The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang {Book Review}

The Impossible Girl was the featured book in my adult October Once Upon a Book Club box, and I was so excited to see it! I have wanted to read this book for months, since the first time I heard about it. I’m not as far behind as you’d think with this review—Once Upon a Book Club ships mid-month, and due to delivery delays with Canada Post, I didn’t receive the box until mid-November.

The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang
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, she’s carved out a niche procuring bodies afflicted with the strangest of anomalies. Anatomists will pay exorbitant sums for such specimens—dissecting and displaying them for the eager public.

Cora’s specialty is not only profitable, it’s a means to keep a finger on the pulse of those searching for her. She’s the girl born with two hearts—a legend among grave robbers and anatomists—sought 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 she’s fallen for. Because someone has no intention of waiting for Cora to die a natural death.
— Goodreads

When I first heard about this book, I had to Google resurrectionists to see if they actually existed—and they did, but they were more commonly known as body-snatchers on this side of the Atlantic. Not as charming or romantic as resurrectionist, so I can see why Lydia Kang went with the British wording.

There isn’t a lot I can tell you about this book that isn’t a) a dead-ass spoiler, or b) lifted from the description of the book, but I can tell you that this book is utterly fascinating and bewildering. Frequently, I found myself Googling things in the book—and then subsequently falling down the rabbit hole—so I learned so much while reading it.

Because of the delivery delay (that totally wasn’t Once Upon a Book Club’s fault!) I missed the discussions almost entirely, but between the Googling and the gifts, I really enjoyed the experience of reading The Impossible Girl!

My rating: 5 stars.

Ashley Fisher

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