4 out of 4 stars
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The lives of many characters intertwine in this breathtaking literary crime novel: Kevin, Beth, Joe, Ellen, Cricket and Geena give you a peek into their lives, and after the first few pages you will not be able to pull away. In “Entanglement - Quantum and Otherwise” by John K. Danenbarger we see murder and love, ambition and desperation, all tangled up with scientific details that make the story completely unique. Definitely a book that must be read more than once.
The author managed to bring to life all of the characters with amazing depth: each one is completely different than the others, and gives insights on a separate part of life. Beth was a prostitute that tries to pull away from a very painful past, Martin is a cocky but very smart physics professor, Kevin went through a painful childhood and tries to take his problems in his own hands. These stories are deeply human, and talk about fascinating topics like generational trauma, what happens after death, what goes on in a killer’s mind, how love grows, and infinitely more. I loved the style of writing, it made connecting with the protagonists very easy and immediate, and it was also refreshing how much freedom was left for the reader to interpret the story for themselves.
There weren’t many negative aspects for me; in the first part of the book it’s hard to grasp a sense of the big picture, because it only appears later on. The reader is bombarded with many different stories at the same time, with no apparent connection and no clear story, but that is part of the charm and it will make sense later on. Just keep reading.
I would give this book 4 out of 4 stars, because it was very insightful and inspiring to read. Exceptionally written, it surprised me in many ways, and involved me in the story that was unravelling slowly. I never knew what to expect, but at the same time I was never lost: the author managed to keep me with him the whole time.
I would recommend this book for adults and not younger audiences, because it has some sexual content and foul language. Those who enjoy a trip into the lives of realistic characters will find this book is gold. With some elements of physics, almost sci-fi and mystery it could attract many different readers. If you are even a little bit curious, give it a try: it will be worth it.
Entanglement - Quantum and Otherwise
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