Free Read [Science Fiction Book] ✓ Dark Asylum - by E.S. Thomson ↠

By E.S. Thomson | Comments: ( 195 ) | Date: ( Nov 21, 2019 )

Set in a crumbling Victorian asylum where a gruesome murder is committed, this sequel to Beloved Poison explores the early science of brain study while giving chilling insight into an asylum s workings.1851, Angel Meadow Asylum Dr Rutherford, principal physician to the insane, is found dead, his head bashed in, his ears cut off, his lips and eyes stitched closed The polSet in a crumbling Victorian asylum where a gruesome murder is committed, this sequel to Beloved Poison explores the early science of brain study while giving chilling insight into an asylum s workings.1851, Angel Meadow Asylum Dr Rutherford, principal physician to the insane, is found dead, his head bashed in, his ears cut off, his lips and eyes stitched closed The police direct their attention towards Angel Meadow s inmates, but to Jem Flockhart and Will Quartermain the crime is an act of calculated retribution, rather than of madness.To discover the truth Jem and Will must pursue the story through the darkest corners of the city from the depths of a notorious rookery, to the sordid rooms of London s brothels, the gallows, the graveyard, the convict fleet and then back to the asylum In a world where guilt and innocence, crime and atonement, madness and reason, are bounded by hypocrisy, ambition and betrayal, Jem and Will soon find themselves caught up in a web of dark secrets and hidden identities.

  • Title: Dark Asylum
  • Author: E.S. Thomson
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Kindle Edition

About Author:

E.S. Thomson

Elaine Thomson was born in Ormskirk, Lancashire She has a PhD in the history of medicine and works as a university lecturer in Edinburgh She was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award and the Scottish Arts Council First Book Award Elaine lives in Edinburgh with her two sons.

Comments Dark Asylum

  • Linda

    Death could come in the most macabre and unexpected way.And what could be a fate worst than death within the walls of Angel Meadow Asylum? Let it be known that nary an angel treads through these dark and dank hallways.The chilled autumn London air of September 1852 finds Jem Flockhart, apothecary of the former St. Saviour's, stirring combinations of fine herbs in order to create quality remedies. His assistant, Gabriel Locke, serves as his apprentice as well. Jem has befriended Will Quartermain, [...]

  • Emma

    Dark Asylum finds Jem Flockhart and Will Quartermain investigating the murder of yet another Doctor, this time within the confines of the monstrously repellant Angel Meadow Asylum. As an aside, if I were in possession of the title 'Dr', I'd seriously consider moving, because their life expectancy is very much under threat from seriously murderous violence in this small area of Victorian London. In any case, the specifics of the medical profession and contemporary 'scientific' notions of crimin [...]

  • ♥ Sandi ❣

    4 stars ~~ Thank you to NetGalley and Pegasus Books, Ltd. for a chance to read and review this ARC. Publication is scheduled for November 7, 2017.A great "Who-Dun-It" that could read like a stand alone novel, however is the second book of the Jem Flockhart series. In the dirty and difficult times of London, 1851, at the Angel Meadow Asylum for the criminally insane, we once again find Jem Flockhart, apothecary and friend Will Quartermain, architect embroiled in a murder. Dr Rutherford, the famou [...]

  • Kate

    A great follow up to Beloved Poison. I love the mood of these books.

  • An

    Dol op de sfeer die in deze boeken zit, je ruikt het Victoriaanse Londen bijna :-P

  • Helen White

    Ooops. Didn't realise this was book 2 when I started it. Never mind didn't stop it being a cracking book. Jem Flockhart gentleman apothecary and friend to several strange doctors who work at an asylum ends up investigating a murder with his friend Will. Jem has powers of deduction and a partner just like another literary detective and there is a shadow of Sherlock at the start but soon you are drawn into a horrible tale of mutilation and murder, lunatics and hangings.

  • Sarah

    E.S. Thomson does it again! The Dark Asylum is detailed, beautiful, horrifying, and educational. As in Beloved Poison, Thomson's knowledge of historical medicine shines through every word. Love love love Jem, our protagonist--what a complex, kick-ass, interesting character! I thoroughly enjoyed The Dark Asylum, and I'll be waiting eagerly for the third installment in this series.

  • Kevin Valgaeren

    Once in a while, you tumble upon a writer you never read before, and you like very much. Thomson is a superb and brilliant author, setting her crime stories in an extremely well researched London of times past, not to mention her knowledge about medical history and the love for her characters. Without a doubt, I can recommend her books about Jem Flockhart to everyone

  • nikkia neil

    Love this series! It's full of adventure, friendship, and illusion. We get to know Gem and Will more each novel but they still surprises me each time. The apothecary shop and garden, asylum and London come alive. HIstorical mystery at its finest.

  • J.R.

    The gruesome opening of this second in Thomson's Jem Flockhart series may put off those who prefer to ignore the gore and horror of murder in their mysteries. But persevere reader. The story is worth enduring a few shivers.In the first novel Jem escorted us inside a decaying Victorian London hospital where everyone had secrets, some leading to murder. This time our venue is a lunatic asylum just down the street from the former edifice, which has now been razed. Jem has chosen not to follow St. S [...]

  • Connie

    Book 2 in the Jem Flockhart series, sees Jem and Will Quartermain investigate the death of Dr Rutherford the principal physician to the insane at the Angel Meadow Asylum. He has been found with his head bashed in, his ears cut off and his eyes and mouth stitched shut. Jem and Will soon find themselves in grave danger as they uncover some deep dark secrets.

  • Vicki

    Dark Asylum is an atmospheric historical mystery set in Victorian London. There is a truly grim mental asylum as well as suspects and red herrings galore, but at the center of it all there is the fascinating apothecary Jem Flockhart with a talent for ferreting out the truth. Jem and architect Will Quartermain chase down leads from the asylum to the cemetery to the convict fleets and beyond. This is the second book in the series and a treat for mystery fans looking for an evocative setting and a [...]

  • Sherry Chiger

    3.5 stars. There's a lot I enjoyed about "Dark Asylum": the unconventional protagonist, the settings both macro (early Victorian London) and micro (an apothecary, a home for the mentally ill), the writing, the fact that I didn't figure out the mystery right away. But as is often the case with this genre, the coincidences seemed to pile up too fast and furiously, and the relationship between the two main characters was a bit unclear to me. We know that Jem is a woman who has been living as a man, [...]

  • Olga Wojtas

    This is the follow-up to "Beloved Poison," the first Jem Flockhart novel, and E S Thomson has had no problem with that tricky second album. This is just as gripping and intriguing, with apothecary Jem and her friend Will Quartermain drawn into an investigation of a horrific murder. Thomson is a masterly storyteller, vividly depicting the seamy underbelly of 19th century London. As with the original, it's also often very funny. I particularly liked this exchange: "If rosemary is for remembrance," [...]

  • Juliet Barker

    This second in the Jem Flockhart series is, in my opinion, better than the first, which I also really enjoyed. It is slightly less gruesome which some may prefer, and it is tightly plotted and well written. I love the author's historic detail and obvious enjoyment of her subject - she makes everything so vivid but doesn't fall into the trap some do of over-describing scenes. She leaves just enough to the reader's imagination to make it a real joy to read. I can't wait for number three!

  • rin (lorenzo)

    omg???? i decided to check if there's a sequel at all????? and it's in march???? SIGN ME TF UPthe cover is beautifullllll

  • Nannette

    Dark AsylumA Novelby E. S. ThomsonPegasus BooksPub Date 07 Nov 2017 Courtesy NetgalleyDark Asylum is the second book in a series featuring Jem Flockhart and Will Quartermain. Jem is an apothecary. Will is an architect. The setting is Victorian London with its tenements full of poverty, crime and disease and a society that punishes those afflicted with a case of being from the lower classes of society. Although I had not read the first book in the series yet (Beloved Poison), I had no problems fo [...]


    E. S. Thomson's "Dark Asylum" takes place in England in the mid-1850s, and is as gruesome, complex, and atmospheric as the author's debut novel, "Beloved Poison." The principal narrator is Jem Flockhart, a woman who passes as a man and owns an apothecary shop. An expert at her trade, she skillfully dispenses herbs, salves, potions, powders, and pills to her customers. Jem shares her rooms above the shop with her friend, architect Will Quartermain, and her apprentice, Gabriel Locke. The author al [...]

  • Dale

    Jem Flockhart book two!My thanks to my contacts at Pegasus Books, Iris Blasi, Katie McGuire, and Maia Larson, for my advance reading copy of this book. You ladies rock!I will add a ***SPOILERS POSSIBLE*** here, but I try not to reveal too much.Jem Flockhart is a young woman who was raised as a male and continues to live as a man. I strongly suggest that readers go back and read the events of Beloved Poison, the first book in this series.After the problems of the first volume, Jem Flockhart is ru [...]

  • Rachel

    This book is certainly a twisting-keep-you-guessing suspense story. The story is told in alternating parts from the current on-going story and from the past of an unknown girl. Just when you think you've got everything figured out, everything gets turned upside-down The last few chapters were pretty exciting and well-paced. I did find this a little more gory than I would typically choose - it is a historical murder mystery, but there were some fairly detailed descriptions of dead bodies and auto [...]

  • Bea

    I received an ARC of Dark Asylum through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to the publisher Pegasus Books and to E.S Thomson for the opportunity.I was excited to read a historical novel about an asylum. As a psychiatric professional I’ve always been fascinated by the historical treatment (or rather lack of) of the mentally ill. It’s hard to fathom that medications only became available around the 1950’s. The book was most definitely true to the time and to the available [...]

  • Gina

    I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. When I first saw the cover of this book, it looked very intriguing to me, and the description drew me in. The problem is that I just could not get into it. I read the majority of the book on a cross-country flight, where I didn't have anything else to do or distract me, but I still had a tough time focusing on the story and getting through it. I am not sure if it is because it is the second book in the series [...]

  • P.D.R. Lindsay

    Phew, nowhere near as much filth, puss, sewage and muck orientated as the first novel but still gross and grubby.I think I object to this new trend in historical novels because I know that we could find such slums and filth today in many of the big cities, London, New York certainly have areas most of us would not care to visit or live among the rats, overcrowding, non-functioning plumbing and deteriorating buildings. I just have the feeling that authors like Ms Thomson seem to feel that we are [...]

  • Peastatgeria

    I just love this book and I love the series. I can not wait until the next Jem Flockhart novel comes out. E.S. Thomson is such an amazing writer. She has become one of my favorite writers. I just love Jem and I loved this story so much. I thought that this one would not be as amazing as the first Jem Flockhart novel but I was wrong. This one was just as astounding ! Ms Thomson makes all the characters just jump off of the pages and the atmosphere of the world they live in is so lifelike and real [...]

  • Deborah Crain

    Another good installment in this unique series. Jem Flockhart, apothecary in the dark, seedy side of London, has left St. Saviours and become the apothecary to Angel Meadow Insane Asylum. Realistic depictions of this hulking horror and its inhabitants made my skin crawl, and the author does a fine job of characterization. A series of murders takes place in the asylum, and Jem needs to use all of his deductive powers to unmask the killer before they strike again. The plot has more than one red he [...]

  • Lulu248

    2.5 StarsThe author has doubtless a talent for describing vivid details of the locale, especially in setting up bleak and stark scenes. However, this being the second book in the series, all that is just repetitive. Moreover, I really dislike it when supposedly resourceful and intelligent characters make unnecessary mistakes and end up in danger to add to suspense; it’s a rather blunt and pedestrian tool The secondary narrative was quite refreshing, though.

  • Jane Cross

    To be honest this book wasn't for me. I liked the different protagonist, Jem Flockhart . The historical details are interesting and well researched .But I just found the story lacked strength. I didn't care about any characters and wasn't surprised with the end.For a grisly tale it pulled its punches and for a mystery it was uninspired.

  • Kiwi Carlisle

    This sequel to the immersive Beloved Poison is fascinating and troubling. This time, the sensitive and secretive Jem Flockhart finds mystery and murder in theolent and cruel milieu of Angel Meadow Asylum. Jem's secrets will intersect with a number of other concealed stories, mostly darker andre sinister. Will Jem, or indeed the reader, emerge unscathed?

  • Peggy

    Thought this would be like a Sherlock Holmes mystery with some creepiness added in. But since it is from the point of view of the main character who is socially awkward, though brilliant, the story is awkward and stilted. There is a reason that Sir Conan Doyle had Dr. Watson tell the stories. His emotion added greatly to the telling of the tale.

  • Natalie

    Really liked this one - like a dark old Dickens novel with a twist. This is the second of a series so I'm going to read the first to get the back story.

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