Romance, History, Mental Health, Fiction and a bit of Quantum Theory

  • Book: The Frequency of Us
  • Location: Bath
  • Author: Keith Stuart

Review Author: SalB

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A ravishing love story between Will and Elsa, ripped apart by an explosion that causes a fracture in the multiverse. Not a typical adult romance book at all. It is so much more. If you put this book into that genre then class it the same as The Time Traveller’s Wife.
I have not enjoyed a book this much in years. A stunningly beautiful voice and a warmly sensitive book by Keith Stuart. At times, my heart was in my mouth and a cliffhanger on every chapter kept me wanting more.
All of the characters have been given their own stage, they are crafted so well. And I can really see them within their own books. They are captivating, colourful, have many layers and intertwine each other beautifully. The old woman who stands watching from the window, a very small part, but captured beautifully and she is still relevant to the story. The little boy who strays from his house to the shed because he wants to speak to his Daddy on the radio, to ask him to stop the bombers from coming; such a bittersweet moment.

I found the subject of mental health was sensitively captured within the book and made relevant to the story as a whole. I felt a deep sense of Laura’s anxiety and daily struggles but at the same time, a determination to do something, anything, to help her friend Will who was overcome with grief.

The concept of the multiverse was not lost on me and Stuart managed to make it more about fate and emotion rather than the theories of science. And how this played out for everyone in the end was spot on.

Being a born and bred Bathonian myself made Stuart’s detailed descriptions of the city, a personal delight. It was a celebration of Bath, its architectural and social scene during late 1930s, early 1940s to which I found fascinating. His attention to detail in his descriptions showed a clear love for Bath and this actually gave another level to the story itself. I was given a new perspective on a city that had become so familiar in my life, I stopped ‘seeing’ it.

As said, I would not classify this book as a typical romance or general fiction even, it is more science fiction than general fiction.

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