Text and photo by Nora Vasconcelos
I had never read anything by Anne Perry, but the text in the back cover made me get into the first page of the book right away.
The story happens at the end of the XIX century in London, when a nurse is found death at a hospital. The event takes an investigator to get inside the hospital to try to discover all the facts of such an unexpected event.
While investigating, the main character, William Monk, gets in touch again with an old friend, Hester Latterly, a nurse who worked with Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War.
Together, they learn the ways in which the old hospital operates and how the different personal interests of the doctors, nurses and administrators influence on the everyday life of this place.
But hard work and facts are not the only things that they find, this time together gives Monk and Latterly the chance to ask themselves about their personal relationship, with not always the best answers at hand.
Through all the novel, suspense remains, showing also very detail passages of the Victorian London, so that that in the end, it’s easy for the reader to feel inside the story looking at the events, just lika another bystander observing Monk and Letterly trying to solve the mysteries of the story.
When the end comes, the crime is solved, but the suspense between the two main characters and their relationship is still there, leaving the door open to new possibilities for these two friends.