*Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger (2010)

I”m not big on ghost stories, but I wasn’t too fond of time travel books either until I read Time Traveler’s Wife, Niffenegger’s first novel.  So if I liked that one, I figured she’d bring me into the paranormal world equally as convincingly.  And she did.  I actually loved most of this book.  I loved the queerness of the twins–so weird they were almost unbelievable, but certainly interesting.  I also loved Elspeth, especially as she gained strength and personality as a ghost.  I felt like I was in the room with all of them as Elspeth moved along the piano dust creating words to begin communication with the twins and Robert.  I loved Martin, with his over-the-top affliction of OCD.  And I loved watching the cat change from an ornery, distrustful wild creature into a loving kitty.  What I didn’t love the the last third or quarter of the book where too many twists and turns took the narrative from paranormal but believable to ridiculous and unbelievable.  Suddenly motives were unclear, actions were not in keeping with events, and emotions did not match situations.  Ugh.  I hate it when an author tries to do too much.  It would have made a fine novel without the last 100 pages.  Eloquent writing and memorable characters should not have been tangled in a plot too complex to properly manage.  (fiction)

One comment

  1. I liked the book too, but I agree that the twists at the end were difficult to reconcile and didn’t seem to make sense. I wanted to hear the “whole story” but it didn’t seem to add up.

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