4 out of 4 stars
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Cooperative Lives by Patrick Finegan orbits around the lives of residents in a fancy co-operative building at Central park south. The characters of the book are typical New Yorkers, avoiding eye contact in elevators and not knowing who their neighbors are. But is it accurate that, we all are so different that we have nothing in common? Or are our lives connected?
George and Hanife Kaplan Wallace are a divorced couple with a young daughter named Alya. They are trying to sort out their respective lives after tragic incidents. They know only one family in the building, John and Susan Roberts and their daughter Melissa, who is of the same age as Alya. Except for them, every resident in the building is strangers to each other. There is one man whose checkered blazer is more familiar than his face, a renowned author with a quirky lifestyle, a high-profile government officer and many others. They all seem so simple, but they all have their own stories to share.
I will not give any highlights of the book because I feel this book should be read without knowing any back story. Then only the book can deliver its complete effect on you. The stories all seem so puzzling it shouldn’t fit together the least bit. But the author magically interlinks everything slowly like, putting back a jumbled puzzle. The story hops between three years period of time but it does not confuse the reader.
I will rate this work 4 out of 4 stars. The book surprised me with its well-researched content, and it is well-edited. The author took extremely great care in writing the book and it reflects throughout the story. There are few instances in the book that may seem dark but I didn't note that as a problem. There are many topics like treatment of cancer, medical carelessness, fraud in healthcare and government systems, corporate espionage and relationships. There is suspense in every page till the end.
I would not recommend this book to young people or those who are seeking a light read. This book needs the reader’s attention or else you will miss key points and you will wonder how I didn't expect this twist coming? I request everyone to give this book a try as I am certain every book lover will devour the book. I thank the author for writing fiction with so much significant research. The author even took care of the clothes and house interior of everyone, which helps the reader to easily distinguish the character and imagine the story. The greatness of the author lies in the fact that you will not guess the true qualities of characters until you read and then you will wonder how I missed this before?
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