'Extraordinary mastery of the atmosphere, dialogue and morality of London's past ... a subtle writer who achieves her grip on the reader by the accumulation of little gems of setting and characterization' The Times.
'An excellent thought-provoking read' Literary Review.
'A Willing Victim is a complex, richly-textured novel, beautifully written' Shots Mag.
'an intelligent, thought provoking crime novel with a particularly poignant ending' The Spectator.
'A top-notch police procedural' Sunday Telegraph.
'this book was so brilliantly written that I kept having to look up from reading to reassure myself I wasn't back there' Promoting Crime.
'Wilson herself really excels in the passages of poetic description' Independent.
'brilliantly written and scrupulously researched. Some historical fiction trades in nostalgia. This does not. Instead it details a period that few of us would willingly return to live in but which we really ought not to ignore' Reviewing the Evidence.
'a skilful and moving tale of faith and madness, elegantly dressed up as a police procedural' Mail on Sunday.
From the Inside Flap
On a dank November day in 1956 DI Ted Stratton is called to a murder scene - a loner has been stabbed in his Soho lodgings. The victim is Jeremy Lloyd, a man with a taste for esoteric religion. Stratton's enquiries lead him to Suffolk, where the mysterious Mr Roth has created a Foundation for Spiritual Understanding in a house famed for being haunted. It seems that Lloyd had believed himself marked out for great things. At the Foundation, Stratton meets Michael, a twelve-year-old boy who has been proclaimed as the next incarnation in a long line of spiritual leaders stretching back to Christ and Buddha. He is rumoured to have been immaculately conceived, but the woman who is said to be his mother, and whose photograph was cherished by Lloyd, has disappeared. When a woman's body is found in woods nearby, Stratton initially assumes he has found her, but the reality turns out to be far stranger and far more terrifying.