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Spooky family drama
on 8 December 2011
A family moves to a small village in New Hampshire after the father, Chip Linton, an airline pilot, crashed his plane causing 39 people to die (and 9 to survive). As he will never be able to fly again, they want to make a new start and buy a big, old house, which he starts doing up.
His wife Emily is now the main provider for the family, who also include ten-year old twin daughters Hallie and Garnet. Chip gets obsessed with a small door in the basement that has been bolted down by 39 (!) bolts.
Meanwhile Emily and the girls are making friends with a group of women in the village that call themselves herbalists and all own greenhouses in which they grow exotic plants.
Both Emily and Hallie find them a little too overpowering and don't quite trust them.
Chip is losing his grip on reality when he starts seeing some of the people that died in the crash who are now demanding dangerous actions from him.
Is Emily right to worry about the lovely old ladies with their biscuits and other bakes? Is Chip losing it completely, or are there really ghosts in the house?
I very much enjoyed this book! That basement door gave me the creeps, and that was right at the beginning of the book. Add a small community with strange women forcing biscuits and other foods on the family and teaching the twins how to use the herbs they grow... All very oppressing and intriguing at the same time.
I liked it that the book was not overly supernatural. Most or all that happened could be explained away without referring to ghosts, magic, or witchcraft. Only near the end, the reader finds out whether "normal" explanations can account for all that happens. In that respect, it different a lot from the book's cover-sake, Her Fearful Symmetry, in
The ending was ... interesting and not quite as I had expected. After thinking about this, the ending was in fact more intriguing than the ending I had been hoping for.