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The Prisoner of Hell Gate: A Novel (edition 2016)

by Dana I. Wolff (Author)

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Title:The Prisoner of Hell Gate: A Novel
Authors:Dana I. Wolff (Author)
Info:Picador (2016), 224 pages
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A group of college students and a junior professor go out on the river one day and end up landing on a mysterious island. The students are all studying the field of public health. They hang out together often and call themselves the Sewer Rats. They are curious about the island and drawn to its mysteries. As they explore the island, they come across signs of recent habitation, even though no one should be living there. Many years ago, it was where Typhoid Mary was imprisoned - for the sake of public safety. Things gradually get creepier, as it starts to get dark and the students start to worry if they will ever make it off the island.

This is an interesting story. Half of the story is told from Mary's point of view, and the other half from the student's. Mary is angry and wants to be left alone. One of the students, Karalee is the granddaughter of the doctor who imprisoned Mary on the island.

I can't say it left any real impression on me, but the story was unusual. I finished it a while ago, but have been busy with school. Sorry about the short, semi-coherent review. ( )
  Jadedog13 | Mar 10, 2017 |
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"Karalee Soper, a graduate student at Havermeyer University's school of public health, grew up hearing tales of her heroic great grandfather, George A. Soper, who tracked down and locked away Irish immigrant cook Mary Mallon--the infamous disease carrier who came to be called Typhoid Mary. So when partying on a pleasure cruise with her closest friends, she finds herself in an area of the East River known as Hell Gate--in sight of the long-uninhabited island where Mary languished bitterly for decades--and can't resist the temptation to sneak ashore for a secret visit. Soon five curious and precocious twentysomethings are wandering among the macabre ruins of abandoned Riverside Hospital. Budding experts on the history of communicable disease, these students think they've mastered everything there is to know about Typhoid Mary and North Brother Island. But they don't know who tends the garden by the crumbling greenhouse. They don't know about the ghosts of the General Slocum shipwreck. They don't know the intentions of the hermit woman who offers to cook them dinner. And, worst of all, they know nothing of the sinister history lurking in the DNA of Karalee Soper, who will soon learn to her horror that the real prisoner of Hell Gate is the person she least suspects"--… (more)

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