From the beginning I knew that Her Fearful Symmetry would not be the absolute masterpiece that The Time Traveler’s Wife was. Over the years I’ve read countless reviews, most that were less than stellar and I knew that the only way to get through Her Fearful Symmetry was to do my best at banishing any preconceived opinions I had garnered and try to forget how much I loved The Time Traveler’s Wife.
For a brief period, I was enjoying the novel. There is no doubt that Niffenegger is a great writer and her characters are definitely characters that are memorable and interesting. I was perfectly content to read the book for those two purposes but as I continued reading I realized that the plot wasn’t doing anything. It wasn’t until the very end that the novel became interesting…and even though it was a bit of a surprise…it wasn’t enough to make me feel any different about the book in general. It was just weird.