It's the fall of 1940, and London is being destroyed by the Blitz. Every night, its citizens cram into shelters, basements, subway stations—anything to avoid the bombs. And every morning, they awake to scenes of fresh devastation. But some of those citizens don't wake up. In many cases, it's the bombs that are to blame. But for a handful of the dead, there seems to have been a more immediate cause. The victims were all prostitutes, like the victims of another, notorious serial killer. Jack the Ripper may be long gone, but it's clear that someone is following in his footsteps. Based on a true story, Laura Wilson's historical thriller is told through multiple points of view, including those of the killer and of a London prostitute, a device that gives the story both intimacy and suspense. As a novel about life in wartime, the Sunday Times of London wrote, "It is so believable, from tiny details to big set pieces, that you can almost smell the smoke as the buildings burn."
"A tense and intelligent psychological thriller"—The Guardian
"It is so believable, from tiny details to big set pieces, that you can almost smell the smoke as the buildings burn"—Sunday Times of London
Who's likely to like this: Fans of Barbara Vine, Daniel Silva, and Christopher Hyde