Sunday, October 11, 2009

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

I was hesitant to read another so-called spooky story after being let down by The Little Stranger, and, to be honest, Her Fearful Symmetry isn't scary in the slightest. It is disturbing, macabre, and well-written, but not remotely frightening. Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife, tells the story of two sets of twins, Elspeth and Edie and Julia and Valentina. This is a story about sisterhood, sibling rivalry, aging, wanting what belongs to someone else, and, ultimately, regret. A wonderful cozy read well-suited to damp fall evenings. Don't miss Niffenegger's website or the video posted there for fun extras. Fans of Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones will enjoy this one.

Grade 10+