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A Willing Victim | [Laura Wilson]

A Willing Victim

London, November, 1956. DI Ted Stratton is investigating the murder of Jeremy Lloyd, a young man with a taste for esoteric religion. Stratton's enquiries lead him to Suffolk, where the mysterious Mr Roth has founded a Foundation for Spiritual Understanding. Apparently Lloyd had believed himself marked out for great things. But at the Foundation, Stratton meets 12-year-old Michael, who is proclaimed as the next incarnation in a long line of spiritual leaders. He is rumoured amongst Roth's disciples to have been immaculately conceived....
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London, November, 1956. DI Ted Stratton is investigating the murder of Jeremy Lloyd, a young man with a taste for esoteric religion. Stratton's enquiries lead him to Suffolk, where the mysterious Mr Roth has founded a Foundation for Spiritual Understanding. Apparently Lloyd had believed himself marked out for great things. But at the Foundation, Stratton meets 12-year-old Michael, who is proclaimed as the next incarnation in a long line of spiritual leaders.

He is rumoured amongst Roth's disciples 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, Stratton assumes he has found "the mother", but the reality turns out to be far stranger.

©2012 Laura Wilson (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd

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    Nicola ascot, berks, United Kingdom 06/06/2013
    Nicola ascot, berks, United Kingdom 06/06/2013 Member Since 2010
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    "What a gem"

    I love crime/suspense novels and this story is up there in my most enjoyable listens. Set back in 1950's you are subtly aware of the differences to modern day. The story unravels and the police are sent round and round attempt to gather evidence to support their theories. Fully of self absorbed characters living in self-created hierarchies with devoted followers. Appropriate for post war Suez Canal crisis / fears. Well written, excellently narrated. Didn't want to stop listening.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. J. Bretherton uk 17/04/2013
    Mrs. J. Bretherton uk 17/04/2013 Listener Since 2011

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    "kept me enthralled throughout"

    Laura Wilson is an author new to me, whose storytelling held my attention throughout with clever turns of plot and excellent characterisations. The reader, Sean Barrett caught the exact phrasing and interpretation of each of the complex characters.



    The story covers a period of about a decade in post WWII England, when society was struggling to find meaning and discovering a new wave of something spiritual to believe in. Essentially a murder mystery, with a careworn but likeable detective, it includes elements of a psychological thriller, crime investigation and social comment. It is an intelligent story requiring some concentration to hold all the threads leading to its conclusion which does not disappoint.



    I look forward to discovering more by this writer and to listening again to Sean Barrett's readings.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MISS OXFORD, United Kingdom 14/11/2013
    MISS OXFORD, United Kingdom 14/11/2013 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellently narrated and a good story"
    Where does A Willing Victim rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed this book, it is long and does occasionally feel a little slow, but there is always enough being held back to make you want to keep listening to find out what is going on. The narrator is excellent and ultimately is the reason why I'll buy the next book, I thoroughly enjoyed his performance, and I enjoyed the story too - it's not as fast paced as my normal choices, but I liked the characters and I found the story believable and not full of a load of rubbish that was hard to follow or totally unbelievable etc. Overall I would definitely recommend it, and I am very picky with audiobooks because I can't stand very heavy accents - it was nice to have it read in a non-offensive English accent rather than American like so many audiobooks are (no offence!).


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    Matthew nottingham, United Kingdom 03/09/2012
    Matthew nottingham, United Kingdom 03/09/2012
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    "just ok"

    i do not understand why this was editors choice the book was only ok and had a very weak ending

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