Corridors of the Night

Corridors of the Night One night in a corridor of the Royal Naval Hospital in 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

  • Title: Corridors of the Night
  • Author: Anne Perry
  • ISBN: 9780553391381
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One night, in a corridor of the Royal Naval Hospital in 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 secretiOne night, in a corridor of the Royal Naval Hospital in 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

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    • Candi says:

      "The Hippocratic Oath says, 'First, do not harm'! Yet how can you discover new medicine if you make no experiment that might end badly? Who is to take the chances to step forward into the unknown where no one can evaluate the risks?"Anne Perry's Corridor of the Night tackles this question during a time when medical ethics and experimentation were not as well-defined as they are today. Victorian London is the setting for this, the 21st book in the William Monk series. I enjoyed the atmosphere.Two [...]

    • Beth says:

      This was good, but not great. I'll probably always be an Anne Perry fan, but I find I'm getting more and more impatient with some of the dramatic techniques the author uses. Perry's always been prone to having her characters carry on long mental conversations with themselves during which they question, speculate, agonize, and envision the motivations, feelings, reactions of other characterseven while they are conversing with the character they're thinking about. And this can go on for a page or [...]

    • Tracey says:

      It's been a long, long while since I read an Anne Perry, but I've always liked the William Monk series best. (amnesia! What's not to like?) I was tickled to win Corridors of the Night as a LibraryThing Early Reviewer.First off, this CD edition (CD's!) has a lovely narrator, David Colacci. He sounded very familiar, but I don't think I've listened to any of his before; for some reason – perhaps his accent? – I developed a desire to hear him read Tolkien. I'll look for him.As for Anne Perry and [...]

    • Carolyn says:

      I have mixed feelings about this book. Well written and interesting exploration of the beginning of the use of blood transfusions. The presentation of how revolutionary this practice to medicine would was also well presented. However, as a nurse, I felt that Hester's role was not completely honest to nursing or to the character that we have come to know . The use of children as "blood suppliers" against their will would never have been acceptable to any nurse, especially to one as such quality a [...]

    • Hilary says:

      3.5 starsInnovation and experimentation are how many scientific breakthroughs are made but at what price? If you can save hundreds, thousands of lives, is it worth the life of an unwanted child? Can the ends ever justify the means?One of the strengths of these books is that the characters are not two-dimensional, nor do they only see one side. The benefits are clearly seen, and understood, so it's the the emotional, moral and legal cost that must be weighed and taken into account when setting et [...]

    • Julie says:

      Corridors of the Night by Anne Perry- William Monk, 21 is a 2015 publication. Although the story does make the reader think, will evoke emotions of anger and sadness, if you are looking for a good murder mystery, this one falls a little short of the mark, and the plot is very slow moving. While I enjoyed the book for the most part, I wouldn’t say this is one of Perry’s better novels, and not what I have come to expect from the William Monk series.Recommended for the long term Anne Perry of W [...]

    • Barbara says:

      Hester Monk honed her considerable nursing skills during the bloody Crimean War, where she worked alongside legendary Florence Nightingale. Years later Hester is married to Commander William Monk of the Thames River Police and running a women's clinic/shelter in London. As the book opens Hester is temporarily substituting for a friend at the London Royal Naval Hospital when she comes across three young siblings (Mike, Charlie, and Maggie - ranging in age from 4 to 7) living in the hospital annex [...]

    • LJ says:

      First Sentence: The small gas lamps along the walls of the corridor flickered as if there were a draught, but Hester knew, it being well after midnight, that all the doors were closed.Hester Monk is filling in at London’s Royal Naval Hospital for a nurse who is sick. She discovers three small, horribly dehydrated children and learn they have been purchased from their impoverished parents and are imprisoned as donors for an experiment by the Rand brothers—Magnus, a doctor, and Hamilton, a che [...]

    • Andrea Sharp says:

      While I still enjoyed the story, this one felt like Anne Perry just phoned it in. Two characters that were in earlier books had their names changed (poor continuity), and from the context and description it was clear who they were supposed to be. Also, there is a rather big plot line in the earlier part of the book involving Monk that just gets dropped and never picked up again. I have thoroughly loved this series, but I'm not sure if I will bother with the next one when it comes out in the futu [...]

    • Jasbr says:

      Für mich war es nicht der erste historische Krimi von Anne Perry und auch Inspector Monk und seine Frau waren mir aus früheren Büchern schon bekannt. Trotzdem viel es mir anfangs schwer, die einzelnen Personen in Bezug zu einander zu setzen und mich wieder daran zu erinnern, wer wer ist. Das kann daran liegen, dass ich nicht alle Krimis dieser Reihe kenne und sie auch nicht unbedingt in der richtigen Reihenfolge gelesen habe. Das hat sich auch bemerkbar gemacht, als auf einige Geschehnisse in [...]

    • Jen says:

      3.5 starsThe back-story of the Monk series involves William Monk and the carriage accident ten years previously that left him with no memory of his past and Hester Latterly, who had recently returned from the Crimea where she was a nurse with Florence Nightengale. Although the books can easily be read as stand-alones, they are easier to understand if you begin with the first one The Face of a Stranger. It isn't necessary to have read all of them, but the first one gives some important background [...]

    • Shirley Schwartz says:

      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 Hospit [...]

    • Susan says:

      Corridors of the Night by Anne Perry is the 21st book of the William Monk Victorian mystery series set in London. Monk commands the Thames River Police, ably supported by Orme, his experienced and trusted mentor. But Orme is ready for retirement; Monk knows he will soon need to rely upon his younger officers. As the river police plan a mission to stop gunrunners, Monk meets an Excise man who evidently holds a grudge from long ago (memories lost forever to Monk).Hester resumes nursing at a hospit [...]

    • Cynthia says:

      As much as I enjoy Monk, Hester, Scruff and Oliver, I am annoyed. This last book (hopefully so far) was so disjointed. Monk's original story about the gunrunners was compelling and tragic, then dropped. Hester's story was compelling and morally intriguing when concerning the Rand brothers, but the story line with Adrienne and Radnor was bizarre and unexplained. But my biggest complaint was the seeming change of characters names. Monk and Orme speak of Devon's "step down the river, with all that [...]

    • Gary says:

      I have read most of the Monk series and they have been good, but this one was just annoying and full of holes. The author played fast and loose with the law and even seemed to forget her own plot (view spoiler)[ Hester testified that Rand never touched her or threatened her he held a bloody scalpel to her throat! (hide spoiler)]. Hester seeming to lean towards the end justifying the means frustrated me. Other annoyances were too many to list.

    • Mskychick says:

      2-1/2 stars. It felt rushed and unfinished.

    • Sophia says:

      Twenty-one books in and this series of books has yet to fail me. Undoubtedly, this particular installment had about it the air of a transition book setting up the next turn in the story arc even while it delivered on another mystery with political, social, and ethical ramifications that hits very close to home.Should they be read in order? Short answer, yes! The author has written a series of books that not only offer powerful and intriguing mysteries, but she also introduced three key players: [...]

    • eyes.2c says:

      Another Perry winner!This story does indeed begin in the 'corridors of night' when Hester discovers a young child traversing the hospital corridors looking for help for her brother. Another complex Perry plot evolving around the selling of children, kidnapping, medical experiments and related ethics, and of course betrayal and murder, that is centred around the stalwart Monk and Hester.A daughter is betrayed, and Monk is betrayed by someone from his past. This is Hester's story though and the tr [...]

    • Laura Edwards says:

      I was all set to give this book three stars until the ending, the reasons of which I will get to at the end of this review. First, let's start with Monk. In my opinion, his character has grown stale and there is little of interest during his parts of the story. Not to mention, Orme's fate was telegraphed from the get go. How disappointing he wasn't allowed to walk off into the sunset of retirement. I suppose the reason being that now Monk can obsess over his supposed guilt in future books. Oh, p [...]

    • P.D.R. Lindsay says:

      I am always delighted to find a new Anne Perry, whether it is a Monk or a Pitt novel. This is a Monk novel and a little different from the usual plot line. Anne Perry always leaves a reader with something to think about and 'Corridors of the Night' touches closely on a topic which is just as relevant today.That is one of the joys of a well written historical. It can tackle topics which are sensitive today and because the setting is the past, make readers see more clearly the problem, at a distan [...]

    • Judy Lesley says:

      I'm finding myself in the "caught between star ratings" situation with this book. I've read some novels by Anne Perry before but they were in a different series. This was my first reading of a novel featuring William Monk and his wife, Hester. The mystery was definitely not a standard murder mystery plot and in the beginning I thought there would be two plots taking place simultaneously, one featuring Monk and one Hester. That situation with Monk simply ended with no resolution for what had happ [...]

    • Jean Poulos says:

      This is book 21 of the Monk series. The books are historical fiction based in the 1850’s London. This book features my favorite character Hester. Hester is a nurse who was one of Nightingales’ team of nurses in the Crimean War. In this story Hester is filling in for a friend on the night shift at the Greenwich Hospital. Hester discovers research is being conducted on indigent men, women and children without their knowledge. If you have read other books in this series you know that Hester’s [...]

    • Beckiezra says:

      I haven't read a book from the Monk series in a very long time and I stopped reading before he and Hester even got married so quite a lot has happened in 21 books that I either don't remember or never read. I wouldn't call this a mystery even though it was picked for my mystery book club and the earlier books were more mysterious. If I'd been following these characters I'd probably have been pleased with the book. It seemed pretty well written and nothing was terribly off putting which tends to [...]

    • Barbara says:

      I have been an Anne Perry fan since I read the first Monk installment many years ago. I was looking forward to reading the ARC of this new one, thank you to Net Galley for the opportunity, but I felt this latest installment to be lacking. There was no preamble, the story just kind of took off, normally Perry likes to build up, give the reader some back story, but that was missing here. I also felt there were several disjointed sections that just did not flow well (Monk and the gun runners was wa [...]

    • Phoebe says:

      Medical ethics and the question of whether the end truly justifies the means are the meat of the latest Monk novel. Slimmer than the others, it also feels darker, and ends abruptly. Hester, filling in for a sick nurse friend, discovers three badly dehydrated children hidden away in a deserted ward. This disturbing encounter leads her to Dr. Hamilton Rand, a chemist whose experiments in blood transfusion have been groundbreaking. Mysteriously, however, the blood of some people causes those being [...]

    • Ionia says:

      I had a difficult time with this one. Whilst there were parts of this book that I found fascinating, there were other parts that I couldn't stay focused on and I felt went unresolved. I have read a few other books in this series, and I found this one to be a bit darker and more moody than the others. I liked the characters just as well, but the story lines at first seemed to be separate and I was interested in the husband's half of the tale, but it was that part that seemed to be left unfinished [...]

    • Naberius says:

      I'm a big fan of Anne Perry's, and eagerly await any new book. So, when I grabbed this off the library shelves, I couldn't wait to get reading. And it was ok. Something about the book seemed a bit off to me. It wasn't the characters (I'm always happy to see them again in each new book). But, somehow, the plot just didn't grab me. The pacing seemed a little off at times, and uneven. And, the language sometimes gave me pause. While I accept that a character would say, "What do you mean, woman?", I [...]

    • Jeanne Adamek says:

      This isn't really a mystery. If anthing it is more a historical crime novel.I found the story superbly written. I have always enjoyed reading Anne Perry's novels. I also love reading historical novels and in this book, Ms. Perry doesn't gloss over the undesirable and unpleasent fact of living in the late 19th century.But what I felt was truly admirable was this story really made me think what medical care was like and how far we have come with our health care now. While I realize that health car [...]

    • Barbie says:

      I won this book on a giveaway. Thank you and Recorded Books! I enjoy Ms. Perry's books due to the mingling of history and mystery. The motive for many of the murders in her books are social or medical circumstances from 1860's England. They tend to have twists that make perfect sense when in the society described. Even though the characters and settings are the same in her books, they don't get repetitive. Corridors of the Night was no exception. I enjoyed the historical aspects of the medicin [...]

    • Kate says:

      A disappointment. Not up to her standards at all. I gave up reading the Charlotte and Thomas series after he became involved in spying all the time and it was more action than characterization which is the reason I read the books.This book is about 260 pages long which is about 100 to 200 pages shorter than her usual books. It is very short onplot, characters even suspense or mystery. A very pedestrian type novel. I wonder if Ms Perry is running out of steam.Will read the next one and if it the [...]

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