When their own lives are at risk, some people will do anything to survive...
Corridors of the Night is the twenty-first exceptional historical thriller featuring William and Hester Monk, from the Queen of Victorian crime Anne Perry. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Sarah Perry.
'Pulls no punches and depicts Victorian London in all its corrupt glory' - Bookreporter
One night, in a corridor of the Royal Naval Hospital, Greenwich, Nurse Hester Monk is approached by a terrified girl. She's from a hidden ward of children, all subject to frequent blood-letting, and her brother is dying.
While William Monk's River Police fight to keep London safe from gun-runners, Hester takes on a new role at the hospital, helping to administer a secretive new treatment. But she slowly realises that this experimental cure is putting the lives of the children at risk. Attempting to protect the young victims, she comes under threat from one rich, powerful, and very ill man who is desperate to survive...
What readers are saying about Corridors of the Night:
'I truly could not put this book down. The suspense had me in the edge of my seat and the subject matter had me hooked!'
'A riveting mystery wrapped up in the dark and seamy side of Victorian London'
'Anne Perry is the best Victorian crime [writer] I have ever read'
More thriller than mystery, Perry's melodramatic 21st William Monk Victorian historical (after 2014's Blood on the Water) focuses on the Thames River policeman's wife, Hester, a skilled nurse tested in battle during the Crimean War. While filling in for a friend on the night shift at an annex to Greenwich Hospital, Hester encounters a terrified six-year-old girl, Maggie, who pleads with Hester to help her gravely ill seven-year-old brother, Charlie. When Hester sees the slight lad, she's shocked by his condition and pessimistic about his chances of survival. Her efforts to rehydrate Charlie buy him some time, but her knowledge that a doctor has been routinely drawing blood from him, Maggie, and their four-year-old brother, Mike, places her liberty and her life in jeopardy. The identity of the person behind the blood-letting is no secret, and a logic flaw undermines the serious moral debate that's at the heart of this lesser effort.