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Publisher Description

When Elspeth Noblin dies she leaves her beautiful flat overlooking Highgate Cemetery to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina Poole, on the condition that their mother is never allowed to cross the threshold. But until the solicitor's letter falls through the door of their suburban American home, either Julia nor Valentina knew their aunt existed. The twins hope that in London their own, separate, lives can finally begin but they 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 works in the cemetery itself.

As the twins unravel the secrets of their aunt, who doesn't seem quite ready to leave her flat, even after death, Niffenegger weaves together a delicious and deadly ghost story about love, loss and identity.

Fiction & Literature
October 1
Random House

Customer Reviews

Poppyj111 ,

Loved it

Quirky and different, I loved this book.

La Marquise 99 ,

I lived there with them

The book started so simply,and took many eloquent twists and turns. I'm not a twin, but felt I started to understand them. I'm not a believer in ghosts but felt I could conceive their reality. I'm not a writer - although wish I was; and some semblance of truth lies for me in the tale of compressed personality.

I found sensitivities in all of them, and that made the book heartwarming and captivating. And of all, you captured my London. Born at the Whittington, I lived as a child in the middle, then upper flat of an old house nearby. Many years ago now, but the descriptions of house and the grey buildings and surprising peaceful spots brought a wealth of charm. I'm sure that feeling would not need the reader to live there to empathise with the City.

And next time I'm there, I'm going to visit the Cemetery. I can't believe I've never been. Does that make me a welcome or unwelcome tourist...?

Thanks, Audrey - a fabulous tale.

Romy91 ,

Intriguing and mysterious

Difficult to get into, but worth persevering. Very strange and beautiful story. Twists in a way I didn't expect. Really enjoyed it in the end.

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