(Sorry not sorry that you’re stuck reading endless reviews of Kang, as I devour my way through her backlist.)
I bought this paperback last year in a mass purchase, and onto the TBR bookshelf, it went. Last week I read Opium and Absinthe in KU and adored Kang’s writing style. Then I checked out her other work and was hit with that dreaded TBR moment of “Oh wow, I own a few of her books, and I’m just a bit behind in my TBR for realizing it now.” And honestly, I don’t think I can adequately review this book, which happens when I get so drawn into a story that I forget to make notes. I love Kang’s writing style. I love the historical elements and how she can make the early 1900s New York come to life. I love her characters, and I adored Cora. This book left me with a lot of feels and I cannot recommend it enough.
About the Book:
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.