Review From User :
This book is number 21 in the long-running William Monk series. As anyone who knows me and knows what I read would know, Anne Perry is my favourite author and this series in particular is one that I really enjoy. This book does not disappoint. It's a page turner and Ms Perry keeps the tension tight throughout. Hester has volunteered to cover for a nurse who served with her in the Crimea. Her friend has been taken ill, so Hester has volunteered to cover her shifts at the London Royal Naval Hospital. It is a hospital that mostly cares for badly wounded naval officers, so Hester is very surprised when she happens to run across a small six year old girl wandering the halls in the middle of the night. The little girl is distraught and begs Hester to come help her older brother who is very sick. Hester finds three little children - a girl and two boys and the oldest boy is desperately ill. She cannot conceive why these three children are locked away in a little used room at the hospital, but she cares for the boy until he starts to feel better Hester must understand why these three little children are locked up here and by doing so, she exposes an unimaginable medical experiment. She places herself in grave danger and her husband must try to find her after she has been kidnapped by a mad chemist. The story runs along at breakneck pace, and of course we get not one, but two courtroom battles in which Hester is used as a main witness. It's a "white-knuckle" book for sure and terror runs through its pages. Anne Perry never disappoints.
Category: Adults, Historical Fiction, Mystery
In Corridors of the Night, nurse Hester Monk and her husband, William, commander of the Thames River Police, do desperate battle with two obsessed scientists who in the name of healing have turned to homicide. The monomaniacal Rand brothers-Magnus, a cunning doctor, and Hamilton, a genius chemist-are utterly ruthless in their pursuit of a cure for the fatal “white-blood disease (leukemia).
In London’s Royal Naval Hospital annex, Hester is tending one of the brothers’ dying patients-wealthy Bryson Radnor-when she stumbles upon three weak, terrified young children, and learns to her horror that they’ve been secretly purchased and imprisoned by the Rands for experimental purposes. But the Rand brothers are too close to a miracle cures to allow their experiments to be exposed.
Before Hester can reveal the truth, she too becomes a prisoner. As Monk and his faithful friends-distinguished lawyer Oliver Rathbone and reformed brothel keeper Squeaky Robinson among them-scour London’s grimy streets and the beautiful English countryside searching for her, Hester’s time, as well as the children’s, is quickly draining away. Taut with intrigue and laced with white-knuckled terror,
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