Goodreads - UK I was first introduced to this book when the author Chris came to visit my book group, it appealed to me not least because of it's setting being my hometown but I was also interested in the fact it was based on a true story of a mysterious man named Walter. I'm not going to include any spoilers in this review as I want people to read my review and in turn read the book. The novel is set in the early 1900s and opens with an exciting police chase across the rooftops of Sheffield. I found the opening chapter to be wonderfully descriptive one of the sort that makes you smell the smells and hear the sounds really sets the scene. It went on to introduce who will be the three main characters of the story: Walter Stanford - a young man who despite a good upbringing has a love of mischief which keeps on getting him into lots of trouble. Mr Elliott - a probationary officer of sorts who is there to assess Walter and try to rehabilitate him as best as possible after sentencing. Mary O'Driscoll - a young Irish nurse who helps out at a deaf school in her spare time (this is how she became associated with Elliott) The first few chapters did take some getting into for me but it was well worth persevering with when the plot thickened it did so quite suddenly that the nature of the storyline took me by complete surprise and I was unable to put it down! Wonderfully written and imaginative a story of dark crime and horror mingled together with drugs, prostitution and secrets. I also enjoyed the subplot which involved a trip to far off countries, a struggle, out of body experiences and dabbled in the spirit world but it was all brought together so wonderfully that there was never any doubt about which character was playing what part and despite its complex nature it was very easy to follow. I recommend this book to anyone really if you enjoy historical fiction, crime novels or what it reminded me mostly of James Herbert then please give this book a try. Really looking forward to the sequel now!
Website review - UK I finished your book a few weeks ago, it is fantastic. Characters – they were all believable, some I liked (Mary, Tom, Ann and Walter), some I detested (Canon Brockwell, Sister – delusion of grandeur and obviously had issues with not being higher up the nursing ranks!), I thought Robert was quite weak and at times I wanted to shake him! I thought you captured the mood of the era, dark and foreboding at times and genteel at others. I loved the way the characters stories intertwined and you managed to keep me guessing as to what would happen next and how their stories would develop. I loved how you mixed the scientific world with the spiritual world – I think this is something that still causes conflict in society today when people are trying to find answers and explanations.
Website review - UK I have read your book and found it to be a great read. I was intrigued with the characters and left wondering what was going to happen next. Some days I found it difficult to put down as I was so engrossed with the script.
Website review - UK I really really enjoyed reading this book. I volunteered to read it purely because we share a surname and I am really glad we do, as I would not have read it otherwise. I cried through the last chapter, it was so wonderfully written and the perfect end to a story that has taken such twists and turns. I started reading this on Monday and finished it on Friday. It is the best book I have read in a while, and I read good books.
Website review - UK I finished your book last night, and may I take this opportunity to congratulate you on a well written, engaging book!
Amazon - US Suspenseful! This was a very different book from what I usually read. Although I do enjoy a good mystery. Lots of surprises! The author is in the process of writing a sequel and I cannot wait to read it.
Website review - UKThoroughly enjoyed! I read your book whilst on holiday this summer. I did find it a little slow to get into at first but once I had established the characters in my mind I avidly read at every opportunity.The characters and their journey through the book came alive as I read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend its purchase should you go to print.I usually read 2 or 3 books whilst away and your book is equal to and in some cases much better than most holiday reads that I pick up at the airport. I do hope you write another!!
Goodreads - UK From my humble opinion this has got a bit of everything for everybody, romance (not too much, just enough), mystery, happiness, sadness, frustration – but most of all the intrigue and anticipation that keeps the reader interested. The way you have described the scenes is so detailed - I had no problem in actually picturing them in my mind. I could see the desolation of 24 Newsome Street, Walter trekking his way across the sands and dunes between the camps in his Bedouin attire. The way you wove the paths of the character’s lives was absolutely wonderful! I commend you on your ability to write in such a way that has obviously taken a lot of thought, research and emotion. Absolutely, brilliant. Without sounding cheesy, I feel privileged to have been able to be one of the first to read this, before publication. Thank you so very much! It’s been a real pleasure.
Amazon - UK
A must read.
A brilliant and engaging sequel to Entanglement of Fate. This novel combines the genres of thriller, crime, mystery and the supernatural along with well researched historical information. Keeping interest throughout this is a page turner that will keep any fan of mystery novels engaged and unable to put it down!
Amazon - UK
This is the second volume of The Entanglment Mysteries by Chris Brookes. Though it can be read as a standalone I would recommend reading the first volume Entanglement of Fate which gives a good background to the series and introduces some of the main characters. The book set in Yorkshire around the WW1 period starts starts with a dramatic pit disaster and moves at a fast pace. The dialogue is good and the characters are well drawn but you do need to concentrate as there are some time shifts and quite a few parallel plotlines. These do all come together and certainly kept me guessing. I liked the ending and I look forward to the third volume in the series.
Amazon - UK
Another great book from Chris Brookes
Like the first in the series, a complete, stand alone story, fast paced and complex (entanglement being the operative word) with lots and lots of surprises as it unfolds. Unusual historical crime fiction set around the First World War period but not about the war directly. Straight into the action with a pit disaster, Sheffield's first probation officer has another deceptive case to work on, whilst his personal demons continue to plague him. Elliott with his friend Tom Sharpe work together to reveal the intrigues, corruption, perversity and politics of all involved. More of the backgrounds of Elliott and Sharpe are revealed and brought vividly to life in this second book. I very much look forward to reading the next book in the series Entanglement of Deceit.
Amazon - UK
Very good story line and good flow - would recommend this book.
Amazon - US
I like the fact that the author continues the series with ...
As in all of Chris Brookes books, they are always full of surprises. Every new chapter leads you into more "entanglements" full of mystery. His story line centers around the turn of the century right after WW1, which always leave the door open to some fascinating facts of that time.
I like the idea that Chris Brookes continues his series with the main characters whom I have grown very fond of.
Looking forward to many more of the "Entanglement Mysteries" series.
Goodreads - UK
This is the second book in what is shaping up to be an excellent series. This is so much more than a casual mystery. Beginning with a tragedy that is actually a murder, the author weaves an interesting tale that will keep you guessing til the end. What made this story for me was the vivid characters, tense atmosphere and careful attention to historical details. All these combined to create a touching tale of love, neglect and above all revenge.
Website review - UK
What a great story! You kept me guessing right until the end and I loved trying to sort through all the different 'entanglements'. A lovely easy yet gripping read. Bring the next book out - quick.
Website review - UK
I actually read it in the first weekend and really enjoyed it. It is a nice light read, well researched and a good storyline. So nicely tied in at the end too.
Website review - UK
Not at all what I thought it was going to be like but loved it all the same. It was nice to see the central characters coming back and developing. The way you tell a story with a tense atmosphere is wonderful.
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