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…


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  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.

    • 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!

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  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.

    • 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.

    • 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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