Brigette Reviews Her Fearful Symmetry

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger


Describe it in 25 words or less. OR Write 6 words you would put on this book if it were in the “Blind Date With A Book” shelf. London, Twins, Cemetery, Souls, Haunting, Love

Who was your favorite character and why? Martin because his heart was always in the right place even if his mind wasn’t.

Who was your least favorite character and why? Elspeth because she was so incredibly selfish.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? Was it worth the wait? The pace of the first half of the book is very slow and seems very weighed down by detail. It eventually picks up but goes in a direction I didn’t enjoy.

What did you think of the ending? Very dissatisfying.

What was the moral of the story? Be careful what you wish for.

Favorite quote: “Martin knew that there were two realities: the actual one and the felt one.”

What would you change? The enormous amount of detail especially about London.

Have you read other books by the same author? I read Audrey Niffenegger’s first novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife, and if you expect the same thing, you’ll be sorely disappointed. Niffenegger does, however, maintain her talent for making imperfect characters loveable and extraordinary situations believable.

Would you like to see it adapted into a film? I would actually like to see this book made into a film if for no other reason than to “see” all that detail.

Who would you recommend it to? To people who like ghost stories with heart preferably with a keen interest in London.

Number of unknown words: 14

Craft/Activity: How to use a ouija board.

Recipe: Chicken Tikka Masala and Saag Aloo

Who would you want to haunt you?

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2 thoughts on “Brigette Reviews Her Fearful Symmetry

  1. Linda Tivendale says:

    i loved the detail – I like to feel that I can see where I am when I am pretending to be part of the book. It wasn’t as good as the Time Traveller’s Wife but that is often the way – for some reason travelling through time seemed more believable than ghosts?

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