Corridors of the Night : William Monk

  • by Anne Perry
  • Narrated by David Collacci
  • Series: William Monk
  • 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Anne Perry, that incomparable novelist of life in Victorian England, has once again surpassed herself with this 21st installment of her New York Times best-selling William Monk series. 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". 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 cure 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, Corridors of the Night is Anne Perry at her magnificent, unforgettable best.

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Brilliantly written

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 ethics are of the highest caliber. She sets out to correct the situation and suddenly disappears. Monk and all their friends are hunting for Hester.

Perry again exposes the rotten underbelly of 19th Century London, with its huge disparity between the wealthy elite and the impoverished lower working classes. (Sound familiar.) Perry is a fantastic writer of historical fiction, her characters are alive, complex; their personalities are real and the speech reflects their status and upbringing in the Victorian era. Perry provides a nuance and strong layer of moral questions which elevate the story. The story also demonstrates how far the criminal justice system has advanced with crime scene investigation and forensics. I was particularly interested in the status of nursing and medicine Perry revealed in the story; also found the information on blood transfusions fascinating. Perry not only tells a good story but educates the reader about the history of the Victorian era. David Colacci does a good job narrating the story; he is one of my favorite narrators.
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- Jean "I am an avid eclectic reader."

Love her writing, characters, and plot twists

Would you consider the audio edition of Corridors of the Night to be better than the print version?

I like both. I usually consult the Kindle version for the spelling of names and places.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Corridors of the Night?

I love the ongoing involvement of secondary characters from previous books in addition to Hester and Monk: Rathbone, Scuff, Work, Squeaky, Sgt Orme). This doesn't really answer the question, but that would give away surprises in the plot.


Have you listened to any of David Collacci’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I very much enjoy all the books that he has read in the Monk series. I know when I see his name as the reader that the story is in good hands. Fortunately, this series has had several top notch readers.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I can't say without giving away several plot twists. But the plot and character development are extremely well done, and there are times when I yell out loud when something unexpected happens.


Any additional comments?

This is one of my very favorite series. It's one of the few audio series that I've listened to several times. I look forward to each new release and download it as soon as it's available. I'll have to read her WWI series and resume listening to the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt series while I'm waiting for the next Monk book. Thanks, Audible, for making these Anne Perry series available!

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- Marcheta "love audio books - Anglophile"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-15-2015
  • Publisher: Recorded Books