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Her fearful symmetry : a novel

by Audrey Niffenegger

  Print book : Fiction  |  1st Scribner hardcover ed

A Great Gothic Romance    (2009-10-02)


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by AnnetteDunlea

<h2 class="title">After six long years  Audrey Niffenegger has published her second book  Her Fearful Symmetry. It is published by Jonathan Cape Ltd and its ISBN is 0224085611. It is a beautifully written ghost story. This Gothic romance is set in Highgate Cemetry in London and the author explores the themes of : love, secrets, obesessions and identity. The book is centered around the two twins Julia and Valentia Poole who inherit a flat  from their unknown aunt Elspeth. The girls travel from Chicago to London to receive their flat and they soon get to know their neighbours. There is  Martin the OCD sufferer whose marriage fails due  to his mental illness  and Robert the ex lover of Elspeth, who cannot get over her death. Indeed the most fundamental journey is the girls’ own  struggle to establish their own identities . The will stated that the girls hadto live in the flat for one year and her parents could not step foot in the flat. Secrets are soon revealed as the ghost Elspeth makes contact. This bitter sweet tale is a very enjoyable read. This was reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap. </h2>

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