I have just finished reading “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger, and it has been one amazing read!
It tells the love story of Henry and Clare, who meet when Clare is 6 and Henry is 36, and who marry when Clare is 22 and when Henry is 30. Henry is a time-traveler who constantly gets pulled into his past or his future at random intervals due to a genetic hiccup.
This fascinating book shows Henry and his relationship with Clare, as they both try to live normal lives while living with the consequences of Henry’s time-travelling experiences. Present-time Henry travels back and forth through time, meeting Clare at different times in her life, as well as meeting his future or younger selves as he time-travels. It gets a little confusing at times trying to work out which Henry is which, but each segment of the book opens with the date and the ages of Henry and Clare.
There are some lovely moments in the book, some amusing ones where Henry gets into difficulty when he turns up naked in unfortunate situations, and then some really sad moments. The sad moments caught me by surprise as they occur quite suddenly in the later parts of the book. There are some difficult parts to read in this books, but they are inevitable in a book about such an unpredictable time-traveler.
I loved this book, it kept me hooked all the way through because all the little clues provided throughout the books hint at what will happen in the future and what happened in the past which we don’t know about yet. There is always the mystery of why Henry time-travels at all, and why he goes back to certain dates so often. I really feel for Clare who loves Henry so much and is so patient waiting for him to return to her.
I give it 10/10 because it is so well written, and evokes so many emotions. You are rooting for a happy conclusion and it gives you that but at the same time you know something will go wrong eventually. I will recommend this to everyone because it is a fabulous book!