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Orphan # 8 by Kim van Alkemade (December 2015)

In 1919, four-year-old Rachel Rabinowitz is placed in the Hebrew Infant Home where Dr. Mildred Solomon is conducting medical research on the children.  Dr. Solomon subjects Rachel to an experimental course of X-ray treatments that establish the doctor's reputation while risking the little girl's health.  Now it's 1954, and Rachel is a nurse in the hospice wing of the Old Hebrews Home when elderly Dr. Solomon becomes her patient.  Realizing the power she holds over the helpless doctor, Rachel embarks on a dangerous experiment of her own design.  Before the night shift ends, Rachel will be forced to choose between forgiveness and revenge.

Inspired by true events, Orphan # 8 is a powerful novel about the human capacity to harm - and to love.
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