Author: Adam Fitzroy
Publisher: Manifold Press
Rating: 5.00 of 5 Stars
Genre: Gay Fiction, Historical, M/M Romance, Paranormal
It’s 1991, and a group of English football fans are driving across Belgium; their trip takes them through the site of a former battle, and that’s when a strange sequence of events begins. For Dennis and Allan, colleagues who cordially dislike each other, this means journeying further still – into what appears to be the past, and into the lives of two men who travelled this way seventy-five years earlier, whose unfinished love-affair remains to be played out in full. As they move backwards and forwards in time Dennis and Allan have only themselves to rely on, no markers to show them where they’re going, and no real certainty of ever finding their way home again.
Dennis and Allan, two colleagues who share a mutual dislike of each other, form part of a small group of football fans who travel from England to Poland by ferry and minivan to watch a football match. On the way home they discover their ferry company has gone bust and their only option is to drive further on into France to get a substitute ferry home. As they reach Belgium, and hunting for a roof for the night they get caught up in the dark, on a single road, in a strange mist, and suddenly Allan starts behaving very strangely. Let out of the car to be sick Allan runs off into the countryside, after rambling that someone up the road is waiting for them, leaving Dennis the only one of the group able to follow him. When Dennis finally catches up with Allan he finds him in a trench, wounded by shrapnel, wearing the uniform of a World War 1 officer, and as dawn breaks they find themselves on a battlefield of the Great War. As the story unfolds who they are, who they have been, and who the people are around them gradually takes shape leading to astonishing discoveries and a tentative happy ending, something I wasn’t expecting but was very pleased to read.
The writing was very ‘English’, and very refreshing, that may seem a strange thing to say but for any English readers who know what I am talking about the beginning of the book was like reading an episode of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet*, the snarkiness, the sarcasm, the general ribbing between the group of friends was great, and really set the scene for me. It made the creepiness of the first encounter with the mist more credible, you could sense the tension building, and the confusion.
The desperation and sheer awfulness of World War 1 came over so well that I really felt like I was there, and as much as I liked the comedy of the first part of the book, the pervading sadness and waste of it all sucked me in and made it impossible for me to put the book down. At times I found I was reading through tears at the futility of it all. At first I thought this book was about time travel, but in retrospect I think it’s more about reincarnation, the chance to relive a moment of a previous life, and that thought will remain with me for a long time.
Without a doubt this is one of the most thought-provoking books I have ever read and I can’t wait to read more of this authors work.
This review was originally posted on Mrsconditreadsbooks.com which is no longer online.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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