Two hearts. Twice as vulnerable.Manhattan, 1850. Born out of wedlock to a wealthy socialite and a nameless immigrant, Cora Lee can mingle with the rich just as easily as she can slip unnoticed into the slums and graveyards of the city. As the only female resurrectionist in New York, shes carved out a niche procuring bodies afflicted with the strangest of anomalies. Anatomists will pay exorbitant sums for such specimensdissecting and displaying them for the eager public.Coras specialty is not only profitable, its a means to keep a finger on the pulse of those searching for her. Shes the girl born with two heartsa legend among grave robbers and anatomistssought after as an endangered prize.Now, as a series of murders unfolds closer and closer to Cora, she can no longer trust those she holds dear, including the young medical student shes fallen for. Because someone has no intention of waiting for Cora to die a natural death....
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The Impossible Girl Reviews
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Manhattan, 1850. Born out of wedlock to a wealthy socialite and a nameless immigrant, Cora Lee is born with two hearts. Now, her life is in danger and she must find the person who is killing people with strange anomalies and selling their bodies for a profit.
Great gothic story. The writing flowed nicely and the story was interesting to read. Great imagery of 1800's medical practices and the murky city streets of New York.
I have always had a fascination with the macabre, the "freaks", the strange and different. Probably why Freak Show is still my favorite season of American Horror Story, partly why I loved The Greatest Showman and why I absolutely adore this book.
Cora is the girl with two hearts - having to grow up as a boy and then take on dual roles as herself and her twin brother, taking on a job as a resurrectionist so she could always be privy to any talk of anyone coming after her, to show her, or rather h ...more
First and foremost, I would like to thank NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for my first ever ARC.
''Many things are possible. The human body's mysteries are finite but not yet solved.''
I can wait the day Goodreads will change it's rating system, because it's so hard to put a rating, especially when a book leaves you with your feelings split. This one is actually 3.5.
I always found 1800s an the first half of 1900s pretty interesting, because there is always something new to discover, somethin ...more
Thank you Netgalley, Lydia Kang and Lake Union Publishing for the free e-book in exchange for an honest review.
Born out of wedlock in 1850, Cora Lee can mingle with the rich socialites just as a well as she can sneak into the graveyards of the city. She’s the only female resurrectionist in New York and she’s made her money by finding bodies with strange conditions that anatomists will pay big money for. Cora’s specialty is not just for the money, but to keep up with what anatomists are looking f ...more
The wealthy Cutter family of Manhattan will not stand for the shame and embarrassment of heirs born out of wedlock.
When Elizabeth Cutter finds herself unmarried and pregnant, she's sent away to live with her cousin Charlotte who had also found herself in the same predicament but lost her baby during childbirth.
Elizabeth dies in childbirth but her daughter survives. When a doctor arrives, he is astonished to find two heartbeats and tells Charlotte and her maid Leah that the girl will not live. ...more
If you don't try to analyze or make sense of some of the characters' actions, this makes for an entertaining historical mystery-thriller. It takes place in 1850s NYC, during an interesting period in history, when medical schools needed cadavers for their anatomy classes and research, with demand high and voluntary supply (by family members, etc.) almost nonexistent. What to do but steal freshly-dead bodies from graves to sell. Those involved in this grave robbing were known as resurrectionists a ...more
"The impossible girl with two hearts."
One of the most controversial, grim and fascinating aspects of the Victorian era was the exhumation and selling of corpses for medical purposes. The advancing need for therapies over a multitude of ailments made the demand of knowledge of the human body and the way it fights against disease made these criminal actions flourish, the perpetrators earned a small fortune. I've always been drawn to novels dedicated to this subject and "The Impossible Girl" won ...more
After Lydia Kang’s novel A Beautiful Poison changed my mind about historical fiction last year, I couldn’t wait to dig into her latest offering. The scene is New York City, 1850. Cora is a resurrectionist--a polite-sounding word for “grave robber.” She negotiates deals with anatomists, medical schools, and museums, and then her brother Jacob (actually Cora dressed in men’s clothing) digs up the bodies along with his crew and delivers them to their buyers. It’s grisly work, but it’s vital for Cor ...more