Her Fearful Symmetry - Audrey Niffenegger
Her Fearful Symmetry (Simon & Schuster, $26.99) opens with intrigue—furtive actions, a private eye, secretive correspondence, an inheritance, and a haunting love story. The protagonists are two historians working at Highgate Cemetery in London (and therefore on intimate terms with the dead) and two young, creepily codependent twin sisters. But lest you think of the syrupy movie Ghost, the delicate unfolding of this paranormal mystery is like petals opening on a dark rose. As in her equally successful forays into imagined realities, The Time Traveler’s Wife and Three Incestuous Sisters, Audrey Niffenegger demonstrates her talent for exploring her characters’ complex and selfish motivations, and their unconscious manipulations in pursuit of their desires.