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The Silent Cry (William Monk #8)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  2,775 Ratings  ·  141 Reviews
Deep in London's filthy, dangerous slums, Victorians transacted their most secret and shameful business. For a price, a man could procure whatever he wanted, but it happened now and then that the price he paid was his life. Now, in sunless Water Lane, respected solicitor Leighton Duff lies dead, kicked and beaten to death. Beside him lies the barely living body of his son, ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 29th 1998 by Ivy Books (first published June 12th 1997)
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Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Anne Perry has yet to disappoint. Multi-layered plots are woven deftly around and with a core cast of characters, and each novel is laden with fascinating and yet tiny details that make the setting incredibly vivid without the reader being overloaded. In this case, she highlights the the poverty of factory workers, especially those women working for a pittance who are sometimes forced to occasionally prostitute themselves to feed their children, and the living conditions they must suffe
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Dec 28, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm really not sure how to rate this book. On the one hand, it was Anne Perry's usual brand of brilliant, engaging writing, but the story itself left me feeling conflicted. I'll get into that in a spoiler soon. One final non-spoilerish note: she sure does write about the seedy things... I can only take so much of that.

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Christine Page
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very dark, a topic that is hard to read so I keep putting the book down until I cannot stand it and pick it up again. Victorian England is dark and depressing full of hopeless people because of the class system. I am glad it is not like that today.
Jamie Collins
Another enjoyable Victorian mystery. Monk tries to track down a group of gentlemen who are viciously attacking prostitutes in one of London's worst slums. The ending is typically overwrought, but I continue to enjoy these characters and the setting.

Monk and Hester draw ever closer together.
Alison Stuart
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
In recent years Anne Perry has soared to the best seller lists with her crime novels set in Victorian England. She writes two "series" detective novels, the first and more successful being the "Inspector Pitt" series and the second revolving around the darker more complex character of the policeman turned private investigator William Monk and the nurse Hester Latterley.

"The Silent Cry" is the eighth of the William Monk series and like many of her previous novels both in this series and the Pitt
Jul 03, 2012 rated it liked it
I remain absolutely spellbound by Anne Perry's ability to present an involved mystery story set in Victorian England while at the same time providing thought-provoking commentaries both on the social evils of that time (as well as on all times in general) and on the inequalities between the lives of the very wealthy and the lives of the very poor--and also, of course, to continue the evolving romance between the main characters. Granted, it's a rather slow romance; this is #8 in the Inspector Mo ...more
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it

Perry weaves together two stories of rape, murder, and mayhem while advancing the individual stories of her protagonists and carefully describing the geography of the activity. It is an interesting book but it used a plot line much like the last one I read. In her work, high-minded persons are often set up for a fall and underdogs are lifted, at least in reputation. With that bit of understanding, it was not difficult to determine the likely perpetrators. of course, it would not be a very intere
SILENT CRY (Hist Mys/PP-William Monk-England- 1800s) - Ex
Perry, Anne - 8th in series

From Fantastic Fiction: Deep in London's filthy, dangerous slums, Victorians transacted their most secret and shameful business. For a price, a man could procure whatever he wanted, but it happened now and then that the price he paid was his life. Now, in sunless Water Lane, respected solicitor Leighton Duff lies dead, kicked and beaten to death. Beside him lies the barely living body of his son, Rhys. The police
Rebecca Huston
Two people are found in the notorious St. Giles neighborhood of London. Leighton Duff is dead, but his young son Rhys is barely clinging onto life. In the Seven Dials, women workers are being raped and savagely beaten, and sweatshop owner Vida Hopgood hires William Monk to find out who has been abusing her workers. Hester Latterly is hired to nurse Rhys back to health. Rhys is the one who holds the clues, but he has been rendered mute by the horrific events he witnessed. This wasn't a book for t ...more
Diane Challenor
I'd forgotten how good the William Monk series is. It's been at least a year since I read the last one. I've read them in order, and am now up to book eight. Can't put it down. The plot is intriguing. The time and place, that is, Britain after the Crimean War, is a placement within history I always enjoy. The pace suits me, not too fast, not too slow, not too edgy. An enjoyable mystery for the reader to unravel by turning the page.
A fantastic story. You will not believe the ending. Anne Perry has a real gift. No swearing or foul language. People seem so real and sincere. Just sit back and be entertained for a few days. It is not a fast read. You must read every word.
Robin Miller
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am surprised that after I have read so many of her books that she brings something new to her characters and story. I am putting the next one onto my reading list.
Jackie D'andrea
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I almost didn't read this book because it was a little slow at first but as the characters an story line built up it soon became quite a compelling read. The book really put you back in time and allows the reader to visualize what London was like in the 17th Century. Its a great history lesson on how the class system worked in that era . Great twist at the end so worth the read.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have just read all 22 of Anne Perry's William Monk series non-stop over the past 5 months and loved every minute of them. I have never in my life before read an entire series back to back and even when I've previously read a trilogy I've had to stop for a breather part-way through. They are so well written and introduce all sorts of historical events and social issues of the time (1850s & 60s).
C.E. DeJoria
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good historical mystery

I have read many of Anne Perry's series with Charlotte Pitt. The former policeman, Monk, is a much more flawed and confused character than the policeman Pitt. Hester is stubborn, strong and loyal just like Charlotte. Memorable characters, vivid settings and a confounding mystery. Great reading!
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
A slow book that drops clues to the outcome all through the book.
Marilyn Fontane
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, anneperry
The Silent Cry is an excellent mystery in which Monk himself is the main character. Hester is there of course privately nursing a young man, Rhys Duff, who was hurt in a brutal beating in the St. Giles, a London slum in which his father Leighton Duff was killed. His wounds are tended by his doctor, Corriden Wade, who keeps them from the private eyes of his nurse Hester, but even more devastating than his apparent wounds is the fact that he has lost his ability to speak. Judging by his facial exp ...more
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Took me a couple of tries to get into this book, but that was more me than the author. The only reason I gave this book four stars instead of five is that there was far too much repetition of the evidence. Had the detective truly kept a chronological order of the crimes involved and the whereabouts of all the suspects, the issue wouldn't have been resolved at the very last minute of the trial.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Leighton Duff, a respected lawyer, is found beaten and kicked to death in a London slum. Beside him is his son Rhys, also beaten and barely alive, and unable to talk. Hester Latterly is hired to nurse Rhys as he recovers in his parents’ home. Rhys suffers from what we would now call post-traumatic stress syndrome, and his recovery does not go well. The police cannot seem to solve the crime, and Monk also gets involved. Rathbone is the judge who tries Rhys for his father’s death, and as usual, P ...more
Laura Edwards
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is my first Anne Peery novel in the William Monk series. The fact that I began my introduction to Monk with the eighth book in the series in no way lessened my enjoyment of THE SILENT CRY.

The story begins in a cobbled alleyway on the seamier side of Victorian London with the discovery of the brutally beaten bodies of two gentlemen. It is discovered that the victims are father and son, Leighton and Rhys Duff. With the father dead and the son barely clinging to life the question is what were
Oct 08, 2016 rated it liked it
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First sentence: John Evan stood shivering as the January wind whipped down the alley.

Premise/plot: The Silent Cry is the eighth book in the William Monk mystery series by Anne Perry. (Perry has two ongoing Victorian mystery series.) While some books in the series have been disturbing and violent, this one seems even more so. Think of it as historical Law and Order SVU.

My thoughts: What can I say about the crime(s)? Honestly, I hated that aspect of this one. I will just add that it's best you don
Jan 30, 2016 rated it liked it
I couldn't justifiably give this book 2 stars but I don't really feel that it is a three star book either. I have never read a Monk Mystery nor have I read anything by Anne Perry. This is the 8th book in the series and I have not read any of the other books. If I had, I may have appreciated the back story and the reminders about previous cases but in this instance, I didn't know who this Monk guy was and I didn't care why he lost his memory. I just wanted the author to get on with the mystery at ...more
Anne Hawn Smith
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, victorian
This is one of the best in this series. It is really hard to see where it is going until the end, but there is suspense all the way through it.

Two gentlemen lay bleeding in the seedier side of London, one dead and one dying. They are covered in blood but their injuries don't account for the amount of blood. The younger man lives, but is terribly injured and can no longer speak. His hands are shattered and he can't communicate with writing either. Hester Latterly is called to nurse the young man.
P.D.R. Lindsay
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another winner from Anne Perry. This novel is one of the Monk and Hester series. It's a stunning read dealing with a case which involves both Monk and Hester. They come together because Monk's case of chasing down the nobs whose idea of fun is to beat up and rape the poor leads him to the house where Hester is nursing.

Perry always writes an onion plot - that is a plot with many layers and great depth. She understands people and the inner depths of good and evil within a human being. This shows
Feb 17, 2015 rated it liked it
"The Silent Cry" is good but not my favorite Anne Perry book from the Monk series. In this book, Monk is an "agent of inquiry" and is employed by a woman who, with her husband, runs a factory. The woman has some concerns about some of her factory workers being raped and asks Monk to find out who is doing it. The book starts with the murder and serious injury of a wealthy attorney and his son, respectively, in a London slum. John Evan is the police officer who attempts to solve the mystery of who ...more
Feb 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: all-2014, hfu2014ba
This is the first Anne Perry book I have read. The book was well written and easy to read.

I did feel, however, that the pace of the book was very, very slow for a mystery. A lot of the first 40-odd pages appear to be reminders of events in previous books, which I have not read and which did not add to the book. I did not feel that I had been transported to Victorian England at all - in fact the few references to events at the time (e.g. Belzoni's discoveries) felt somewhat clumsily entered.

I had
Sep 21, 2009 rated it liked it
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Anne Perry (born Juliet Hulme) is a British historical novelist.

Juliet took the name "Anne Perry," the latter being her stepfather's surname. Her first novel, The Cater Street Hangman, was published under this name in 1979. Her works generally fall into one of several categories of genre fiction, including historical murder mysteries and detective fiction. Many of them feature a number of recurrin
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