Book Review – Entanglement

Entanglement by Katy Mahood (The Borough Press) ISBN 9780008245665

This debut novel by Katy Mahood is an interesting tale focused on the story of two couples in London spanning three decades. The entanglement element refers to how interconnected we all are.

Stella and John are academics. They meet at University and fall in love. Motherhood and John’s subsequent illness stops Stella from completing her PhD which makes her resentful.

Charlie and Beth are an unlikely couple – the main problem is the class issue, not just that Charlie is not Jewish like Beth. They think they can make it work but the death of Charlie’s sister and his best friend cause him to drown his sorrows in alcohol. Can their love survive?

I did not think the characters were as developed as they could have been, so I did not feel enough of an emotional connection to them. However, it is a different kind of novel and is worth reading. The entwining of the two families in the final two sections is a nice modern twist.

Amanda Blankfield-Koseff