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Linda Acaster is a writer with talent. That she’s done research in depth for this book is clear. The detail, especially of the archaeology and history of York, is superb. I thought I knew the city, but I’ve learned things I never even suspected. York is, in fact, another character in the book.
The story is complex; an intertwining of present day events with those occurring in Roman York. And, ever-present, the raison d’être of hero Nick’s every move, is the enigmatic and mysterious entity that may or may not be Alice. The past returns to haunt Nick, literally, as he struggles to recover from the devastation of loss that occurred earlier in his life. To complicate matters, a new woman emerges uninvited into his life. Sophie is clearly a girl intent on a good time and, when she goes missing, her association with Nick places him in the field as a prime suspect with the local police.
Are Nick’s experiences real, imaginary, glimpses of another world and time, or the product of a damaged mind struggling with a past event too difficult to face? In weaving the tale, Linda Acaster keeps the reader guessing, providing clues but muddying the waters with an unreliable narrator.
Is this book crime, romance, historical, occult, or is it both a combination of these and something else entirely? And does it matter that it crosses genres? As a reader, such classification isn’t important to me. What matters is a gripping tale populated by characters I can empathise with and others I can thoroughly dislike. And this book provides exactly that.Read more ›
Nick feels responsible but is he? Is he deluded? Is he psychic? Are the horrifying visions the sensual visions that he experiences from within himself or from lethal, ancient forces outside? The author cleverly shows how 'modern' man reacts to these strange events by revealing how the police view Sophie's disappearance and Nick's odd history. Who is to say they are mistaken? That is the beguiling tightrope walk we are sent on throughout 'Bull at the Gate'. The final third of the novel, with Nick desperately seeking to find Sophie and Alice, is a exciting historical chase, full of twists and turns, fascinating clues and high stakes. Linda Acaster makes the reader care for her characters: they are not pawns being shifted about in a heartless chess game of 'find the historical fact'. This is superior story-telling of the highest order.
The novel has a long reach, with flashbacks to Roman times and a parallel storyline that reveals the beliefs of that period. Is there a time portal that opens?Read more ›