A compulsively readable thriller that skillfully weaves together past and present to uncover the sinister secrets buried in the ancient stone quarries under Bath.
Kit Parry is reluctant to take the job shoring up the ancient quarries beneath her hometown of Bath - a place as riddled with memories she'd rather forget as it is with Roman ruins.
The miners certainly don't want her there, and her burgeoning romance with lanky foreman Gary looks likely to complicate matters even further.
But when dark developments threaten the spa town's placid facade, Kit must face up to the past she's tried so desperately to bury.
Someone wants her out of Bath - that much is clear - but who was it that brought her childhood to an abrupt end in the summer of her fourteenth year?
Why has she never been back to Bath, and how did she escape her violent father?
When Kit stumbles across evidence of a lost Mithraic temple, the mysteries in her own past become entangled with a search for what could be the archaeological discovery of the decade - and what turns into a dangerous obsession...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 06/05/2008
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780007247134
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Review by infjsarah
I enjoyed this book. It was an easy read and held my interest. I didn't spot the twist though perhaps I should have!The background of the underground quarries at Bath was interesting.The character of Kit was well drawn but I did think the people around her were a lot less so. I didn't think we ever really got to know much about Gary and I spotted that the archeologist was the creep straight off.I thought the plot split between the present and the past was very well done and never got confusing. Spoiler Alert!!There were several unlikely coincidences - finding her own mother's skull! and I think in reality Kit would never have returned to Bath or risked her job to go underground illegally but of course then there would be no story. But there were some very good aspects too - the behaviour of teenage girls - made me cringe in recognition :) her unwillingness to rock the boat in her job as a woman in a male dominated world.her love/hate relationship with her father. I feel like I learned something about Bath and the Mithras cult without any effort. I give this 4 stars out of 5 and I would read another book by her.
Review by ilurvebooks
Another great read by this author have read a previous book but enjoyed this one more it makes you think of the completely different world that is buried underground and how much history is buried never to be seen again!