From Beverley Wiles of Brisbane, Australia
5.0 out of 5 stars
Her descriptions of places, of things, are equally well done. I could see Angel’s library, could almost smell the accumulated dust. The book is full of imagery that sticks in the reader’s mind.
The story is revealed little by little, keeping the reader guessing along the way, wanting to read on to find out how the story is resolved. It builds to the point where the denouement actually seems anticlimactic in light of everything that has gone before, but then Maya gives us an epilogue that closes the story beautifully while still leaving us wanting more.
I’m glad to see that there will be more, too.
July 17, 2012
From Mark Webb, UK
5.0 out of 5 stars
Failed academic and former TV ghosthunter Angel Copperwheat reluctantly faces up to the challenge of returning lost souls to their ghost-possessed bodies and catching a vicious serial killer while avoiding arrest for the murders himself.
Angel is an odd sort of hero: self-conscious and self-critical, lazy and cowardly, happily coasting through his comfortably-complacent life in a quiet town in the English shires, until he finds dispossessed souls squatting in his private dimension – his snowy `other’ world – who insist that he face up to the mess he has created with his supernatural meddling and help rid the world of the ghosts and demons he unwittingly released.The writing is richly metaphorical, dark but unexpectedly funny too, with sudden flashes of humour that take you by surprise. There are shades of Neil Gaiman and Diane Setterfield here, maybe even a bit of Terry Pratchett in the character of Alan Henderson, aka wanabee pop star Heathcliff Strong, who was deprived of his life when a `bloody Bedford van cut him off in his prime’ in 1962. Repeatedly reincarnated into lives he abhors, all he wants is to return to the life he had as Cliff Strong, front-man of the might-have-been-big, Magistrates.There are some terrific characters; the motherly Claudia, rescued from a life of homelessness and now Angel’s staunchest defender; Leese, a teenage prostitute with a secret side; the obsessive DI Raj Lal, convinced Angel is the serial killer he seeks, the strangely possessed Reverend Reginald Forster and his vicious henchman Charlie Barrow, `a Cruikshank wood-cut figure… Victorian-villain of collective memory.’Entanglement is also a book about books. Books and libraries and the ghosts that haunt them play a large part in the story, including the final answer, the last piece in Angel’s puzzle, which is found in a long-forgotten, dusty academic tome.Entanglement doesn’t race, it unfolds, a little slowly at times but bear with it; it is as intriguing as it is compelling, full of sudden surprises and with an end I never saw coming. Highly recommended.
From: Miss H. J. Walker, Yorkshire, UK
From: Sandra Spiess-Mundt, Luen, Switzerland
Started your book last night. Wow. I thought I could write a bit; compared to you I just about make rank amateur.
10th December 2012
A book that questions the nature of spirituality. Is there a God? Are there many Gods? Are we ALL God? With a dose of mythology, some shamanism, a bit of quantum physics, and all hung on the shoulders of a self-doubting academic at a provincial university.
I read this on the recommendation of a friend and was rather glad I did. I was expecting something different (the ‘paranormal’ genre has become bloated with tedious and unimaginative romance stories) but Entanglement seems to me more fantasy/SF than paranormal. The story twists, moving away from the usual paranormal/possession/reincarnation novels, ending up somewhere I never expected at all. The story is full of unusual twists, the writing is exceptional, almost poetic at times, with side trips into the nature of the senses, of colour and scent and sound.
I believe this is the first of a series and am intrigued to see where Mr. Copperwheat’s story will go.
Entanglement is a paranormal murder mystery that delightfully wanders from the well-trodden romance driven norm for the genre. Grounding her paranormal setting in quantum physics as well as spirituality adds to the reality of Ms. Panika’s world. Her lead character, Angel Copperwheat, is not a hulking heart-throb. Rather, he’s a self-doubting somewhat cowardly academic, who struggles to step into the role of hero. While these wanderings are what makes the story so good, they do require more from the reader. This is not a formulaic light read. Be prepared to think and you will discover a wonderfully written story well worth your time.
January 24, 2013