Author: Lydia Y. Kang
Publisher: Lake Union
Release Date: September 18, 2018
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
A dark historical mystery that is perfect for fall reading!
Every era has a dark side and New York City in 1850 is no exception. People with abnormalities die all the time, but now people want to know more about these abnormalities, they want to dissect the people and see what made them occur. In fact, there are plenty of people to pay nicely for such a body. From aneurysms to blocked arteries to being born with multiple appendages, these are worth big money to explore and then display to the public. Cora Lee is the only female resurrectionist and she plays the game well. She stays one step ahead of those looking for bodies to purchase. After all, she has to. She was born with two hearts.
This was definitely a welcome change in my reading schedule. It was almost like a forced shift from light summer reading to a dark, fall read that keeps your mind spinning throughout the night. This book just had a little bit of everything: grave robbing, freak show abnormalities, expected murders, and a cat and mouse game. Kang always brings together a well told story that will keep the reader intrigued from beginning to end. This story flowed better than some of her past books and kept me pretty well hooked throughout, which was probably the subject and timeframe of the story. If you enjoy a little more on the darker side of a novel, give this one a try!
I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.