4 out of 4 stars
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Entanglement: Quantum and Otherwise by John K. Danenbarger is a gritty story about several people with dark pasts whose lives intersect in different ways. The story begins with Geena Nuss receiving a letter informing her that her father has died. The letter is from an old family friend named Joe Tink. Although she is shocked to learn of her father’s death, she is also shocked by the language in Joe’s letter that implies he will be going away. He has been a family friend for many years, and she doesn’t want to lose him. The story then jumps back in time to when Geena’s mother, Beth, was young and working as a prostitute. That was when she first became friends with Joe, who was working as a stripper at the time.
Over the course of many years, Beth and Joe keep in touch and their lives continue to intersect. After Joe is in a car accident, he moves in with Beth and her husband, Kevin. In addition to Geena, Beth and Kevin have an adopted son, Davis. Davis was institutionalized at a young age for anger and aggressiveness. When he was released, he looked for his birth parents. He developed a relationship with his birth mother; however, he only heard negative things about his birth father. As these characters follow different paths, their lives continue to intersect. Some characters have dark secrets that include revenge and murder.
I enjoyed reading this book. This is a character-driven novel. The characters are relatable and flawed. The characters are what I enjoyed most about the book. Each character had a unique history and secrets. There are several murders described in the book and it was interesting to read how these people were motivated to kill. Some characters felt the weight of guilt for their actions, others had no remorse whatsoever.
What I liked least about the book were the time jumps. At times, it was difficult to follow when the action was taking place. I would occasionally need to re-read a section of the book to determine what year it was. It was confusing at times; however, I enjoyed the story. I especially liked the character of Joe, who interacted with most of the characters in the book. He was a good friend to Beth and Kevin. His romantic relationship with Martin, a mathematician and physicist at MIT, was realistic.
I didn’t see any errors in the book. So, I believe the book was exceptionally edited. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy crime novels. I also recommend it to people who enjoy reading about complex family relationships. There are several descriptions of sexual situations, so I would recommend it to adult readers. I give this book a rating of 4 out of 4 stars because it is an engaging story that kept me interested until the very end. For the reasons given, I would not give it less than a perfect score.
Entanglement - Quantum and Otherwise
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