Can This Count As A Modern Sensation Novel?

You see I was greeted by the below when I came home and its thrown me into a bit of a spin as I am desperate to read it… right now (actually The Haunted Hotel has me hooked so thats not technically true) and if not now tomorrow.

Her Fearful Symmetry - Audrey Niffenegger

You see the inlay hints it could be inspired by some of the great sensation novels. I am a huge fan of Audrey Niffenegger as The Time Travellers Wife is one of my all time favourites but I digress, I will pop the blurb below and you can make the decision for me…

Julia and Valentina Poole are normal American teenagers – normal, at least, for identical ‘mirror’ twins who have no interest in college or jobs or possibly anything outside their cozy suburban home. But everything changes when they receive notice that an aunt whom they didn’t know existed has died and left them her flat in an apartment block overlooking Highgate Cemetery in London. They feel that at last their own lives can begin …but have no idea that they’ve been summoned into a tangle of fraying lives, from the obsessive-compulsive crossword setter who lives above them to their aunt’s mysterious and elusive lover who lives below them, and even to their aunt herself, who never got over her estrangement from the twins’ mother – and who can’t even seem to quite leave her flat…With Highgate Cemetery itself a character and echoes of Henry James and Charles Dickens, “Her Fearful Symmetry” is a delicious and deadly twenty-first-century ghost story about Niffenegger’s familiar themes of love, loss and identity.

That sounds quite “modern sensation” doesn’t it? There’s secrets, cemetries, elusive lovers, ghosts and mystery? What do you think?


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26 responses to “Can This Count As A Modern Sensation Novel?

  1. Luce

    so jealous that you get this!

  2. I am jealous too! Hey, it is a sensation with me, and in my book, that is good enough!

  3. when I read my first review of this book I thought it would be considered “modern sensation”. Enjoy it – and I look forward to reading your review as well.

  4. I am also reading this book (American edition as I am in the States) and am about 2/3 of the way through. All I can say is that it is definitely interesting. Hope you enjoy it and I can’t wait to read your review on this book.

  5. The Time Traveller’s Wife was one of my favourites too!

    I am planning to read it next week, but am very worried about it – all the books I’ve been looking forward to reading this year have been disappointing. (Little Stranger and Catching Fire especially). I really hope that it lives up to expectations.

    • I always have slight nerves before I read a book by either an authors whose work on the whole I have loved or an author who has written one amazing book I loved taht maybe it won’t work for me.

      I am trying not to think about it like that this time as the more hype we add to it ourselves (plus the press etc) the more likely the book will not quite be as good as we hoped. I am aiming to think ‘the Time Travellers what??’

  6. I can’t wait to read this! Lucky you having it already. I have a review copy winging its way to me and I am so excited! I loved The Time Traveller’s Wife so much. I definitely think Her Fearful Symmetry sounds like a modern sensation novel…it is set partly in Highgate Cemetery after all! You can’t get more gothic than that!
    Looking forward to your review…

  7. You’ve got this already! I’m really keen to read this, looking forward to it coming out.

    Just wanted to say – I had a whistle-stop evening in London, only there for a few hours, otherwise it would have been great to see you! This blogger meet-up MUST be organised.

  8. Jealous! Not long though until it’s released so I don’t have to mug you the next time I see you.

    I’m planning on reading it for the RIP challenge and think it will definitely have elements of the sensational in it -ghosts and graveyards and twins, what can be more creepy?!

    • Only a month to go, it is one of THE books that I have been looking forward to this year. The Year of the Flood and The Angels Game are two others but I naughtily still havent read them yet!

  9. This book was discussed on Newsnight Review last week — if you hurry it might still be on iPlayer. The whole episode was devoted to literature — they talked about the Nick Cave book, too.

  10. Andreea

    This book is on my wishlist. I hope I get the chance to read it in the future!

  11. So keen to read this, having just read Rachel’s review on Book Snob. But is that circle saying ‘Time Traveller’s Wife’ actually part of the cover? I HATE it when publishers do that.

    • I have just seen Rachels review and have just cracked open this gem of a novel, am hooked already. I am also determined to go off to Highgate over the weekend and have a nosey!

      The little circle is indeed an advert for The Time Travellers Wife, I dont like them either but its a great way to push the book I suppose.

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