Listen, sometimes when you finally find out, you realize that you were much better off not knowing.
From one of the celebrated novelist of the decade, Her Fearful Symmetry will introduce to us the curious incident of the often intriguing issue of life after death; of what’s going to happen if ghosts really do exist. Another worldly adventure that has you choosing which person would you rather be, and who would you side on.
Julia and Valentina are twins. They found their way to London when their Aunt Elspeth left her estate under their names in her will. As the twins started their new life in Elspeth’s flat they will start to discover the limitations of being ‘the other twin’ to the other. The story will also revolve around the ghost of their Aunt, her secrets, her lover, Robert, and how she managed to conquer the tenacity of life even after death. Of course, nobody’s gonna forget the obsessive-compulsive Martin, how he defied his own mind just to bring back his lost love.
Although sometimes, I didn’t like the actions of some of the characters and didn’t understand their motivations (Valentina’s character in particular was pretty unbelievable in the choices she made.), it’s the kind of book that can get me to express emotion in a way that I’m reacting as if they are actual entities, in other words, Her Fearful Symmetry is that much of a well written and built up piece of literature.
The plot itself was good, albeit ridiculous at times, once you got past the characters getting established at the beginning. As for the ending, it left me feeling torn from either contentment or exasperation. All in all, the book was very interesting, but if you are looking for a book that is gripping as The Time Traveler’s Wife, this is not for you.