Review: Her Fearful Symmetry

I’ve been anxiously waiting to read Her Fearful Symmetry since it came out because I loved The Time Traveler’s Wife.  I used self-control and didn’t buy it when it came out though because I knew I wouldn’t have time to read it.  My parents ended up buying it for me for Christmas, and I finished it this morning, just in time for a new semester to begin.

I’m forgoing the summary because 1) I’m horrible at them, 2) I tried summarizing this book already and I found it quite difficult (probably related to item 1), 3) I’m sure most people already know all about this book.


I found this book to be very…intriguing.  Separated twins.  Mirror-image twins.  Cemetery.  Ghosts.  Little Kitten of Death.  It all makes for a strange ghost story, but I honestly preferred the events involving Martin, a secondary character, more than anything happening with the main characters.  Maybe that’s because, in some ways, I can relate with Martin.  Not to the same extremity of course, but I certainly sympathized and rooted for him.

Back to the main plot of the book:  I liked the first 2/3 or so, but then it started falling short for me.  I found the ending thoroughly predictable, and the entire situation involving Edie, Elspeth, and Jack just didn’t seem “right.”  I’m glad it wasn’t a happily-ever-after ending (I certainly wasn’t looking for that), but I just wish it would have been different.  I can’t even explain what I would have liked to happened…

I’m currently at a loss for what else to say about Her Fearful Symmetry.  It was a fairly enjoyable read, but I can’t shake the feeling that it just wasn’t quite right…

9 thoughts on “Review: Her Fearful Symmetry

  1. I wanted to know more about Martin too. I liked the book but not as much as I liked The Time Traveler’s Wife. I still put it up there as one of my best reads of 2009 though. I really like her writing style and this one did have me hooked until the end.

    1. I agree that it was hard to put down, which is why I’m having a tough time figuring out exactly how I feel about it. I guess since I was so into it, I expected more. Maybe? Regardless of what I figure out, The Time Traveler’s Wife still wins for me too!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I agree with you very much so. It really seemed the ending was thrown together. I took me awhile to figure out how I felt about it. I really like her writing style, but it really did fall apart at times.

    1. Glad to hear that I’m not the only one who didn’t feel quite right about it. Were you able to clarify your feelings any better after time? I still seem to be conflicted–I can’t quite put my finger on what’s bugging me. How annoying…

      Thanks for commenting! It’s always nice to hear others’ thoughts!

    1. I think it’s worth reading if for no other reason than I think it’s a good idea to always try to read multiple works by authors. I wouldn’t go into it with too high of expectations though–just to be safe.

  3. I agree that there was just a bit missing in the ending on Her Fearful Symmetry, but I have to say that I found all the characters in HFS more interesting than the ones in The Time Traveler’s Wife. I love a ghost story though so that is probably why I prefer HFS. I also loved Martin’s story. That could have been an entire novel on its own.

    1. I agree that Martin could (and, in my opinion, should) have been an entire novel on his own. And I found most of the characters interesting as well, which is probably why I didn’t end up completely disliking the book.

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