Title: Her Fearful Symmetry
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Release date: September 25, 2009
Genres: Science Fiction
Summary (from Goodreads):
When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt, only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her sister. Julia and Valentina are semi-normal American teenagers–with seemingly little interest in college, finding jobs, or anything outside their cozy home in the suburbs of Chicago, and with an abnormally intense attachment to one another.
The girls move to Elspeth’s flat, which borders Highgate Cemetery in London. They come to know the building’s other residents. There is Martin, a brilliant and charming crossword puzzle setter suffering from crippling Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Marjike, Martin’s devoted but trapped wife; and Robert, Elspeth’s elusive lover, a scholar of the cemetery. As the girls become embroiled in the fraying lives of their aunt’s neighbors, they also discover that much is still alive in Highgate, including–perhaps–their aunt, who can’t seem to leave her old apartment and life behind.
This book. Oh. What can I tell? I thought it was a horror-kind and its something that make the hair on my arms stand straight but no, it has a nice story. A well thought off plot. It is surprisingly good.
When I was inside the bookstore, I didn’t want to buy it because I was never a fan of horror books but I was thinking to myself that Audrey Niffenegger wrote this, this must be good. So I went to the counter and paid for it. I started reading it. And to my surprise, it is not scary, at all. It’s a bit spooky because the story is about the twins, Valentina and Julia, and their Aunt who died of cancer, Elspeth. They inherited their Aunt’s flat in London. Of course, they got excited, or at least Julia did. Who wouldn’t? That was London! Even I would go there immediately knowing that I just inherited a flat. I’ve got a place to stay at. So they went and lived there.
I’ll stop there. I’m trying to write a review without much of spoilers. You guys read it. It’s really cool. And oh, I gave it only four-stars because it is not my kind of story. And the plot is a bit slow. Anyway, you’ll get over it. Every character is unique and interesting in their own way. Like Martin, he has OCD and reached this sickness’ extremities. Robert, for being a scholar of the nearby cemetery. Marijke, for leaving Martin behind and trying to pursue her dream: to work and go out. Even Elspeth, the twins’ dead aunt is interesting and intriguing in some ways that would only be explained by reading the book.
So there, the book is good. You’ll just have to survive some boring chapters but you’ll reach the good part in no time! Happy reading!