Awards: Shortlisted for the CWA Gold, Silver and Historical Dagger 2004. Winner of
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 murdered woman to have been found in a matter of weeks. The women – all prostitutes – have been horribly mutilated. 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 Rene’s 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, catching a few hours’ sleep each night under the kitchen table as London burns and crumples under aerial bombardment. Jim is a fighter pilot, handsome, admired and rewarded 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 ordingary circumstances, their paths might never have crossed, but in war-torn London, anything can happen, and one night a bomb falls, with terrifying consequences for them all. Laura Wilson’s fifth novel is a gripping psychological thriller, vividly evoking the plight of Londoners at war, at a time where the treat of death was ever-present and the future – if it existed at all – was unimaginable. Chilling and intense, The Lover confirms Laura Wilson’s reputation as a writer of outstanding talent.
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