Loveable characters, an offbeat mystery, and cake.
Five friends, four mysteries, three deaths, two road trips and a secret that will change the world…
David’s fiancee is worried when he drops out of contact. MI5 is thrown into a panic when the secret base vanishes. Liz doesn’t understand when the moles she’s studying go missing. And Nigel is more confused than usual when he finds an ordinary house brick floating in thin air. Then intertwined with all that is the story of a woman who’s been shifting between parallel worlds for all her adult life. But how can all this possibly be connected? And why are cakes so important?
Entanglement is a quirky yet heart-felt story with a sci-fi twist bubbling with humour and engaging characters. The mystery at the heart of the book will keep you engrossed as you join the characters to uncover the reasoning behind the disappearance of their friends, the arrival of a colony of moles in Lundy Island, and the appearance of a strange floating brick on Nigel’s doorstep. If that isn’t enough, the story of TC, a cake-loving college student who finds herself suddenly travelling between parallel worlds, is interspersed throughout the primary peculiar narrative thread.
Echoing the novel’s title, Thomas has tangled together an abundance of clever ideas while ensuring the plot isn’t lacking in twists. The prose isn’t perfect, but Thomas simplifies and makes the complicated concepts accessible for the reader, so much so that considering I’m not usually a sci-fan, I was eager to know more. My lack of scientific knowledge didn’t stifle my enjoyment of Entanglement in the slightest.
The novel’s often subtle and sarcastic humour is supported by witty footnotes, comprising some bizarre facts and even a couple of cake recipes. Amid the comical cultural references, there was also a Liverpudlian milkman who needed an interpreter so the others could decipher what he was saying. Being from Liverpool myself, I didn’t know whether to laugh or feel offended.
Finally, with the bizarre plot and laugh-out-loud dialogue, I never anticipated feeling as emotional as I did at the end. There were some questions left unanswered, but knowing that book two, ‘Transference’, is on its way, I’m delighted to learn that the loose ends will be tied and that I’ll be reunited with Thomas’s loveable characters.
Thank you to Cameron Publicity & Marketing for my free copy of Entanglement in exchange for an honest review.
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