The Lover

The Lover

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It is the autumn of 1940, and London is in the terrifying grip of the Blitz. An unidentified female corpse is discovered in an alleyway in Soho - the fourth to have been found in a matter of weeks. The women - all prostitutes - have been horribly mutilated, and it is clear that the darkness and confusion of the war-ravaged city, a 'Blackout Ripper' is at work. Rene is a Soho prostitute with a young son to support. She's learnt to cope with the air-raids, but each night on the streets is a terrifying ordeal as the killer begins to pick off her friends. Lucy is a young, middle-class office worker living with her family in Clapham, her head full of romantic notions of how love ought to be. She struggles to make sense of things as her peaceful suburban life degenerates into chaos while London burns and crumples under aerial bombardment. Jim is a fighter pilot, handsome and much admired for his heroism in battle. The killer instinct makes him perfectly suited to the daily challenge he faces above the skies of southern England, but the strain is beginning to tell. In ordinary circumstances, their paths might never have crossed, but in war-torn London, anything can happen.One night a bomb falls, with terrifying consequences for them all.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 156 x 236 x 34mm | 580.61g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752859803
  • 9780752859804

About Laura Wilson

Laura Wilson was brought up in London and has degrees in English Literature from Somerville College, Oxford and UCL, London. She has worked as a non-fiction editor, a writer of history books for children, and is interested in history. Her first thriller, A LITTLE DEATH, was shortlisted for both the CWA Historical Dagger and the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original.
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'What's most memorable, though, is Wilson's vivid picture of London itself - shabby and scorched, without the time or opportunity to lick its own wounds. Inspired... by the actual but little-known case of the 'blackout ripper', but shaped by Wilson into a gritty work of imagination that has the ache and authenticity of the real thing.' LITERARY REVIEW 'Laura Wilson is very good at creating an authentic period atmosphere. ... The portrait of life and death under the Blitz is vivid and moving, told in turn by three characters... When the three com together at the end of the book, the meeting is dramatic and inevitably tragic.' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'This is a noir novel in the vein of Graham Greene which looks at how the psychological pressure of war may lead people to lose their moral compass. But most importantly this is a gripping story of several lives - the victims and the killer. No one is better at getting inside characters and and creating bone-chilling atmosphere than Laura Wilson, and here she shows that her place is right at the pinnacle of crime fiction.' TANGLED WEB 'Laura Wilson's The Lover is quite simply superb: not only the best thing she has written to date, but certainly one of the best crime novels of the year.' -- Mike Ripley BIRMINGHAM POST 'Laura Wilson is one of those crime writers who breaks every boundary in the genre: she steps wholeheartedly into the ranks of genuine literary writing while never losing the ability to tell vital, lively, give-me-more stories.' -- Manda Scott SUNDAY HERALD 'The Lover is a finely written period piece and a psycholoical suspence story that delves below the surface of a deeply disturbed human being. ... An atmospheric and, at times, grusome tale, The Lover delivers on its promise of being a chilling and intense read.' IRISH EXAMINER 'On the surface, this is a scary thriller, reeking with atmosphere. Underneath, interesting themes are explored. ... It all makes for gripping reading.' LEICESTER MERCURY '...this is a tense and intelligent psychological thriller that confirms Laura Wilson's seat at the high table of British crime writing. ... Seldom has the anatomy of fear, compulsion and deviancy been so closely detailed. Quite terrifying and sadly believable.' -- Maxim Jakubowski THE GUARDIAN 'Laura Wilson bases The Lover on meticulous original research into London prostitution during the Second World War. A chilling serial killer is murdering prostitutes in the blackout in this terrific read, which continues the Dickensian tradition of the London crime novel.' -- Jane Jakeman THE INDEPENDENT '...compelling evocation of the moods and textures of wartime London. It is so believable, from tiny details to big set pieces, that you can almost smell the smoke as the buildings burn.' {this is a review of the audio edition} SUNDAY TIMES
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89 ratings
3.33 out of 5 stars
5 11% (10)
4 37% (33)
3 33% (29)
2 12% (11)
1 7% (6)
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