“Yeah, I loved it and I didn't. I'm a little confused so I should probably wait awhile before writing a review (or just amend it later).
At the outset I thought it was going to slay me away and become a favourite. The author's character portrayals are brilliant and intoxicating. Robert's grief over the death of Elspeth was captured perfectly in Niffenegger's words, and evoked plenty of emotion. And the Little Kitten of Death, which symbolizes all innocent victims of selfish excess, was a wonderful addition to the story to support the various themes.
I like Niffenegger's writing style and the way she captures places and times, like the empty London flats and homes, and the crippling misery that fills the lives therein. But when it came to the ghostly presence of Elspeth, I couldn't help but think of Patrick Swayze! It's not that I don't believe in ghosts or that they can't interact with us, but somehow I wasn't absorbed. Maybe I was just distracted?
Then at some point in the story, I felt the characters lost something and the story that began with such a bang kind of limped to the end for me.
Niffenegger is an awesomely talented writer so I'll do her work justice and re-read Her Fearful Symmetry at another time.”