Recovered? Good. 🙂
The plot: Elspeth Noblin (great name, BTW) dies and leaves her estate not to her manfriend Robert, but to her twin Edie’s daughters who are also twins and who are called Julia and Valentina. Elspeth’s will stipulates that the twins must come live in her flat for a year before they can sell it, so they do. And then while they’re there they get haunted by Elspeth, who becomes a ghost (which is neat), and the reasons for the twins having never actually met Elspeth are slowly revealed (oooh, family secrets!).
Good things: I love Niffenegger’s writing, I just do, and it was all very pretty and fun and descriptive. The fact that we got to learn about Elspeth as a ghost was cool. Playing with a Ouija board is always fun. I loved Martin and I was rooting for him the whole time.
Bad things: I didn’t understand why Elspeth left all of her stuff to the twins. She called it “an experiment,” but since she didn’t seem to know she’d be becoming a ghost, I don’t know who was supposed to be monitoring the results. The big family secret is something I figured out in the first few chapters and then had to wait 300 pages to officially find out. And then it was unnecessarily complicated. The whole end-of-book storyline was really weird to me and I didn’t understand why any of that had to happen. Does no one in London have any sense? Also, Martin was the only character I really gave a crap about.
So… yes. This is a book that I would like to discuss with people, so if you have any insight, feel free to leave a comment!
And don’t think that I hated the book… I liked following along with the twins’ lives and I am totally on Team Get Martin Better. But those Bad Things prevented me from loving it.
Pass me yours, if you’ve got ’em.