy the story, though, you must be able to suspend your disbelief in the supernatural (unless you already believe in ghosts, in which case you'll have no problem with it!). There are twins, too - twinship also has somewhat mystical aspects. Robert is the hero of the story, Martin is the most lovable obsessive-compulsive you''d ever want to meet, and Elspeth... well, you'll have to read all the way to the end to determine for yourself if she gets what she deserves.
Rating: ****

Wanda Cohen: I really hate to criticize an author because I admire their courage and creativity. That being said, I have to be less than positive about this creation by Audrey. I so wanted to love this book. It sounded like something I'd enjoy and want to read again and again. Audrey is a very gifted writer and reading her is like being submerged in a pool of words carefully crafted to create a complete world to escape to and live in until the last page is turned. Yes, she has talent but I felt this book lost its way. It's almost like the author forgot where shewas going. I felt it was left unfinished. Was this the author's intent? Perhaps. This book has all the elements that I usually enjoy, reality with a bit of super natural thrown in. Yet, although thought provoking, it disappointed me.

The characters are interesting. My favorite is the upstairs neighbor who has a debilitating case of OCD and makes his living creating diabolical crossword puzzles. My least favorite is one of the main characters, Elspeth. She creates messy, life altering, chaos both while she's alive and after she's dead and seems to believe that she has every right to do so.

I would love to recommend this book for the joy of reading well written words, but I can't without warning you that you might be disappointed. Don't buy this one, either borrow it or check it out of the library.
Rating: **

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