Dark Tide Rising (William Monk Series #24)

Dark Tide Rising (William Monk Series #24)

by Anne Perry


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When a ransom exchange turns deadly in this thrilling mystery from New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry, Commander William Monk faces an unthinkable possibility: betrayal by his own men.

Jacob’s Island is a broken-down waterside slum, a place of perpetual gloom where Monk is just as likely to lose a man to the mud and tides as to the criminals who hide in the shadows. Kidnappers have chosen this warren of tunnels and alleys as the site of a ransom exchange for Kate Exeter, the wife of wealthy real estate developer Harry Exeter. Harry asks the Thames River Police to secretly accompany him to the spot and ensure that no harm comes to him or his captive wife. But on arrival, Monk and five of his best men are attacked from all sides, and Monk is left wondering who could have given away their plans.

As Monk follows leads from Kate’s worried cousin and a crafty clerk at the bank where Exeter gathered the ransom money, it seems undeniable that one of his own men has betrayed him. Delving into their pasts, he realizes how little he knows about the people he works with every day, including his right-hand man John Hooper, the one colleague Monk has always been certain he can count on—but who is also hiding something dreadful. As the case runs into obstacle after obstacle, Monk must choose between his own safety and the chance to solve the mystery—and to figure out where his men’s loyalty really lies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399179914
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/18/2018
Series: William Monk Series , #24
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 136,611
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the William Monk novels, including An Echo of Murder and Revenge in a Cold River, and the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including Murder on the Serpentine and Treachery at Lancaster Gate. She is also the author of Twenty-one Days, the start of a new series featuring Charlotte and Thomas Pitt’s son, Daniel, as well as a series of five World War I novels, sixteen holiday novels (most recently A Christmas Revelation), and a historical novel, The Sheen on the Silk, set in the Ottoman Empire. Anne Perry lives in Scotland and Los Angeles.


Portmahomack, Ross-shire, U.K

Date of Birth:

October 28, 1938

Place of Birth:

Blackheath, London England

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Dark Tide Rising 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down! The twists were classic Perry.
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Loved this book and all the characters . ,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the story’s main character was Hooper, not Monk. I have always enjoyed the previous books when Monk was depicted as very astute detective, with Hester’s help at solving cases. I ‘m disappointed that Monk was depicted as somewhat remiss in his detective methods. Not smart enough to see through the ploys of Exeter. Even, I believed Exeter’s guilt from the beginning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It’s been quite a while since I’ve read an Anne Perry novel and I won’t wait so long next time! I truly enjoyed reading this book. Before I review I want to say that I was attracted to the book by both the description of content and the cover. Then I found out it is the 3rd is a series for these main characters, and while it was definitely a good read as a stand-alone, I know that I will go back to read the first two. That being said, this genre and time-frame where the story takes place has always been interesting to me. Murky parts of London, people trying to survive in less than good conditions, and descriptions of the characters who make this place their home. This story revolves around a man, Monk, who is the commander of the Thames River Police, and the men who work with and for him in this treacherous job. He is called upon to help a “man of means” whose wife has been kidnapped and a very pricey ransom must be paid for her return,. But the kidnappers have added some very specific directions that will lead Monk and his men into a very dangerous situation, with disastrous results. And then Monk has to determine who he can trust, and who betrayed him. I enjoyed the development of the characters of the story and learning the stories behind the men in his command. This is definitely a book i would recommend to readers. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and publishers in return for an honest review, which this was.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been avidly reading all the Monk and Pitt books since the first and then waiting eagerly for the next as I must now do again. I should pace myself, but can't help just devouring each one as soon as I down load it. Miss Perry, please hurry with the next Pittand Monk books ?
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lee2staes More than 1 year ago
A Great Mystery The story starts out as the Thames River Police Commander, William Monk is asked to go with Harry Exeter to provide protection as Exeter hands over ransom money to the kidnappers of his wife Kate. The ransom exchange goes terribly wrong. There is drama, murder and embezzlement. The ransom money is lost. Someone betrayed them. The rest of the book is about Monk trying to find out who betrayed them and why. The story and plot line really held my interest and attention. This is another great book by Anne Perry.
NovelKim More than 1 year ago
Set in 1871, William Monk, Commander of the Thames River Police is called upon by his friend, the prominent lawyer, Sir Oliver Rathbone to assist a client whose wife has been kidnapped. If you haven’t met them before you will be introduced to his squad of River Police as well as his wife, Hester and a few other notables in Monk’s life. Mystery, murder, betrayal, love and despair find their way into this story. I am a novice in the William Monk series, and without any previous background I enjoyed this book from cover to cover. Anne Perry is a consummate mystery writer, weaving this story with twists, turns, and subplots. She paints an accurate depiction of London in the latter part of the nineteenth century with a particular eye for the swamp that was the Thames River. I would not hesitate to read other in this series. Thank you Random House- Ballantine for a copy.
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
Anne Perry delivers an amazing novel set in England. Perry develops many interesting characters, but in my mind, I feel that one of the characters has been forgotten. Hester has a man with a dubious past that maintains the bookkeeping for Hester’s clinic, but this man is never utilized when a bookkeeper is needed. Perry dwells on the setting and the reader can feel the dampness and despair of Jacob’s Island, a place descending into oblivion. The murder of Kate Exeter forces William Monk to question the men under his leadership. Who has betrayed the police force? Anne Perry delves into the past and current life of each of the policemen that went to Jacob’s Island, as Monk attempts to find murderer and which of his men might be working with the murderer. The story follows Anne Perry’s usual formula with the last chapters focused on the arrest and trial of the accused. And as usual, the truth blares in the conclusion.
Susan1215 More than 1 year ago
I am blown away by this novel. Phenomenal is not a worthy enough term for this book. This was my first Anne Perry novel and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. What I found was a Victorian mystery that kept me guessing. What I loved the most in this Anne Perry novel was that I never expected the outcome.
iiiireader More than 1 year ago
I’m fairly new to books by Anne Perry but what I have read so far, I have enjoyed. “Dark Tide Rising” is the first in the William Monk series that I have read. The plot was interesting as well as the characters. The characters are extremely well-rounded but makes me want to go back and read the earlier books to see where they came from to get to this point. The plot, while interesting and well-written included a “whodunnit” that I found fairly easy to solve. I read a lot of mysteries, so that may be why it proved to be so. The caliber of the writing and the characters more than made up for my guessing the ending so soon. In going through the book, I found it easy to follow. While I don’t feel you need to read the whole series and that the book can be read stand-alone, the book contained information that are a tad bit of spoilers for the earlier books. I’ll let a little time go by and hopefully forget some of those clues, then I’ll go back and read the earlier books with a fresh mind. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
This is a new to me author. I really liked this story and the characters were great. I liked the mystery and the early police procedures. Very interesting. I will be looking for more books by this author. Monk expects to help a man get his wife back from kidnappers. What he doesn't expect is to get ambushed and then to find the poor woman dead. He knows that someone on the team had to betray them. There was no other way it could have happened. So, while trying to figure out which of his men betrayed them all, he has to figure out who the kidnappers are and why they killed Kate. As the investigation progresses, two more people end up dead and there is no answer as to who is responsible. Monk knows how it feels to have your wife kidnapped and maybe he isn't thinking rationally. Are his emotions getting in the way on this investigation?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Set in the 19th century England, Thames River Police Commander William Monk's newest case! Monk is asked to help get a kidnapped victim back it ends up going horribly wrong and turns into a murder investigation. With Monk starting to wonder if he can trust the men he works with to help find the answers This was a fun read with nice twists and turns another 5 of 5 stars for Anne Perry
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
Sir Oliver Rathbone comes to Monk’s home and asks for help with a problematic situation. A man’s wife has been kidnapped for ransom. The man, Harry Exeter, is willing to pay it, but he wants no police involvement. He simply wants Monk to accompany him to ensure the trade is made. Of course Monk agrees and with a few of his most trusted men set up a plan to safely ensure the exchange first, and once Kate Exeter is safely with her husband, attempt to capture the kidnappers. But their plan results in deadly circumstances and Monk is left with the gut-wrenching thought that they were betrayed by one of their own. Determined to find the perpetrators and ferret out who betrayed them, Monk throws his all into this case. But can he live with the truth! I have only read a few of the earlier Monk novels, but it was easy to pick up on the character and his current circumstances. I enjoyed the flavor of the late 1800’s as well as his loving relationship with his wife...who is also a strong female character of her own. My main complaint was the handwringing and “who do I trust” went on a bit much. But in the end, Monk redeemed himself and helped lay bare the truth, regardless of any personal consequences. Disclosure: I am voluntarily reviewing this book received through NetGalley.
JeanK More than 1 year ago
In Anne Perry’s latest William Monk novel, Sir Oliver Rathbone requests his assistance when Kate Exeter , the wife of a London real estate developer, is kidnapped. Harry Exeter will gladly pay the ransom for his wife’s return, but he would like Monk and his men from the Thames River Police to accompany him. The exchange is to take place on Jacob’s Island, a dangerous maze of deserted alleys and tunnels that is partially submerged during high tide. Monk deploys his men, but before they can reach Kate they are attacked in the darkness, making it impossible to identify their attackers. With the ransom stolen, they finally reach the exchange point but find Kate viciously murdered. Monk’s plans were known only to his men, leading him to believe that one of his men must have betrayed them. It is a conclusion that preys on his mind as they work together to solve the murder. He now finds himself questioning the actions of the men he works beside. While he knows their capabilities as policemen, he realizes just how little he knows them personally. Even Hooper, his second in command, is hiding events from his past that he fears would destroy his friendship with Monk if they were known. With few clues to go on and thoughts of betrayal, Perry has written a mystery that provides a number of unexpected developments. Anne Perry has long been one of my favorite authors for historical mysteries. Dark Tide Rising is one more excellent entry in this series. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Random House in exchange for an honest review.
Kris Rafferty More than 1 year ago
I haven't read a book like this since my teens. It was straight who dunnit and lots of historical atmosphere and attitude. Recommend.
AvidReaderOfAllBooks More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Dark Tide Rising by Anne Perry. This was the first book of this series I’ve read. As a result, I wasn’t sure who Hester and Rathbone were in the beginning, but by the end, I was very comfortable with who was who and what they did in the story. It was much more enjoyable than other books I’ve read that were set in Victorian England. The books I’ve read before tended to be stuffy and very rigid in the way they were written. This one delves mostly into the psychology of what happens when one believes that someone they’ve trusted could have betrayed what was being done and that betrayal leading to a murder. Not only do they have to worry about who committed the murder, they also have to worry about who betrayed them. The ending was good. It involved the emotions of and the lengths some people will go to protect someone they care about no matter the consequences to themselves and showed who was the person behind the betrayal. I don’t want to say any more than this because I can’t do it without spoilers. This is a five star book.
MaGoose More than 1 year ago
Who kidnaps Kate, wife of wealthy Harry Exeter, and demands a king’s ransom? The money paid, Kate’s release still goes awry. In Dark Tide Rising, Inspector William Monk stands amid a conundrum. He and Harry Exeter followed the kidnappers’ instructions to the letter. Who knew and betrayed them? Mistrust oozes up from the Thames like the famous London fog. How can Inspector Monk untangle the web of betrayal and distrust surrounding his chosen team of River Police? Overall, Dark Tide Rising is good, but not one of the best within Perry’s William Monk series. There is little action as most of the drama is psychological. Monk seemed too willing to believe it was one of his men who betrayed the secrets of the ransom plan rather than looking hard at a man he had just met and about whom he knows next to nothing. Without disclosing too much of the ending, one wonders how certain facts, which come tumbling out towards the end of the novel, got into the hands of someone who’s in jail. (A full review can be seen at www.janecairns.com.)
anneinaz More than 1 year ago
Dark Tide Rising by Anne Perry is the 24th installment in her William Monk series. Sir Oliver Rathbone, Monk's good friend, arrives at Monk and Hester's home one evening to request that Monk come and meet a man whose wife has been kidnapped. The man requires assistance in delivering the ransom and obtaining the safe release of his wife from the hands of the kidnappers. Monk is involved immediately and his whole crew gets involved. It all goes horribly awry. This is how the story begins. Dark Tide Rising is a tale of betrayal and suspicion. The idea that one's closest companions may have betrayed their jobs and those they work with casts a pall over the entire investigation and all those involved. In many ways it is more important than the mystery. The way the words absorbed the doubt was masterful. Everyone questioning everyone and everyone they knew. Monk's story never grows old. The cast of characters changes and flows from book to book but the core remains solid. It is wonderful to immerse myself in the world of William Monk despite the fact it is a dark one. I love this series; this book. I highly recommend it. It is not necessary to read the entire series as Perry does a good job of filling us in on the important details from the past, but starting at the beginning will be more pleasurable for the reader. I received a free ARC of this book in exchange foe a fair and honest review. #netgalley
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is another of the William Monk mystery series by Anne Perry. It does not disappoint. I had never read any of the books in this series, and I was a little put off by the setting, mid-19th century London. I generally don’t read books with this type of setting. But as I read, I began to greatly enjoy the pace and the plot of the book, which has a number of plot twists that made for entertaining reading. William Monk, the chief of the Thames River Police in mid-19th century London, is visited by Rathbone, his lawyer friend and confidant. Rathbone has been approached by a friend, Exeter, a rather rich developer, for help from the Thames River Police. It seems that his wife has been kidnapped and a ransom, which he can barely raise in time, is to be delivered in.a particularly nasty neighborhood. Would Monk oversee the exchange. Monk does and is waylaid by the kidnappers as are his men who he brought with him. Exeter and he are separated during the exchange, and when Monk finds him, his wife is dead and the ransom is gone. Monk soon realizes that one of his men must have tipped the kidnappers off, and so begins an investigation into murder and betrayal. The characters of this book are well-drawn; Hooper, Monk’s right-hand man, is a former sailor with a dark secret. He falls in love with Celia Darwin, one of the witnesses to the kidnapping. Hooper does much of the investigation along with Monk and his other men. Just when I thought I had nailed the murderer, the plot twisted and new possibilities were presented. I was never sure about the culprit to the end of the book, and I have to say it was a surprise. This is an entertaining book and well worth reading for any fan of mysteries. Highly recommended, 5/5 stars. Read this and other book reviews at bookgeist.blogspot.com.
saberle More than 1 year ago
One of my pleasures is reading a new book by a favorite writer. Anne Perry’s Dark Tide Rising is such a book. Here in the continuing William Monk series, things at work and on the home front are turbulent. Is there a disloyal member of the squad? And if so, who and why? And at home, Monk is troubled by his feelings for Hester a nurse he met while recovering from an injury. In this installment, Monk is asked to accompany a man whose wife has been abducted. They are going to drop off the ransom money. What happens is a surprise which I will not disclose in this review. As a bonus, the life and times of Monk’s second in command, Hooper are revealed. There is a trial featuring Oliver Rathbone and Inspector Runcorn continues his tribulations. Longtime Ann Perry fans will enjoy the newest entry into what is an outstanding series. Newbies will find themselves transported to 19th century London and wanting to immerse themselves in Perry’s abundant backlist.
CheliD More than 1 year ago
Rathbone enlists Monk help when one of his clients' wife is kidnapped for ransom. Monk is supposed to accompany the client to pay the ransom and recover the wife but it all goes terribly wrong and the wife is killed. Now Monk needs to find the kidnappers/murderers. He feels the clients grief particularly since he is reminded of Hester's kidnapping and his own feelings in the situation. But there's even more guilt on his part because he believes that one of his own men was partially responsible for the bad outcome. The mystery of the kidnapping, murder and subsequent investigation is filled with twists and turns that are Ms. Perry's norm - not saying this in a bad way because the reader is kept on the edge of their seat waiting for a thoroughly satisfactory though surprising resolution - again her norm.